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8 Reasons Why This Subaru is The Best Performance Car Just About Anyone Can Afford

For the 14 years that the Subaru WRX has been on sale in the US, it’s succeeded as an affordable, beginner, sporty, confidence inspiring, do-everything enthusiast car. It’s also used that time to grow up a little bit.

The WRX is no longer just a car for boy-racers and rally junkies. With a starting suggested retail price of $26,595, it’s an amazing performance car at a great value.

Here are a few reasons this car is such a steal:

It handles incredibly well.

Like many other all-wheel drive cars, WRXs have always been plagued with not-so great handling. But in the current generation WRX, you’re rarely reminded of that dim past.

Thanks to a very clutch torque vectoring system that Subaru has implemented in this new generation of WRX, the car corners, very, very well. Its stiffer chassis, reworked sport suspension, and well-designed Dunlop summer performance tires also play major roles in this.

It has top-notch safety features.

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Putting aside the WRX’s active safety and handling features that’ll keep you out of harm’s way, the cabin of the WRX is also an
incredibly safe place to be if you are in an accident.

After receiving top ratings in six different safety tests given by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the WRX scored an IIHS Top Safety Pick award for 2015. Models equipped with Subaru’s accident avoidance EyeSight technology were awarded with the even higher, IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award.

It’s got tech!

All WRXs now come standard with Subaru’s Starlink entertainment system. Starlink uses an easy to navigate touchscreen system and is designed to pair with your iPhone or Android device to help play music through the car’s sound system without issue.

When spec’d with the EyeSight safety system, the WRX can alert the driver if he or she is drifting out of a lane. If the car senses an impending frontal collision, it can automatically apply the brakes. You don’t see the Mazda Miata or the Ford Focus RS with that kind of tech!

It has a great motor.

As it comes from the factory, the WRX uses a strong motor that allows for great performance and optimal fuel economy. 0-60 in about 5 seconds and an average fuel mileage rating of 25 MPGs was once unheard of in these cars. Now it’s the standard.

There’s tons of space.

With 37.1 inches of headroom in the backseat of the WRX, it’s a reasonably comfortable place to be. Even for taller people.

If you’re looking for more of a cargo hauler than a people mover, the rear seats also fold down to extend the cargo room in the event that the trunk’s primary 12 cubic feet of storage isn’t enough. Though for most tasks, it’s pretty much perfect.

It can be decked out with insane custom modifications. (If you’re into that sort of thing.)

Though the WRX might appear a little more family friendly and mature at first glance, if you’re into tuning or aftermarket modifications, there’s still a whole world of parts and a very welcoming enthusiast community to explore.

You’re basically driving a race car.

Since their early days in the World Rally Championship and continued through today with their involvement in Rally America, Subaru has been able to grow an impressive fan base of motorsport junkies.

For these rally fans, the top choice for a daily driver is almost always the WRX. Or if not the WRX, then its slightly more track-ready sibling the WRX STI. There’s nothing like going to a racing event in the middle of nowhere and seeing a car that resembles your own car being professionally driven in ways that are almost beyond comprehension.

It comes with friends.

Owning a WRX is like joining a secret club. When passing another WRX on the road, it’s customary to wave. From experience, I can tell you that you may get a slight tingling sensation inside each time this happens. Trust me, it’s normal. And it never gets old.


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Subaru recalls 26,000 Imprezas for Backup Camera Gremlins

Sure, you may not need a backup camera, but if it’s not working when it’s supposed to, it’s still a pain.

Subaru issued a recall for 26,564 examples of the 2017 Impreza in both sedan and hatchback guise. The vehicles in question have production dates between Sept. 12, 2016 and Feb. 23, 2017.

The issue isn’t actually related to any mechanical part of the vehicle — instead, it comes from Harman’s infotainment unit, which underpins Subaru’s Starlink system. The backup camera display might not show up properly.

It could be a black screen due to a memory error during the initial boot-up, or the screen might freeze if too much is happening at the same time. Either way, when putting the car in reverse, the camera might not show up on the screen when it’s supposed to, which can technically increase the risk of an injury or collision.

