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Frequently Asked Questions

How did Subaru come up with their logo? What does the Subaru emblem mean?

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Subaru is the automobile manufacturing division of Japanese transportation conglomerate FujiHeavy Industries (FHI).

Subaru is internationally known for their use of the Boxer engine layout similar to those in cars like the Volkswagen Beetle and Porche 911, in most of their vehicles above 1500 cc as well as their use of the all wheel drive drive-train layout, the 4×4 first introduced in 1972, and the AWD became standard equipment for mid-size and smaller cars in most international markets as of 1996, and is now standard in all US market Subaru vehicles. The lone exception is the BRZ introduced in 2012, utilizing RWD. They also offer many turbocharged versions of their passenger cars, such as the Impreza WRX.

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Subaru 1500, top; 1958 Subaru 360.

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FujiHeavy Industries, the parent company of Subaru, is currently in a partial partnership with ToyotaMotor Corporation, which owns 16.5% of FHI.

Subaru is the Japanese name for the Pleiades star cluster, which in turn inspires the Subaru logo and alludes to the five companies that merged to create FHI. The word “subaru” means “united” in Japanese, and Fuji Heavy Industries has used the term to describe how the Pleiades constellation is a unification of the stars. Fuji Heavy Industries is therefore a constellation of companies united together.

In astronomy, the Pleiades, or Seven Sisters (Messier Object 45, or M45), is an open star cluster containing middle-aged hot B-Type stars located in the constellation of Taurus. It is among the nearest star clusters to Earth and is the cluster most obvious to the naked eye in the night sky. Pleiades has several meanings in different cultures and traditions.

The cluster is dominated by hot blue and extremely luminous stars that have formed within the last 100 million years. Dust that forms a faint reflection nebula around the brightest stars was thought at first to be left over from the formation of the cluster (hence the alternate name Maia Nebula after the star Maia), but is now known to be an unrelated dust cloud in the interstellar medium that the stars are currently passing through. Astronomers estimate that the cluster will survive for about another 250 million years, after which it will disperse due to gravitational interactions with its galactic neighborhood.

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The nine brightest stars of the Pleiades are named for the Seven Sisters of Greek mythology: Sterope, Merope, Electra, Maia, Taygeta, Celaeno, and Alcyone, along with their parents Atlas and Pleione. As daughters of Atlas, the Hyades were sisters of the Pleiades. The English name of the cluster itself is of Greek origin, though of uncertain etymology. Suggested derivations include: from pleîn, to sail, making the Pleiades the “sailing ones”; from pleos, full or many; or from peleiades, flock of doves.

Phenomenica, an online encyclopedia of Mysteries, Phenomena, Ancient History and Science,describes the Greek mythological origins of Pleiades:

“There is nothing else like the Pleiades star cluster in the sky. Few observers can look very long at the night sky at this time of year without noticing the Pleiades stars and wondering what they really are. The traditional Greek legend for the Seven Sisters – as this cluster has long been known – is that they are the daughters of Atlas and Pleione. Their father, Atlas, rebelled against Zeus, the king of the gods, who retaliated by sentencing him to forever holding up the heavens on his shoulders. This so grieved the sisters that Zeus placed them in the heavens so that they could be close to their father.

Interestingly, widely separated and totally different cultures have always described the Pleiades as the “Seven Sisters,” “Seven Maidens,” or “Seven Little Girls.” Yet, only six stars are readily visible to most observers. Those with more acute eyesight may glimpse up to 12 under good conditions. But why this cluster has been cited by more than one early people as having seven members remains a mystery.”

Why buy Subaru?

There are many ways to answer this question, but all of them link back to a single compelling brand promise: Confidence in Motion. This means confidence from the word go — trusting that the vehicle you’ve chosen is a quality product with superior levels of innovation, engineering, safety, capability and reliability built right in.

Once your choice is made, confidence builds through the driving and the ownership experience. This is where you come to appreciate the stellar build quality, the impressive fuel efficiency and the genuine pleasure of being behind the wheel of your Subaru. This is also where the value of owning a Subaru becomes reinforced from the very first day and every day.

Our vehicles have earned a lot of recognition from customers, reviewers and third-party organizations alike, a sure sign that we’ve been delivering on our promise – and great motivation for us to keep delivering vehicles Canadians can feel good about driving for many years to come.

So if you’re looking for a vehicle that offers a lot more, we invite you to check out the full line of Subaru vehicles and prepare to be pleasantly surprised.

