Originally Posted by sgoldste01
OK, thanks for the explanation.
Between the AWD systems used in our 2012+ Imprezas (electronically controlled with CVT vs. hydraulic with 5MT), is it possible to say that one is more effective than the other on a snowy/slippery day?
On an Outback forum owners who had owned both in very slippery conditions seemed to prefer the Automatic/Electronically controlled clutch version, but no one complained that the viscous coupling system sucked.
The electronically controlled system is faster to respond, gives you slightly better mileage (FWD most of the time) and hopefully never fails, because I bet it gets expensive to fix.
The "old-school" viscous coupling system has been in use by Subaru since the 1980's, and of course my car is AWD all the time...
How is that for excitement, they added a Subaru XV video showing the AWD system at work...