After discovering reports of a blank screen when putting the car in reverse, Subaru collected failed parts and sent them back to Harman, which investigated the issue and told the automaker how to fix it. Thankfully, the fix is easy — Subaru will fix the issue with a simple software reflash, which should take about an hour at any dealership.

Subaru notified dealers of the issue on February 24, and it will eventually mail out notifications to owners via first-class mail. The schedule for owner notification has not yet been established, however.


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Top 10 Subaru Accessories

Whether you’re leasing a new Subaru or spiffing up an older model, these popular Subaru Accessories are helpful additions to protect your investment and make the most of your car. If you know you’d like to add an accessory to your Subaru, please use the parts order form to order accessories online or call a Twin City Subaru parts guru with any questions you may have.

Of course, this top 10 list is just the tip of the iceberg in the ocean of Subaru accessories. Please refer to Subaru Accessory brochures in person at the Parts Department for a complete selection!

1.) WeatherTech All-Weather Floor Liners


One step up from the all-weather floor mat, these WeatherTech Floor Liners protect your investment with absolute interior protection. Custom to each Subaru model, digital laser measurements of interior surfaces offer a consistently perfect fit and cupped design to trap absolutely everything Vermont weather might track into your Subaru. Advanced surfacing creates channels that carry fluids and debris to a lower reservoir with further channeling to help minimize fluid movement while driving. Available in black or tan.

Price: starting at $198 for a set of 4


2.) Subaru All-Weather Floor Mats


Custom-fitted, heavy-gauge protective mats. Swap these out instead of your carpet floor mats and they’ll help protect your Subaru’s carpet from the sand, dirt, mud and moisture your dog tracks in!

Price: starting at $69.95


3.) Compartment Separator/Dog Guard

Keep your eyes on the road and drive safe knowing that Fido is secured in the back of your Subaru.

Price: starting at $299.95

4.) Subaru Remote Engine Starter

Start your Subaru’s engine from afar! Use the remote engine starter accessory to get your car all warmed up and heat cranked before you go outside in the winter, or cooled down with the A/C on in the summer.

Price: starting at $359.00

5.) Splash Guards


Set of 4 genuine Subaru splash guards to help protect pain finish from stones, salt, and road grime.

Price: starting at $109.95

6.) Rear Seat Back Protecters

Provides additional protection to the rear seat backs when lowering the seats to transport larger cargo.

Price: starting at $49.95



7.) Cargo Net / Dog Toy Holder

Securely tuck away your ski gear, camping equipment, or your dogs’ tennis balls, bones, and chew toys.

Price: starting at $55 for 2 side cargo nets,
$32.95 for seat back cargo net


8.) Cargo Tray / Trunk Tray

Helps protect the trunk/cargo area from stains and dirt while providing a surface that helps reduce the shifting of cargo while driving. Can be easily removed and rinsed clean.

Price: starting at $69.95





9.) Side Window Deflectors / Rain Guards

Lets the fresh air in while helping to keep the weather out. In some models, the deflector design includes integrated chrome insert to match window frame trim.

Price: starting at $99.95 for a set of 4

10.) Luggage Compartment Cover

Easily pulls out from rear seats and sets up as a shield to protect your valuables from prying eyes.

Price: starting at $149.95






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Honorable mentions: Subaru roof cargo carriers & roof racks are also very popular accessory choices.

If you have any questions about available Subaru accessories please don’t hesitate to contact the Twin City Subaru Parts Department. We’re happy to help you find and buy Subaru Accessories that are a perfect fit for your Subaru.


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Five Steps to Making More Power in Your Subaru WRX

More Mods For Our Project WRX

The Subaru Impreza WRX is a performance bargain: A quarter-mile time of 13.5 seconds at 101 mph is as quick as any WRX STI we’ve tested, and the standard WRX model is about 10 grand cheaper. Being power hungry, we have investigated a number of claims that even more output—over the stock 265 horsepower and 244 pound-feet of torque—is available with a few simple modifications. As we found, your results may vary. Here’s how we got that extra power:

STEP 1:The Intake Trick 

Getting more air into the engine’s combustion chambers produces more power, right? Right. After a simple installation, the low-restriction conical air filter and straight intake tube of the K&N Typhoon kit gave us a 17-hp increase at the wheels and a new jolt of torque worth 21 pound-feet. The intake carries its own million-mile warranty and doesn’t void the factory warranty. The downside: It doesn’t meet California emissions regs, and the increased intake noise was hated by the old folks in our office.