More reasons to feel confident choosing a Subaru

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Superior engineering = Fun-to-drive handling

Every Subaru benefits from meticulous engineering, the experience gathered from decades of motorsport competition and a clear focus on delivering truly exceptional driving dynamics. These factors have resulted in the naturally balance SUBARU BOXER engine, the best ALL WHEEL DRIVE system in the world, a supremely agile line of vehicles and a more confidence-inspiring experience behind the wheel.

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Class-leading safety standards

Due to an unwavering commitment to developing the most advanced active and passive safety systems on the planet, Subaru continues to receive IIHS Top Safety Pick ratings year after year.

Surprising fuel efficiency

All new Subaru models incorporate advanced fuel-saving technologies, a move that gives the entire fleet surprising fuel efficiency across the board. Those vehicles equipped with full-time AWD are among the most fuel-efficient in their respective classes. And a select group showcases the very latest advances, including the next-generation CVT, high-output turbocharged engines and the only hybrid compact crossover with full-time AWD.

Proven reliability and quality

Subaru vehicles are so bulletproof, we are the only manufacturer with a maintenance guide for vehicles with up to 500,000 km. Fully 98% of our vehicles sold in Canada over the last 10 years are still on the road today.

All-around versatility

All-weather, all-road capability and generous cargo carry capacity on most models boosts convenience levels and provides more opportunity for adventure!

Outstanding value

We don’t offer bare-bones vehicles where everything is an option. Our cars are well-equipped right out of the gate because that’s what discriminating customers expect.

Excellent resale value

Subaru holds its value better than all other mainstream brands in Canada.

Stellar service

Our dealers are supported by friendly front-line staff, factory-trained technicians, and an innovative parts warehousing and shipping process to ensure your service experience is quick and efficient.

What makes us different?

If you want to be a leader, you need to get in the game early. You don’t become a leader by finishing second. And you don’t become better by being the same. We have been fine-tuning our symmetrical AWD technology for over 40 years. This wealth of experience has led to a vehicle line up with the widest range of AWD systems offered by any one manufacturer. We take AWD seriously because we know that – if the goal is making cars safer, more capable and more fun-to-drive, in all possible driving conditions, with higher levels of confidence – 4 is better than 2.

2WD vs Part-time AWD vs Full-time AWD

The battle for traction, control and confidence
Traction dictates how well a vehicle accelerates, how it handles curves and inclines, how quickly it stops and how it performs on uneven or slick surfaces. Capturing the most traction possible is key to optimizing vehicle performance, handling and proactive safety in a variety of conditions. Here are some reasons why 4 is better than 2 in this respect – and why Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD is a better 4.

2WD (FWD)

Although a 2WD system can be front-wheel drive (FWD) or rear-wheel drive (RWD), FWD is most often found in everyday passenger cars and is the least expensive to produce. Its strength is in normal driving conditions, where the front wheels are required only to manage the demands of gentle cornering and mild power delivery. When demands intensify, the weaknesses of FWD become quickly apparent:
Under strong acceleration, weight transfer sees the nose of the vehicle lift, which can lead to torque steer and a loss of traction
In corners, FWD vehicles tend to under steer: The driver turns the wheel in the direction of the corner, but the high demands of cornering and inefficient power delivery can lead to a loss of traction and less stable, less direct cornering
In slick or loose conditions, FWD can suffer greatly because all of the demands are on the front wheels for power delivery, cornering and braking – with significantly less traction available
Result: A drive train and a vehicle that is inherently unbalanced much of the time

Part-time AWD

A part-time (on demand) AWD system operates in 2WD mode (FWD on most vehicles) most of the time and automatically switches to AWD when conditions warrant. It’s also best under normal driving conditions when there’s not much work for the wheels to do. However, when conditions require power to be sent to the other wheels, challenges arise:
The power-splitting mechanism of the on-demand AWD system is generally limited to helping you get going when starting to accelerate in a low-traction situation
When driving in slick conditions at higher speeds or on a very long and curvy road, the on-demand system can struggle to keep pace with the circumstances
If conditions change suddenly, the on-demand system may not be able to react quickly enough to avoid potential hazards
Result: This type of drivetrain is typically also unbalanced and limited in AWD mode when you need it most

Full-time AWD

Full-time AWD = Full-time Benefits      More confidence = more fun to drive

Sending power to all four wheels gives a vehicle more grip, more predictable handling, better agility and greater control. These advantages result in a stronger connection between the road and the car, an increased sense of confidence for the driver and more sheer enjoyment behind the wheel. Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD is engineered to deliver confidence in motion – in all seasons and on all roads, especially the twisty and challenging ones.

