If you’ve ever wondered why Subaru vehicles last so long, consider this: At the heart of every Subaru vehicle, you’ll find the SUBARU BOXER engine.

Unlike most engine designs, such as inline and V-type, the BOXER engine features pistons that move in opposition to each other due to its unique horizontal layout, resulting in balanced, smoother operation.

What are the advantages of the Subaru Boxer engine?

  • Low profile. Providing a lower center of gravity for predictable handling.
  • Produces less vibration than other engine designs.
  • Subaru Boxer engines help enhance overall vehicle safety and longevity.

In the event of a head-on collision, the Subaru Boxer Engine and gearbox are designed to slide beneath the cabin for your protection.

More Enjoyable Experience On The Road

Subaru firmly believes that the Horizontally-Opposed Engine is the optimum design for driving enjoyment. The pistons face away from each other in a 180º symmetrical layout around the crankshaft and work to balance out each other’s vibrations, delivering a smooth, shudder-free feel.

This is because the engine can rotate freely at any given speed, delivering a heart-gripping response to the driver. The length and height of this engine layout can be kept shorter than a traditional in-line engine, and it is also lighter.

The engine can be mounted lower in the vehicle than other engines, and weight balance on the left and right can be made almost exactly the same. In this design, the low center of gravity engine lowers the center of gravity of the entire car.

Similarly, a symmetrically balanced engine increases the symmetrical balance of the entire car. Both of these aspects combine to deliver a safer, more stable, and ultimately, more enjoyable experience on the road.

Thanks to Reedman-Toll Subaru for providing this information regarding BOXER engines.