RELATED: Subaru’s 15 Fastest Cars of All Time


STEP 2: The Exhaust Tactic 

We were feeling pretty smart after installing a Magnaflow exhaust. All it took was a few bolts and clamps, and the WRX was putting out a pleasant burble at idle without being too loud. Power was unchanged, but torque increased by 10 pound-feet. Like the intake, the stainless-steel exhaust is guaranteed for life and won’t void the Subaru warranty.


STEP 3: But They Don’t Add Up

We put our project car on a dynamometer with the K&N Typhoon intake and the Magnaflow exhaust (the numbers mentioned earlier were achieved with each performance piece installed solo on the WRX). With both installed, horsepower was up by 11 over stock and torque was up 20 pound-feet—increases that are less than those produced by the modified intake alone. The extra airflow on both ends was apparently too much for the factory ECU to cope with, and it compensated by cutting power right when the turbo reached maximum boost. Either the intake or exhaust works fine alone, but ECU modifications are required to get them to work in tandem.

RELATED: 10 of The Rarest Subarus Ever


STEP 4: Let’s Get Serious

So, to get even more power, we had the engine reprogrammed. Remember, that voids your powertrain warranty. We called Cobb Tuning for its AccessPort, which can completely revise the engine software. And to further free up the exhaust, we threw in a Cobb downpipe with a high-flow catalytic converter. The AccessPort connects to the OBD II plug and automatically saves the factory engine programming. It also has preset engine maps for various states of tune, but none that accounts for an aftermarket intake. Cobb says there are too many variables to have a single program, so we got a $460 custom engine tune. After that, wheel horsepower was up 57 to 266, torque increased a staggering 68 pound-feet to 293, and now the engine sounds meaner than Sasquatch’s wife.


BONUS STEP: Getting a Grip

We installed a set of higher-performance Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 tires, swapping out the stock Dunlop SP Sport 01s. Skidpad grip increased from 0.84 g to 0.87 g, with a noticeable reduction in the understeer that plagues the stock WRX.


On The Dyno: Stock vs. Tuned

The dyno tests, done at Speed Industry in Troy, Michigan  report horsepower and torque measured at the wheels. Correcting for driveline losses, a conservative estimate is that crank horsepower has been increased by 65, over the stock figure of 265, for a total of 330. The power boost shows up most noticeably at higher speeds. Our souped-up WRX was 0.3 second quicker to 60, at 4.4 seconds, and 0.4 second swifter through the quarter-mile, at 13.1. But the advantage at 100 mph is 1.3 seconds, and the gap gets wider all the way to the 142-mph top speed. So for less than $4000, high-speed acceleration has improved enough to shame any stock WRX STI.


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K&N Typhoon kit………………………………………………………… $322*
Magnaflow exhaust…………………………………………………… $774*
Cobb Tuning AccessPort…………………………………………… $695
Cobb Tuning downpipe……………………………………………… $595
Custom engine tune…………………………………………………… $460
Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 tires………………………………… $732
Total…………………………………………………………………….. $3578
*Suggested price, actual retail price may differ.


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6 Things You Didn’t Know About Subaru

Subaru has a tremendous following among car enthusiasts. Selling cars with superior horsepower, excellent handling and low cost has given Subaru a phenomenal cult following. If you don’t believe that, ask any owner of one of these vehicles. They’re unlike any other car on the road for more than just those few reasons.

It’s car fans’ supreme love of the Subaru that sets the vehicles apart, but what else makes a Subaru a Subaru? Here are six fun facts about the brand and the cars.

