How Does Subaru Continue to Increase the Fuel Economy of Subaru Vehicles?


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For vehicles that come equipped with standard all-wheel drive, it's not an easy feat to stay near the top of the industry in terms of fuel economy, but that's exactly what the Subaru engineers have achieved in every Subaru vehicle. But how is it possible for Subaru vehicles to continue increasing in fuel economy and how do they differ from other vehicles on the road? To help drivers all over Surprise, AZ understand the unique engineering and unwavering pursuit of advancement that goes into every Subaru vehicle, we're going to highlight some of the many ways that Subaru vehicles continue to enhance fuel economy in every model.


Aerodynamics can be as simple and as complicated of a concept as you want to think of it as. From air drag to rigidity, there are many different areas to grasp when designing an automobile, and Subaru engineers pull out all the stops to ensure that every vehicle is designed to be as aerodynamic, yet aesthetically pleasing as possible. Of course, vehicles built for everyday travel can't have sweeping spoilers and air dams hanging off them because that wouldn't be a practical or appealing outcome. Instead, engineers design Subaru vehicles to cut down on drag, allowing it to more efficiently slice through air resistance and save power and fuel in the process. Things like Active Grille Shutters, alloy wheels, and rocker sills are designed to manage air flow and keep it moving smoothly from the front to the back of the vehicle. Other design cues include more steeply raked windshields and lower rooflines to mimic the smooth flow going under and around the vehicle the same as on top of it.

Subaru Boxer Engines

Unlike traditional or vertically-opposed engines, Subaru vehicles all come equipped with a variant of the Boxer engine. The Boxer engine differs from other engine designs thanks to its horizontally-opposed engine design that allows the pistons to face away from each other in a flat 180 degree layout, limiting the length of movement that each piston must travel, which in turn helps save power and fuel. The shorter piston strokes also mean that there is a quicker response time when you need it, saving energy by not taking as long to get up to speed. Boxer engines vary in size, including 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines, 3.6-liter six-cylinder engines, and a number of turbocharged Boxer engines offered in models like the Forester, WRX and Ascent, among other older model year models.

Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

The Lineartronic CVT transmission offered in most every Subaru model works to increase fuel economy by continuously selecting the optimal gear ratio, as well as always using the engine efficient operating ranges when need be. The system adjusts to match your acceleration and will eliminate the need to shift which maintains your vehicle's momentum.

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