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More traction + more stability = greater safety

Subaru’s symmetrical full-time AWD is just that – full-time. It is always engaged and is therefore better equipped to handle unexpected circumstances. It distributes power among all four wheels in a balanced manner that creates greater stability and captures more traction, outperforming FWD or part-time (on-demand) systems every time. Even when one wheel hits a slippery or loose surface, all four wheels remain powered to maximize every opportunity for traction and increased levels of control.
All-road, all-weather capability = more freedom
Rain, sleet, snow and ice have the very real potential to sideline even the best-laid plans. But Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD has the capability to make quick work of more challenging driving conditions, including gravel roads and even more adventurous trails where drivers of FWD or part-time (on-demand) AWD vehicles would never dare venture.
Smarter design = better economy + more durability
Some AWD systems are considered overly complex and not all that reliable or economical. But these criticisms are more suited to truck-like 4WD systems – 4WD is not like AWD. Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD is not like run-of-the-mill AWD, either. The engine is mounted in-line with the drivetrain to deliver power to all four wheels directly and efficiently without additional components required. A smarter design with fewer components means reduced complexity, greater durability, increased fuel-efficiency (comparable to FWD on most models) and lower maintenance costs.

Why symmetry makes all the difference

While other manufacturers bolt AWD on to existing vehicle designs, Subaru started from the ground up to engineer a total system with every component designed to support AWD. The engine, transmission and centre differential are compact, efficient and set along the centre line of the vehicle for near perfect balance side-to-side, smoother power delivery and greater stability, especially in the corners.

How to achieve near-perfect balance

Start with a horizontally opposed (“boxer”) engine with a short overhang for greatly enhanced agility. Its flat profile also enables a lower centre of gravity for a more planted feeling, better handling and improved stability overall.
Make this engine compact and lightweight. Link it to a compact, lightweight transmission. Connect both to a compact, lightweight differential.
Place the engine/transmission/differential package longitudinally along the centre line of the vehicle for improved efficiency and ideal balance, left to right.
Set this package over the front axle to make the vehicle less nose-heavy, thereby reducing dive under sharp braking and minimizing yaw, the tendency of a vehicle to spin.
Employ an independent, long-travel suspension system with equal-length axle shafts, front and back, to eliminate torque steer and maximize tire contact with the road, no matter the road conditions.
The Subaru AWD Systems

The truth of the matter is, one size never fits all. This is why Subaru doesn’t offer just one type of symmetrical full-time AWD system, but rather a variety of different systems that fall into four broader categories. Each system is tailored and tuned to suit the individual characteristics of the vehicle and driver:

How Safe are Subaru's?

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Subaru has forged a reputation for building vehicles that offer superior levels of protection through the use of the most technologically advanced active and passive safety systems available. The end result: vehicles that inspire confidence on every type of road, under all possible conditions and at all times. No surprise, then, that the Subaru lineup continues to earn excellent safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Active Safety

The combination of a world-class drive system, striking agility, superior visibility and class-leading active safety systems such as Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC),Subaru Rear/Side Vehicle Detection (SRVD) and EyeSight® gives Subaru vehicles excellent evasive capabilities. These technologies represent the critical first line of defense and the best way to avoid a potential accident in the first place.

Passive Safety

In the event that an accident is unavoidable, every Subaru boasts a wide range of passive safety systems that are designed to deliver class-leading levels of protection. Each vehicle features exceptionally rigid construction and incorporates the latest technologies, like a full suite of airbags, ring-shaped reinforcement safety cell and collapsible pedals. Together, these advances minimize collision damage and, in turn, generate much greater peace of mind.