1. Always a boxer engine

The innovative boxer engine has been the core of every Subaru model for the past 45 years. It’s a fundamental of the brand. Unlike a typical engine, the boxer engine is equipped with horizontal thrusting pistons, which allow the engine output to move directly into the transmission. The flat design allows for a lower center of gravity, which means better responsiveness and control. Better yet, in the event of a front-end collision, the flatter engine is designed to move under the passenger compartment, making it much safer than typical engine models.

2. Made for symmetrical all-wheel drive

While AWD is a luxury in some cars, every Subaru is made to be an AWD vehicle straight from the get-go. And while other cars offer the drive option, nobody does it like Subaru. That’s because Subaru vehicles are the only cars on the market with symmetrical all-wheel drive. This system allows a peerless balance of power to all four wheels while power from the engine moves in one simple straight line through the transmission and to the drive train such that both sides are symmetrical. Symmetrical AWD means better traction, balance and control. Not to mention, Subaru drivers tend to worry a lot less about driving through snow drifts during the unpredictable New England winters.

3. A rally racing legend

With so much focus on AWD and performance, it’s no wonder Subaru is one of the better known names in the world of rally racing. Subaru vehicles have been tearing down the dirt raceway for decades. In fact, Subaru has claimed 47 manufacturer wins in the World Rally Championships since 1973, according to Motorsports Etc.

RELATED: 10 of The Rarest Subarus Ever

4. Shooting for the stars

The six stars in the Subaru logo are a reference to the Taurus constellation, which is particularly easy to spot in the night sky above Japan, according to Business Insider. Moreover, the name of Taurus in Japanese is Subaru. The particular six-star cluster is called Pleiades.

5. The best cars in America?

Subaru vehicles don’t just have a reputation for high-performance driving and tearing up dirt roads. The brand’s vehicles have been called some of the most reliable, safe and value-packed choices in the American car market. Here are just some of the distinctions Subaru has achieved.

According to Fortune Magazine, Consumer Reports ranked Subaru above Mercedes-Benz, BMW and every other manufacturer in performance, comfort, reliability and utility. The organization said Subaru makes some of the best cars in America.
While some manufacturers have just one vehicle with a Highway Safety Top Safety Pick Award, every model vehicle in Subaru’s arsenal has the award.
Fortune Magazine also reported that ALG named Subaru as the industry leader in retained value when it comes to popular car brands.

6. Built to last

If you’re looking for a car that will deliver for years to come, there’s no option better than a Subaru. That’s because the boxer engine helps reduce vibration, which helps the car run more efficiently and smoothly. That can help boost the lifespan of the vehicle, too. According to the car manufacturing company, 96 percent of Subarus built within the last 12 years can still be found on the road to this day.


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A Self-Driving Subaru Impreza May Be Coming Soon!

The Subaru Impreza may soon be among the self-driving test vehicles roaming the streets of LA. The automaker was recently granted a DMV permit to conduct self-driving vehicle tests in the state of California.

The Tech Portal reported that Subaru has recently joined the long list of car companies with self-driving permits in the state of California. The Japanese automaker will join twenty-two other companies including the likes of Tesla, Nissan, Ford, Nvidia, Faraday Future, and Google’s Waymo.

California is one of the favored destinations for carmakers who want to conduct public self-driving tests due to the state DMV’s permit program introduced way back in September of 2014. The companies need to only pay the very low price of $150 for them to put their autonomous vehicle on the road to test and collect the necessary data. Additionally, all of the test data must remain public and should be disclosed to the DMV after the end of their testing.

The Japanese automobile manufacturer now has advanced driver assist features thanks to its “EyeSight” options. This technology can monitor traffic movement, optimize cruise control, and warn the drive when they sway out of their lane. Also, there is also a Pre-Collision Braking feature that will automatically apply full braking force in case of an emergency situation. According to Digital Trends, these features are currently available on certain Subaru Impreza, Crosstek, Forester, Legacy, WRX, and Outback models.

The EyeSight technology will likely reach new heights now that Subaru is all cleared for on-road autonomous vehicle testing in California. The Japanese automaker plans to debut several new functionalities, including traffic jam autonomous steering and navigation. The new features will allegedly work in traffic at speeds of up to 40 mph. Additionally, Subaru also hopes to provide semi-autonomous driving capabilities by 2020. The cars will be able to control lane switching and follow basic roads around curves all without human assistance.

