X-MODE: Applying the X-factor
Available only on Subaru vehicles, X-MODE complements Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD to allow drivers to take the road less travelled, get muddier and have more daring adventures. The system provides advanced, all-road capability and rugged performance — and elevates driving confidence, especially on uneven surfaces or challenging inclines. The X-MODE system, which is standard on all Ascent, Crosstrek, Forester and Outback models equipped with the Lineartronic® CVT, incorporates Hill Descent Control and goes above and beyond AWD to pull you through the stickiest of situations. A dual function X-MODE is available on select Forester and Outback models. This version allows the driver to select between two different settings tailored to specific driving conditions—namely, snow/dirt and deep snow/mud.
X-MODE in Action
With the push of a button, X-MODE controls the engine output, transmission, AWD torque split and braking system to help tackle the trickiest of conditions and bring even more rugged capability into sharp focus. This driver-engaged feature will consume more fuel so its use is only recommended when the conditions warrant significantly more grip, stability and control. With the system activated, the vehicle is better able to capitalize on the traction available and provides surefootedness over and above what is afforded by Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD. Here are some common scenarios highlighting the capabilities of X-MODE.