High-performance construction, high-performance results

The frame is the building block upon which all the key vehicle attributes are built. From years of focusing on the best possible production standards, the Subaru Ring Shaped Reinforcement Frame is the perfect platform for delivering unsurpassed driving confidence. In designing this frame, the engineers at Subaru aimed to maximize frame strength and torsional rigidity while minimizing weight. This approach has created a more solid feeling all around, as well as more precise and consistent handling, especially on rough roads and through the corners. The super-strong frame also enables the suspension system to work more efficiently, delivering a smoother ride by isolating passengers from noise and vibration. And the lightweight construction helps deliver a better power-to-weight ratio and better fuel efficiency

Engineered to surpass industry-leading safety standards

The Subaru Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frame sees the pillars, body-side frames and floor cross-members positioned in a ring-like layout, all connected together to form a super-strong protective safety cell. This proprietary design incorporates high-tensile strength steel to provide high-impact protection and a front crumple zone that diverts energy away from the passenger compartment. The B-pillar in particular is a powerful work of art, constructed of eight different layers of high-strength, high-tension steel that envelope an ultra high-strength boron rod. This column is cut and welded with a laser, then welded along the edges to create a uniform and incredibly strong structure. The roof is exceptionally strong as well — it’s made of the same Japanese steel that was used to forge Samurai swords. These seemingly extreme measures ensure that the Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frame provides a balance between protecting against collisions and controlling energy dissipation, from any and all directions. This design is so effective, it’s helped Subaru become the only manufacturer to receive a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) for all its models for the sixth consecutive year (2010-2015).

What is Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive?

Full-time Traction for Your Full-time Life

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At Subaru, we believe in traction. Better traction expands a vehicle’s versatility and capability. It creates better handling and control. It can be the difference between you avoiding a dangerous situation or you being caught in one. Keeping a sure grip of the road increases the confidence you feel behind the wheel.
We’ve spent nearly 40 years developing and perfecting our systems for traction and control. The result is Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Its unique design keeps more power routed to all four wheels and keeps the vehicle exceptionally balanced for poise and tight handling. Not every all-wheel drive system is the same, and none provide traction and control in quite the same way as Subaru AWD. It’s why Subaru owners believe in their vehicles, and why they feel the freedom to live more of the life they love.

How Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is Different

Many all-wheel drive systems found on other vehicles don’t start as all-wheel drive. These systems are adapted from 2-wheel drive to be all-wheel drive. Each Subaru model, unlike most other vehicles in its class, starts out as all-wheel drive. This allows us to build a system for holding the road unlike any other offered. Power is fed directly from the engine, through the transmission, then to the driveshaft and then delivered to each wheel in the most direct route possible. The result is constant traction for continual confidence.

Subaru Symmetrical AWD vs. Front-Wheel Drive-based AWD

All-wheel drive systems adapted from front-wheel drive typically feature a transverse-mounted engine. This engine configuration requires additional drivetrain components to transfer power through several 90-degree turns in order to get it to the rear wheels. This increases weight, reduces efficiency and makes creating a symmetrical layout virtually impossible. Also, these systems are often 2-wheel drive under most conditions — the rear wheels only engaging when the system detects wheel spin. By then, you’ve already sacrificed some control.

Subaru Symmetrical AWD vs. Rear-Wheel Drive-based AWD

Some all-wheel drive systems start with a rear-wheel drive platform that is adapted to be AWD. This system requires power to be sent to a differential with an additional driveshaft that directs power to the front wheels. This additional driveshaft reroutes power, changing its direction so it can be sent to the front wheels. This extra routing sacrifices efficiency, and the extra component creates a drivetrain layout that is not symmetrical and balanced. Often in such systems, most or all of the power is routed to the rear wheels. When slippage is detected, the front wheels are engaged, and by the time power is rerouted, further slippage has already occurred.

Subaru Symmetrical AWD vs. Front-Wheel Drive

A front-wheel drive system leaves the rear wheels without any power, so they can’t help you regain traction if you encounter slippage. Also, if traction becomes loose when you enter a corner, centrifugal forces that act on your vehicle during a maneuver can cause the front to drift to the outside. This effect — understeer — disrupts your ability to steer and track confidently through a corner.

Subaru Symmetrical AWD vs. Rear-Wheel Drive

It’s much easier for your vehicle to break traction if only two tires are required to handle all the engine’s power. And if slippage occurs when only your rear wheels are engaged, your control is greatly compromised. The rear wheels can move sideways, out of alignment with the rest of the vehicle. You’ll feel an unsettling loss of control, and possibly experience oversteer in a corner. In a worst-case scenario, a highly dangerous spinout may result if the rear wheels don’t regain traction.

What is a Subaru Boxer Engine?

An Engine that Runs on Good Ideas

True performance is about more than horsepower ratings and smoking tires. True performance is about a driving experience that is effortless and engaging. A vehicle that secures you with its comfort, while at the same time inspiring you to step out of your comfort zone.

