How a Subaru Crosstrek Tackles Deep Snow; It’s Where Other Crossovers get Stuck [Video]
When many are dreaming of a warm day on the race track in the winter months, you’ll find Subaru owners dreaming of a snow-covered field to do snow drifts. That’s what Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained shows in the video below; How the Subaru Crosstrek handles in deep snow. When other crossovers are getting stuck in the white stuff, Subarus are powering their way up the hill. All you need is a good set of Bridgestone Blizzak winter tires and the Crosstrek.
Subaru is known for their all-wheel-drive vehicles and you’ll find many in cold-weather states and even more in the Rocky Mountains. The Crosstrek has a go-anywhere attitude, and the crossover is purpose-designed for snowy conditions. Jason, who owns a Crosstrek, does a good job of describing how the Subaru Crosstrek’s all-wheel-drive system works, especially in deep snow conditions.
How does it work?
Crosstrek’s Symmetrical AWD system uses a purely mechanical viscous coupling in the center that nominally splits torque 50/50, but will divert power to the axle with more traction if a wheel starts to slip. Jason explains how the Crosstrek has open differentials in the front and rear, that feature a "Limited Slip Device" (called LSD by Subaru) which brakes the slipping wheel to help send more torque to the wheel that has traction for greater acceleration.
Because the Subaru Crosstrek has 8.7-inches of ground clearance, the vehicle can handle deep snow without getting stuck. It’s ideal for those living in the mountains and high country where snowfall is measured in feet not inches.
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