No matter how great a vehicle's drivetrain or grip, we recognize that sometimes even the best of drivers find themselves in a situation that calls for a sudden or even violent change of direction to avoid an accident, that could possibly cause a spin. That is where Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC)* system saves the day. In addition to the constant security of symmetrical full-time AWD, it acts as a second line of defence in emergencies, kicking in only when it's really needed. Sensors monitor vehicle speed, throttle opening, gear position, lateral G forces, yaw rate, brake status and steering wheel angle to analyze the actual driving situation. In the event of a loss of control, a computer simultaneously coordinates control of torque distribution, engine output and the Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) to stop the car from spinning. VDC doesn't detract from the everyday pleasure of driving a Subaru, but even if it never betrays its presence, it's very reassuring to know it's there if needed.
* Available on certain models.