The Subaru brand is known for its rugged performance capabilities and off-road prowess. Whether you're on dry pavement in Oakland or taking the back roads to your favorite camping spot, you can expect state-of-the-art capabilities and technology for the new Subaru lineup. At Downtown Subaru of Oakland, CA, we serve the Bay Area and beyond by providing the information you need to buy with confidence.

Learn what the top five features that make Subaru models perfect for the outdoors.

1. Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

This legendary drivetrain comes standard for all models in the Subaru lineup except the BRZ. Not only can you enjoy Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive for nearly every Subaru model, but you can expect an all-wheel drive system that is head and shoulders above most.

The engine, transmission, and transfer case are aligned so that when split down the middle, the system is a mirror-image of itself. This intelligent design makes for optimized torque distribution. The symmetrical design of the drivetrain and horizontally opposed engine ensure exceptional weight distribution with the four wheels bearing weight equally.

Some of the benefits that come with Subaru's AWD systems include:

  • Even wear and longer lasting tires
  • Quicker acceleration
  • Greater control when accelerating
  • More control during a tire blow-out
  • Better traction in slippery driving conditions

2. X-MODE®

X-MODE® comes standard for the new Outback and is available for many Subaru models. X-MODE® works with advanced stability and traction features of optimized traction and control. You can engage X-MODE® by flipping a switch. This feature activates X-MODE®, working with advanced stability and traction features.

  • Transmission: X-MODE® keeps the shifting pattern in the lower gears so that San Francisco drivers have the most access to power when they need it.
  • Engine Throttle: X-MODE® is designed to make the throttle open up gradually. With the gradual increase of torque, this feature can navigate slippery conditions smoothly.
  • All-Wheel Drive: All-wheel drive is improved by raising the front/rear coupling force when X-MODE® is on, ensuring a more even distribution of power to the four wheels and maximizing power.
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control: The VDC system works with X-MODE® for a specially tuned "Enhanced LSD Control." This applies braking to wheels that are behaving differently from their corresponding wheels.
  • Hill Descent Control: At low speeds, Hill Descent Control helps maintain starting speed for safer driving while the braking and throttle are managed automatically.

3. Raised Roof Rails

Many Subaru models come with standard raised roof rails. With these bars, Hayward drivers can easily accessorize their Subaru models to match their outdoorsy needs. Whether you're bringing along a mounted biked rack or a cargo box, you can enjoy extra convenience when bringing your favorite toys with you.

4. Ground Clearance

With up to 8.7 inches of ground clearance, Berkeley drivers will have more confidence when heading off-road. The raised suspension of Subaru models makes it possible to drive on dirt roads and challenging terrain without worrying about getting stuck or scraping the undercarriage of your vehicle.

5. Trailer Stability Assist

Several Subaru SUVs come with Trailer Stability Assist. This feature can detect when your trailer begins to lose stability and correct it with braking to specific wheels. With Trailer Stability Assist, you can bring along a boat or camper to your next adventure while driving with confidence.

Get the Most Out of Your Adventures with a New Subaru

Whether you're hiking, biking, or camping, the new Subaru lineup offers the features and capabilities that you need to enjoy the outdoors to the fullest. Explore our new inventory to find the perfect match for your active lifestyle!

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