Subaru Just Hit A Significant Milestone - Production Of 20 Million AWD Vehicles
Is Subaru's all-wheel-drive system the best? Subaru Corporation announced they had hit a significant milestone of the cumulative production of 20 million all-wheel-drive vehicles in June this year. Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel-drive is one of the Japanese automaker's core values.
It started with the Subaru Leone 4WD Wagon, Japan's first mass-produced all-wheel-drive passenger car, in September 1972. Subaru says their current Symmetrical all-wheel-drive models account for 98 percent of its global sales. The Subaru BRZ sports coupe is the only model sold in the U.S. without all-wheel-drive.
What sets the Subaru brand apart is the combination of its flat Boxer engine design, which sits low in the chassis allowing the 2021 Subaru Forester, Outback, Crosstrek, and Ascent SUVs. The models sit higher with 8.7-inches of ground clearance and still have a lower center of gravity than other SUVs. The synergy gives the vehicle superior weight balance and improved stability.
Every model in the U.S. lineup (except BRZ) comes standard with the brand's Symmetrical all-wheel-drive when other automakers charge extra for theirs.
Is Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel-drive in the 2021 Forester, Outback, and Crosstrek the best?
A recent CarMax report says the Subaru brand is the best and has the most cars and SUVs on the new 10 Best AWD Cars of 2021 list. CarMax, which sells previously owned vehicles, SUVs, and pickups, compiled a list of the ten best all-wheel-drive cars for 2020 shoppers, based on its vehicle data from November 1, 2019, through April 30, 2020.
The 2021 Subaru Outback midsize SUV is ranked number one, Subaru Impreza compact sedan and hatchback number two, Subaru Legacy sedan number three, and Subaru Crosstrek score number five best all-wheel-drive cars.
What's next for the Subaru brand?
Subaru's all-wheel-drive performance continues to evolve in electrified vehicles as well. Subaru will launch its first-ever all-electric 2023 Solterra compact SUV, and the new model will come with the brand's Symmetrical all-wheel-drive. The all-new EV SUV is coming in 2022 and will feature a higher ground clearance and the brand's "go-anywhere" attitude for active customers.
Subaru also announced they would offer "new strong hybrid vehicles scheduled for release in the mid-2020s." These will likely be next-generation Subaru Forester, Outback, and Ascent SUVs that will come with hybrid technology. Stay tuned.
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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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