How the SUBARU BOXER® Engine is Different

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Inspired by the design of airplane engines, the SUBARU BOXER® engine stands out from the type of engine you’d typically find in a car. Instead of pistons moving straight up and down, or at an angle like most engines, the pistons of the SUBARU BOXER® engine are laid flat and move parallel to the ground. The unique punch, counter-punch action is inherently smoother, and the low, horizontal layout is more balanced and stable. And what’s more, its alignment allows us to feed power directly into the Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system with maximum efficiency.

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SUBARU BOXER® Engine vs. Inline Engine

Inline engines feature pistons that sit upright and move straight up and down. This means the engine block is taller overall and has a higher center of gravity than a SUBARU BOXER® engine, which features pistons laid flat. The upright layout of inline engines means they can vibrate more during operation. Also, these engines are often placed transversely — in 90° opposition — to the central driveshaft. If you want the control that comes from all-wheel drive with such a layout, extra components must be added. These components route power through several 90° turns before it reaches the wheels. This makes the system more complicated than what’s possible with a SUBARU BOXER® engine. And it makes symmetry all but impossible.

SUBARU BOXER® Engine vs. V-type Engine

The pistons in a V-type engine move at a more upright angle to each other. Without the horizontally opposed motion of the SUBARU BOXER® engine, they are more prone to side-to-side vibration. Also, the V-type design inherently has a higher center of gravity than the flat design of the SUBARU BOXER® engine, and because it often sits higher in the vehicle, it can elevate the center of gravity of the entire vehicle. The result is performance that can be less smooth than a SUBARU BOXER®engine and handling that isn’t as tight and responsive. What’s more, the extra vibration can require extra parts to stabilize the engine, which add weight and bulk.

SUBARU BOXER® Engine vs. Hybrid or Battery-based System

Hybrid or battery-based drive systems certainly have advantages, but they are not without trade-offs. For example, you often sacrifice versatility and capability with a hybrid or electric vehicle. Towing capacity and the ability to tackle rough roads are greatly increased with the SUBARU BOXER® engine. Subaru also invests tremendous interest in building engines that burn cleanly. The Forester, Legacy and Outback even received similar EPA air pollution scores as hybrid vehicles in their class3. What’s more, with the conventional, yet clean approach Subaru uses, we avoid the environmental risks of manufacturing batteries, and then disposing of the chemicals later on.

Why the SUBARU BOXER® Engine is Better

Positioning the pistons flat and turning the engine so it’s going the same direction as the central driveshaft has allowed us to achieve some unique driving characteristics. Smoother performance comes from the horizontally opposed pistons. That reduced vibration can help an engine perform more reliably. Balance and stability result from a flat profile and low placement. And its layout has allowed us to build an all-wheel drive system with almost perfect side-to-side symmetry. The result is more confident, more comfortable, and more engaging driving.

Smoother Performance

In the SUBARU BOXER® engine, the pistons are laid flat, and move in 180-degree opposition to each other on a horizontal plane. When one piston moves, the piston opposite it moves in the other direction. That counter motion helps cancel out the vibration that the movement of the pistons cause. This means when you step on the accelerator the revs come on smooth. So the power is there when you need it, without ever compromising your comfort or control.

Increased Durability

Subaru vehicles are known for being rough and tumble, and being able to withstand years of tough conditions. We earned that reputation beginning with the way we build our engines. The flat design of the SUBARU BOXER® engine is inherently rigid, and we build each with great attention to strength and toughness. Also, power is produced with less vibration than other designs. An engine that is subjected to less vibration lasts longer. It’s no wonder 94% of Subaru vehicles we’ve built in the last 10 years are still on the road today.

Greater Agility

With the pistons laid on their sides, the engine block of the SUBARU BOXER® engine is flatter than other designs. Not only does the engine have a lower profile, but we also place it lower in the chassis. It’s designed to be perfectly symmetrical side-to-side, for an exceptionally well-balanced package. The engine is generally the heaviest single part of a vehicle, and with such a well-balanced and low-center-of-gravity design, the SUBARU BOXER® engine helps keep the vehicle as a whole more balanced and more stable. This helps make the vehicle react more quickly to changes in direction, and more resistant to side-to-side motion during cornering.

Learn about Displacement

Performance means different things to different people. And with multiple types of SUBARU BOXER® engines available in a wide range of output levels, there’s one that fits your definition. What they each have in common is the smooth operation and sharp vehicle handling characteristics that make driving a Subaru so remarkable.

