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Fun Facts Friday - The BRZ Sports Coupe Isn’t Subaru’s Only 2WD Model

Are all Subaru Crosstrek, Forester, and Outback models all-wheel-drive? Does Subaru make a two-wheel-drive model other than the BRZ? Check out another 2WD model you may not know about.


The Subaru brand is known for its all-wheel-drive Outback midsize SUV, Forester compact SUV, Crosstrek subcompact SUV, and Ascent 3-Row SUV models, but does Subaru make a two-wheel-drive model other than the BRZ sports coupe? Check out our Fun Facts Friday edition of Subaru Report.

Subaru Corporation announced an important anniversary of its Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system this year. September 2022 marked the 50th anniversary of the debut of the Subaru all-wheel-drive (AWD) system.

2023 Subaru models

Since September 1972, its total all-wheel-drive vehicle production has reached approximately 21 million units. All-wheel-drive vehicles account for 98 percent of Subaru's global sales volume. What about the other two percent?

Does Subaru offer a two-wheel-drive model?

The other two percent represents Subaru vehicles with two-wheel-drive. Everyone knows about the rear-drive Subaru BRZ, but does Subaru produce any other two-wheel-drive models? It's not well known, but Subaru Corporation sells two-wheel-drive vehicles other than the BRZ sports coupe.

2023 Subaru models

Surprisingly, the Japanese automaker offers all Impreza trims with 2WD. Customers can buy a Subaru Impreza STI Sport in a two-wheel-drive configuration in Japan. The new STI Sport is also provided with four-wheel-drive, but neither variant is available for U.S. customers.

It's not the first time Subaru has offered a Japan-spec Impreza Sport trim with two-wheel-drive. Subaru had a 2018 Impreza Sport G4 in either 2WD (front-wheel-drive) or AWD for Japanese consumers.

Why doesn't Subaru offer 2WD in North America?

In the U.S., the 2023 Subaru Impreza, 2023 Forester, 2023 Outback, 2023 Crosstrek, 2023 Ascent, 2022 WRX, and 2023 Legacy all come standard with all-wheel-drive. It's Subaru of America's calling card, which sets the automaker apart from the competition.

Subaru says it will continue to pursue the evolution of its core all-wheel-drive technologies. Subaru will respond to the changing times and work to fuse them with new technologies in the 2023 Subaru Solterra EV. Check out the full report about Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system below.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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