The self-driving Subaru Impreza and other vehicles to be tested by the Japanese carmaker will soon be testing on the public roads of California. Are you excited for a self-driving Impreza or would you rather have a Crosstek, Forester, Legacy, WRX, or Outback model? Share your thoughts and comments below!


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3 Reasons You Should Buy a Subaru -Subaru’s 3 Top Competitive Advantages

As you car shop for Subarus and possibly other brands, it’s important to know what makes a Subaru a Subaru and how the other brands stack up. Forget the hype about the number of cup holders or whether the car has illuminated vanity mirrors. This one page describes three core issues you should look at when considering buying a car, no matter what the brand. By the time you read to the bottom on this page, you will understand why Subaru owners are so loyal and passionate about their cars and why Subaru is the safe choice for you and your family. Just ask ANY Subaru owner.

1. Horizontally Opposed Boxer Engine – Flat is Beautiful

The Subaru Boxer engine sits at the heart of every Subaru vehicle. The intelligent engineering behind Subaru’s Boxer engine provides the get-up and go you expect from a Subaru, and provides plenty of power for Subaru’s symmetrical AWD system. The flat laying engine design provides the perfect combination of balance, power and efficiency. Besides the occupants, the most important piece of your vehicle is under the hood. While our competitors may focus on rear-seat DVD players and 11 cupholders, at Subaru our main goal is your driving experience and safety. The Subaru Boxer engine delivers, even under the most adverse conditions and still maintains the highest fuel efficiency among dedicated AWD vehicles. When you compare the Boxer to other engine styles you will quickly realize there is no comparison. The video above illustrates this.

NOTE: The boxer engine name comes from the way the pistons move. In most cars, pistons move up and down. In the boxer engine, the pistons move horizontally, like a boxer punching.

Boxer Engine Advantages vs. Inline and V-type Engines

  • You want a smooth ride with long lasting dependability. The Subaru Boxer engines’ unique design provides less vibration than our competitors. Each horizontally opposed piston cancels the vibration of the opposite piston.
  • Besides Subaru, only Porsche uses the unique Boxer engine style to maximize power and stability. It’s no wonder why V-Type and Inline engines in Toyota, Honda, Ford and Nissan don’t compare to the Subaru Boxer.
  • You want your engine to last as long as possible, right? Look at the cars below. Notice how the pistons in the boxer engine on the left are always lubricated. Lubed pistons on the Boxer engine wear slower than dry starting Inline and V-type engines because there is less friction when initially starting your vehicle. Think of it like a roll-on deodorant where you have to get the ball wet by rolling it before it works. Not good for the pistons (or your armpit).

 2. Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

All-wheel drive (AWD) is not a unique concept, but symmetrical all-wheel drive is. Unlike most AWD systems that are adapted from 2-wheel drive, Subaru’s symmetrical AWD starts out as all-wheel drive. Power for the symmetrical AWD system comes directly from Subaru’s Boxer engine, which gives adequate power to each wheel, continuously, to prevent slippage in any road condition. Competitors often say, “We have all-wheel drive, just like Subaru.” Don’t let their misinformed salespeople or their part-time AWD systems or fancy names like Intuitive AWD (Nissan), Intelligent 4WD (Ford), On-Demand 4WD (Toyota) or Real Time 4WD (Honda) fool you. Only Subaru’s symmetrical AWD system is always on to protect you and your family when you need it most. This is clearly demonstrated in the videos below:.

NOTE: Torque steer is created when the front drive shafts are of unequal length. During heavy acceleration the steering may pull to one side, which can be disturbing to the driver causing them to fight for control. The video below demonstrates the effects of torque steer.

 Torque steer will not occur with Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD. The best way to describe Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system is to compare it to an airplane wing. Imagine what would happen if one wing was longer than the other – the plane would lose control. Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD is balanced like an airplane wing or perhaps a butterfly. It’s a thing of beauty inspired by nature.

