2020 Subaru Outback XMode Offroad and Snow Test

In this video Ryan takes the 2020 Subaru Outback Touring edition on the Rock Trail offroad course to see how Symmetrical All Wheel Drive with X Mode performs. Then it’s off to higher elevations to test how it works in tricky, icy snow.

For those curious why we don’t use Snow Tires in all these tests: By using all-seasons we make it more difficult and therefore can better see what the system is doing. So instead of just driving up a hill we can see the system react and try to transfer power. If we ran ideal tires, it would just be a car driving up an obstacle. Nothing is learned by seeing that.


“Mistakes are the portals of discovery” - James Joyce (para.)

We do have a Subaru Snow Tire video coming up in January.


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