Rainy Day AWD - 2012 Subaru Impreza Long-Term Road Test

2012 Subaru Impreza Long Term Road Test

2012 Subaru Impreza: Rainy Day AWD

January 29, 2013

2012 Subaru Impreza

It's raining in Los Angeles today and the morning news is full of jackknifed truck trailers and hydroplane warnings. Even before I get out of bed, I sigh with relief at the thought of our long-term 2012 Subaru Impreza parked downstairs in my garage.

I recently read that 75 percent of all weather-related crashes occur on wet pavement during, or just after a rainstorm. (No, I don't remember where I read that, so feel free to argue against my "fact.")

Until the arrival of the rear-wheel-drive BRZ, all Subarus sold in the U.S. came standard with all-wheel drive, and our Impreza is no exception. Powering the wheels with the best traction, AWD is obviously a set-up that's ideal for wet and slippery conditions.

As I entertain the giggly all-girl school carpool by splashing the Impreza through the new rivers running across the streets of our small beach town, I give them a brief speech about the differences between front-, rear- and all-wheel drive cars.

They, of course, completely ignore me.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 14,140 miles


  • jpnpower jpnpower Posts:

    So do you feel the extra traction/intervention/control? Or is it just a safety cushion rarely used. Finally did you know that 83% of all facts posted on the internet are rubbish? (including this one?)

  • You definitely notice the extra traction of full time AWD vs FWD/RWD in wet/rainy conditions. Even WOT from a dead stop on the painted lines elicit no drive wheel spin or stability control intervention.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    She sighs with relief - OMG. This testing of AWD on rainy LA streets in like testing seat heaters on rainy LA streets. AWD cars don't turn or stop any better than non-AWD cars - so how is that going to help you avoid an accident - in that tiny number of situations in which you need more accelerative traction to avoid crashing? AWD is really a help in snow or ice. In rain? I'm sorry - that's really a stretch. I don't have much trouble keeping myself from going WOT from a dead stop on painted lines in my FWD car.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    I've seen some pretty decent AWD systems out there, and they can make a good difference in low traction situations. As far as braking is concerned, which/how many wheels drive the car is irrelevant. There are brakes at every wheel, not just at the ones that drive the car.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    You need AWD in the RAIN? Man, Cali is really out of touch with the rest of the states that have "weather".

  • bust0023 bust0023 Posts:

    AAhhhh, not too quick, my neighbor had a 1991-ish Subaru Loyale that is most definitely 2WD. Ask him how upset he was when he bought it in his high school years thinking that all Subarus had AWD...

  • bc1960 bc1960 Posts:

    Until the BRZ, all Subarus sold in the US *since 1997* came standard with AWD. Before that, there were FWD as well as AWD models.

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