Symmetrical AWD vs. Front-Wheel Drive-based AWD

Front-wheel drive-based AWD systems are adapted by a transverse mounted engine. What does this mean for your driving experience? Subaru symmetrical AWD works all the time, not just when the vehicle senses slippage. Also, the almost perfectly balanced design improves control and handling, even on the toughest of road conditions. Don’t you want to keep your family safe all the time, not just when your vehicle thinks it should?



Notice the symmetrical AWD system? The balanced design helps improve vehicle stability, safety and power and it’s only found in a Subaru.

3. Subaru Advanced Safety Engineering

 Subaru was named the ONLY automaker with IIHS Top Safety Picks for All Models – FIVE YEARS IN A ROW (2010 – 2015)! People think of safety as the ability to survive an accident. But, the best way to survive an accident is to avoid having one in the first place. Subaru’s are equipped with a broad range of safety features and systems to protect you. At Subaru of Keene, we don’t feel that safety features should be an option on your next car purchase. That’s why all of our Subaru’s have a thorough array of active and passive safety features to protect you and your family. Go ahead, compare us to the competition and you will notice that our competitors feel that safety has a price tag.

Ring-Shaped Reinforced Frame

There are no weak spots in a ring. Try this: place your finger on a table and press on the top of your wedding band, you won’t feel the pressure because it protects your finger. Ring-shaped construction protects passengers. It is engineered to absorb and dissipate the forces of an impact.

Safety Brake Pedal System

During a severe frontal collision, the brake pedal and components present a clear danger to your feet and legs. The safety brake pedal system actually moves away from the driver to prevent these injuries on Subaru vehicles. You might not think you will ever be involved in a serious car accident, but if you are you will be safer if you have the safety brake pedal system in your Subaru.

Subaru VDC (Vehicle Dynamics Control, also known as electronic stability control)

Standard on all 2010 and newer models, VDC helps keep you on your intended path by measuring variables such as steering input, braking, and vehicle angle. Sensing any slide that causes the vehicle to deviate from your intended course, VDC applies individual brakes and / or reduces engine power to help counteract the slide and help keep you safely in control. How cool is that!

-VDC operates at all speed-whether the vehicle is in a straight line or while cornering
-VDC can sense impending loss of control at either the front or rear of the vehicle and momentarily applies the brake on one or more wheel providing a counteracting force to help restore stability.

  • -VDC is equipped with an off button that can be activated/deactivated at the discretion of the driver
  • When the VDC system is deactivated (VDC warning light is illuminated on dash), the VDC system can be reactivated (VDC warning light not illuminated on dash) by:
    -Pushing in the VDC button
    -Or, by pushing in the VDC button and holding it in for approximately 10 seconds
    system will stay activated until the engine is turned off
    -Or, After the vehicle is stopped the iignition is shut off and the ignition key is returned to the lock position and then the engine is restarted

4-Wheel Independent Suspension

– Designed to keep all four wheels in contact with the road surface
-Works efficiently with Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
-Lets each wheel react to bumps and potholes independently of the others
-Better control and a smooth ride over rough road surfaces
-Subaru’s Double Wishbone Suspension provides more trunk cargo room than traditional suspension systems.

Subaru Active Safety Features

-Four Channel/four sensor anti-lock braking system
-Electronic Brake Force Distribution
-Brake Assist
-Driver Visibility
-Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
-Boxer Engine Placement
-Fully Independent Suspension
-Vehicle Dynamics Control System 

Subaru Passive Safety Features

-Ring-shaped reinforcement body frame design
-Front and rear crumple zones
-Occupant restraint systems: seat belts and advanced airbags
-Safety Pedal System
-Sub-frame and Engine placement
-Collapsible steering column
-Lower anchors and tethers for children (LATCH)

Notice how the crumple zones and engine displacement prevented cabin intrusion in this severe head-on collision of a Subaru Legacy.


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How Subaru’s AWD System Works in The Snow?

All-wheel-drive systems work in many different ways. They differ from four-wheel-drive systems in that they don’t have a transfer case that typically provides low-range gearing. They all can work full time (though many have an axle disconnect feature to preserve fuel), while 4WD systems may or may not be able to work full time.

