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Re: is it AWD or 4WD

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I understand that there is no low range in Subaru. I'm just trying to compare strictly Jeep's Auto mode to Subaru AWD - kind of apples to apples. Just think 4x4 Laredo with QT I w/o low range.

Given above, let's asume if it is a crappy weather with let's say 1 inch of slushy snow on the road. You are in your Jeep in Auto (let's assume that you don't have Select Terrain) and you have a friend with Subaru. Can your Subaru friend claim that system on his car will handle those conditions better?

And ... No ... not trying to start Subaru war here, just want to understand.
If any of you watched the most recent episodes of Top Gear, you will see that a Subaru can handle a little more than 1" of slush. Coming from 7 years in a WRX before my JGC, I can say the ONLY time I ever had an issue was when I bottomed out in ice and snow. They are beasts, just short. It's a different game. Hard to compare them directly, but I'd say it's about the only thing out there that is even worthy of a comparison to a Jeep.
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Re: is it AWD or 4WD

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If any of you watched the most recent episodes of Top Gear, you will see that a Subaru can handle a little more than 1" of slush. Coming from 7 years in a WRX before my JGC, I can say the ONLY time I ever had an issue was when I bottomed out in ice and snow. They are beasts, just short. It's a different game. Hard to compare them directly, but I'd say it's about the only thing out there that is even worthy of a comparison to a Jeep.
Indeed. My Dad has a 2012 Tribeca...it's a beast in snow, and they live out in Nebraska. I'd put it up against my GC or even my old Cherokee any day. It just mows through.
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Re: is it AWD or 4WD

I have the 4x4 v6 Jeep (no low range) and I have a Subaru (see sig). I have driven both back-to-back regularly. The short answer is I can get in either one and head out confidently to wherever regardless of the weather. Ground clearance is the only factor that *could limit the Subaru, and I've never even been close to that limit since owning these.

The biggest factor is not the drivetrain but the tires.
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Re: is it AWD or 4WD

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I understand that there is no low range in Subaru. I'm just trying to compare strictly Jeep's Auto mode to Subaru AWD - kind of apples to apples. Just think 4x4 Laredo with QT I w/o low range.

Given above, let's asume if it is a crappy weather with let's say 1 inch of slushy snow on the road. You are in your Jeep in Auto (let's assume that you don't have Select Terrain) and you have a friend with Subaru. Can your Subaru friend claim that system on his car will handle those conditions better?

And ... No ... not trying to start Subaru war here, just want to understand.
It really does boil down to the tires. I have what you see below on my WK2 and I have Nokian WR G2's on wife's 2012 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Limited. They are both great in snow.
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I did see some Subaru made movies where they go against Honda, Nissan, Ford, etc and trying to prove that their AWD system is the best. Kind of like this one:



How would Jeep GC do here?


Obviously newer cars/trucks with traction control have an advantage.
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