Boxer Engines

2.0-liter 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER® Engine

The entry level 2.0-liter 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER® engine offers 148 horsepower.  An entirely new generation of boxer engine. By increasing piston stroke and decreasing piston bore, Subaru aimed to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy, while increasing and broadening torque output over the previous generation engine.

2.5-liter 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER® Engine

Capable power, with exceptional value. The 2.5-liter 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER® engine offers 170 horsepower — ample power for confident driving — all delivered with the smoothness and poised handling made possible by its horizontally opposed design.

2.5-liter Turbo SUBARU BOXER® Engine

The intercooled, turbocharged 2.5-liter engine comes in many different flavors. The Forester 2.5XT, with an energetic 224 horsepower, inspires fun and confident driving. Legacy 2.5GT puts a muscular 265 horsepower at your disposal for athletic performance. While the Impreza WRX STI devours roads with the 305-horsepower rush from its powerplant. Each version delivers the kind of lift to your day that only the punch of turbocharged performance can provide. Step on the pedal of any model with the 2.5-liter turbo, and you’ll experience quick responsiveness that will instantly draw you into the driving experience.

3.6-liter 6-cylinder SUBARU BOXER® Engine

The largest SUBARU BOXER® engine available, the 3.6-liter 6-cylinder provides you with a wealth of ultra-smooth power. 256 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque will move you over the road with effortless grace. Its low-profile design and low placement deliver a level of poise and vehicle stability not often found on engines with such a large displacement. The horizontally opposed design feeds power with maximum efficiency to each wheel for a driving experience that’s always the utmost in confidence.

Subaru Transmissions Putting Performance in Your Hands

Whether you’re looking for high-performance thrills or low-maintenance convenience, Subaru has a transmission that will fit your lifestyle and afford you the best driving experiences. We offer everything from the race-inspired 6-speed manual transmission to the new Lineartronic® CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), which offers new heights of efficiency and the same outstanding smoothness you expect from a Subaru.

The Continuously Variable Transmission

Smoother performance. Greater efficiency. You can have both with Lineartronic®CVT. This innovative transmission technology, now available on the redesigned 2010 Outback and Legacy, has been engineered to function perfectly with the SUBARU BOXER® engine and Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. What’s more, its design is lightweight to help keep the vehicle agile, and compact to make the interior more spacious.

Automatic Mode

Lineartronic® CVT can reduce the amount you spend on fuel. Leave it in the Automatic mode, and the gearless transmission infinitely adjusts to match your acceleration needs — thereby eliminating the need to shift, which preserves the vehicle’s momentum that can be lost when a conventional automatic transmission shifts gears. Also, Lineartronic®CVT uses a step-less gear ratio, which allows your engine to run in its optimal power range for improved fuel economy and performance.

6-Speed Manual Mode

For a more engaged driving experience, Lineartronic® CVT comes standard with the 6-speed manual mode complete with paddle shifters mounted right at your fingertips. This system simulates the feeling of a 6-speed manual transmission by allowing you to manually select the gearing ratio that best fits your driving situation. It comes in handy for confidently merging onto the highway, passing other cars, or descending hills, as well as making the driving experience feel sharper and sportier.

4-speed Automatic Transmission

The smooth-shifting 4-speed automatic transmission offers ease and convenience, while providing reliable performance in varying conditions. And with SPORTSHIFT® technology, you’ll be able to take manual control of the way the transmission shifts for times like when you’re passing or climbing hills, and you really need access to power.

5-Speed A/T with SPORTSHIFT®

For the completely convenient yet thoroughly refined performance, the 5-speed automatic reliably keeps the action going in every driving condition. It provides smooth takeoffs and shifts. And with a 5th gear for highway driving, you can have quiet and efficient performance at highway speeds. SPORTSHIFT®technology gives you the power to get involved in action whenever you need to by allowing you to manually control changes in gears.

5-Speed Manual Transmission

Featuring a dependable and lightweight design, the 5-speed manual transmission helps maximize fuel economy and puts you in command of how the engine performs — enhancing the feeling of being in touch with your vehicle every moment you spend behind the wheel.

6-Speed Manual Transmission

This is what a performance transmission is supposed to be. The 6-speed manual transmission gives passionate drivers a wide gearing range to express and explore their personal driving style. While at the same time, it makes smooth and efficient driving easy. Coated synchro mesh gears help make shifts with this lightweight transmission quick and smooth for fluid and exciting acceleration.