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Today, Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained is here to delve into how the AWD system of his Subaru Crosstrek works in the snow.

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Jason’s car has a manual transmission, so that means it has a particular type of system within Subaru’s portfolio that differs from what the automaker uses on automatic transmission versions. The AWD system with the stick uses a 50/50 torque split front to rear through a viscous coupling. If one of the axles starts to spin, the viscous coupling will send more power to the other axle. Jason gives examples of 70/30 or even 80/20 torque splits to the axle with more grip.

Both the front and rear axles have open differentials. There could be a scenario in which one tire on each axle slips. An unsophisticated traction control system would cut the power and use the brakes on both axles and the car wouldn’t be able to move. To remedy that, Subaru has a limited slip device (not differential) that uses the anti-lock brake system on individual wheels so if a tire on one side slips, the power can go to the other tire on the same axle. This allows that tire or those tires to keep the car moving.

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Another factor that helps the Crosstrek get through the snow is its 8.7 inches of ground clearance, something shared with the brand’s Outback and Forester models.

The upshot for Jason? He says the Crosstrek does a great job of handling snow (even on all-season tires), and he proves it often by driving it up to the mountains to go skiing.

Jason talks about the AWD system for the first half of the video, then gets into his impressions of the ownership experience for the last few minutes. We’ll let you click on the video for those thoughts.


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Subaru Secures Permit To Test Self-Driving Car in California

The list of automakers that can test their self-driving cars in California is getting less and less exclusive by the minute. Its latest addition? Subaru. The Japanese company has secured an Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit from the state’s DMV on February 9th, bringing the total number to 22. Some Subaru models already have assisted driving features thanks to their camera-based Eyesight system, such as adaptive cruise control, sway warning and pre-collision braking.

However, the company is developing new capabilities meant to kick in while doing speeds of up to 40 mph, including the ability to auto-start and stop in slow traffic. Subaru also wants to offer lane switching and auto-steering around bends and curves — semi-autonomous driving capabilities for highways — by 2020. It’s unclear what features Subaru will be testing exactly, and if they’re any of these. All that’s certain is that it’s joining both big-name and little-known companies on California roads, like NVIDIA, Ford, Good and Baidu.

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Vehicles With Illegal Modifications to Undergo More Frequent Inspections

From Nov 1, motorists caught with illegally modified engines or exhaust systems in their vehicles for a second or subsequent time will be subjected to more frequent mandatory vehicle inspections.

Under this enhanced inspection regime, second-time offenders will be required to bring their vehicles for mandatory inspections every six months for a period of two years, while third-time or subsequent offenders will need to bring their vehicles for mandatory inspections every three months for a period of two years.

This represents a more stringent inspection regime as compared to that for normal vehicles, which are typically inspected once every one or two years, depending on their age and type.

“Any owner who does not comply with the inspection regime is guilty of an offence and can be fined up to $1,000 or jailed for up to three months on conviction for the first offence,” the Land Transport Authority said in a statement on Wednesday (Oct 28).


“On conviction for a second or subsequent offence of failing to comply, the maximum penalty will be doubled.”

 This latest move will complement existing penalties to deter motorists from modifying their vehicle engines or exhaust systems illegally.

Any person who is convicted of an illegal modification can be fined up to $2,000 or jailed for up to three months, for the first offence.

Repeat offenders can be fined up to $5,000 or jailed up to six months.

In addition, if a vehicle is found with a tampered engine, it will need to be deregistered and the owner may not be granted scrap rebates.

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The LTA said illegal modifications can create serious safety and environmental hazards.

Once a vehicle’s engine or exhaust system is modified without due certification and approval, the existing vehicle components may not be able to handle the increased power or speed. Such modifications may also affect the durability and reliability of a vehicle.

Currently, motorists may choose to legally install aftermarket exhaust systems that are certified to be suitable for the specific vehicle make and model.

These exhaust systems, which are specifically designed and engineered for a particular vehicle make and model, will have undergone testing either by the vehicle manufacturer or by independent test laboratories, to ensure compliance with internationally recognised standards.