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#84 of 96 Re: Matrix/Vibe vs Subaru Imprezza [lch77]
Mar 29, 2009 (3:12 pm)
Ah that would explain it. Although I am not in snow country, I am sure the grip leaves something to be desired in the rain.
I do have to wonder why an AWD "rally" style car would come with summer tires.
#85 of 96 Potenza RE92
Mar 29, 2009 (5:33 pm)
I just bought my 2009 Outback last sunday. All Outbacks had potenza 92's on them. My Special Edition Outback comes with 17' alloys and the Potenzas are 92A rated 260 treadwear, traction A, temperature A. The base model Outbacks have 16" steel wheels and Potenzas rated at 360.
With 260 treadwear rating, I expect to be replacing these tires soon (my trade-in had Bridgestone Dueler Revos rated at 520). I haven't driven the Potenzas in any demanding conditions yet but the comments are not encouraging. Recommendations for replacements?
Mar 29, 2009 (8:07 pm)
Hey, check out this Youtube Subaru AWD comaprison...
You would expect any AWD car to be able to move up the ramp if remove traction from the front wheels while the rear wheels have full traction, right? Well, in this test the Honda CR-V and Toyota Highlander were unable to do this. I thought that was a little shocking; if a CRV or Highlander is AWD, I would expect it to climb that wimpy incline if the rear wheels had 100% full traction.
This video was obviously put together by Subaru so they mainly tested manufactures that had inferior systems. I belive that Audi has really good AWD systems, and I think that they would be able to match what Subaru does in a test like this.
In any case, I certainly think that Subaru's AWD system is one of the best.
#88 of 96 2009 Acura TL SH-AWD versus Infiniti G37xS
Mar 29, 2009 (8:56 pm)
I've skimmed through the discussion and several people gave their vote to the Acura SH-AWD system. I'm curious how does the Infiniti system compare? I like the look and size of the Infiniti G37xS more than the Acura TL SH-AWD and Edmunds did the following comparison of the Acura TL SH-AWD and the RWD Infiniti G37 and they gave the nod to the Infiniti.
I wish they had compared the TL SH-AWD to the G37x, the more logical comparison.
So does anyone have any opinions on the Infiniti AWD system?
#89 of 96 Re: AWD test [scottyscooter]
Mar 30, 2009 (9:14 pm)
Holy smokes! After seeing that, the only AWD I will buy from now on is Subaru. (assuming I will never be in the market for one of the very expensive German AWD models, a fair assumption)
#90 of 96 Re: AWD test [nippononly]
Apr 02, 2009 (12:42 pm)
For what it's worth, I tested my A4 Quattro after the mud had dried up a little, and it made it up the hill. Note, while the new Audi's are overpriced, I've seen some good pricing on used and CPO Audi's. The CPO's can be purchased with special financing from Audi.
#91 of 96 Re: AWD test [lch77]
Apr 06, 2009 (1:58 pm)
If Audi brings their A4 Allroad Quattro TDI to the USA, it will be #1 on my list. For me that would be nearly the perfect car. With the 2.0L TDI that should get over 40 MPG highway I would be a happy camper. I prefer the looks of the 2001-05 Allroad Quattro. I am keeping my eye out for a good buy on a low mileage one. I would be surprised if the Subaru AWD is as good as the Audi.
#92 of 96 Re: AWD test [lch77]
Dec 11, 2011 (7:07 pm)
I think that companies are starting to make progress on AWD systems as time goes on. But one thing about the Subaru system is that it has been among the best for the longest time, with the same basic design that has worked for decades now with or without electronic nannies.
I have an older forester without any traction aides and I can tell you that it is still a great system, and consistently keeps the car pointed where you want it too!
#93 of 96 Re: AWD test [rjm2519]
Sep 12, 2012 (6:14 pm)
I was very excited about torque vectoring when Honda introduced SH-AWD in 2004 and I thought it was coolest technology for cars. For couple of years, I considered Honda SH-AWD to be the best AWD ahead of Subaru and Audi even though I had never driven one. But about 3 years ago, I had an oppportunity to drive an Acura RDX and compare it with Subaru Forester driving up a dirt road. I discovered the Forester was much smoother and more efficient. There were times when Acura SH-AWD didn't have good traction and had to struggle and adjust. Now with more confidence and certainty than before, Subaru AWD is still the BEST AWD system in the world! Audi Quattro is second and not far behind is Acura SH-AWD. Here are couple of youtudes for you to enjoy!