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About the Subaru Outback with Limited Slip Rear Differential

 

 

 


     

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If you want a really effective all wheel drive vehicle, you should consider the Subaru Outback. The one to consider is the 2.5i.

 

The 2.5i has a very important feature; a limited slip differential. This is on top of the already proven Subaru all wheel drive system. All Subarus sold in the US since 1997 have had AWD as standard. The Outback has been in a constant state of improvement and fine tuning for years. It's not the most exciting looking car in the world. But test drive one, and you'll probably feel that it exudes a sense of safety. The car is extremely solid feeling , and you will probably feel confident driving it right away. There are very few blind spots that might obstruct the driver's view.

The Subaru boxer engine is flat, not vertical, so all Subarus have a low center of gravity. So they don't feel tippy on highway exit ramps.

The less expensive Outback Basic doesn't have the limited slip differential. If you think about it, the most demanding time you need the traction of all wheel drive is going up a hill. Then, the weight tends to shift toward the back of the vehicle. The question at the point is, can the two back tires maintain traction as much as possible. Limited slip divides the power to the rears wheels well, so if one wheel was slipping, power is sent to the other back wheel.

 

 

 

 

 

The Outback has more ground clearance that the Legacy Wagon. This can help in deeper snow. If the undercarriage of the car drags on the snow, chances are you're not going to be able to move, even if you have AWD.

The non turbocharged 2.5 liter engine from Subaru can run on regular octane gas. Other engines from Subaru require high octane. It also will get you about the best gas mileage you can expect from a truly competent AWD vehicle.

This video shows a comparison of a Subaru versus a Volvo V70 Cross County. I think this is from Sweden, so it's a little confusing. I guess Subaru sells a "Legacy Outback" in Sweden and separate models, the Outback and the Legacy, in the US. But you'll get the idea; the Subaru has a steady grip on the muddy incline. Notice also, that like a lot of AWD vehicles, the Volvo can have one wheel spinning while another wheel isn't even turning. AWD vehicles aren't all the same. And the Outback with limited slip is really what Subaru is all about.

 


 

 

 

     
 





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