Salem Subaru Boxer Engine Engineering Information & Design Specs

You may have heard that a Subaru engine isn't like the engines in any other competing brand. That's because the Subaru engine is flat with horizontally-opposed cylinders. That's a very different approach than a V6 engine or Inline 4 engine like you'll find in most other vehicles. Those engines have cylinders that are either vertical or at an angle. Either way, the result is heavy cylinder heads and other engine weight that sits higher in relation to the rest of the car. The lower center of gravity provided by the flat BOXER® engine is among other distinct advantages that it holds over other engines.

Better & Safer Handling

With other engines necessarily coming with a higher center of gravity, the suspension needs to work a lot harder to reduce body roll and make the car handle well. This is why, when you take a Subaru SUV for a drive, it can clear obstacles with an unparalleled 8.7 inches of ground clearance and still go around a turn as comfortably as if you were in a nice car. The better handling certainly makes everyday drives more enjoyable, and it also makes them safer. Have you ever seen an SUV that has rolled over? That's typically because most SUVs have an especially high center of gravity. When you're behind the wheel of a Subaru, you're much less likely to tip the car over during emergency maneuvers because all of the engine weight is much lower to the ground.

More Reliable

Another distinct advantage of the flat Subaru BOXER® engine is that the opposing cylinders naturally cancel out the noise, vibration, and harshness inherent in other engine designs. Other engine designs necessarily require a host of sophisticated balancers and a variety of other components to provide a quiet and comfortable ride. It all adds up to more things that can eventually go wrong. The flat BOXER® is a big reason that 96% of all Subaru vehicles sold over the last decade are still on the road and going strong. This unique engine is also largely behind why the American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Subaru #1 in quality and dependability in the automotive industry.

For those who are just hearing about the BOXER® engine for the first time, it might seem like a brand new technological innovation. However, this engine design was first developed by Karl Benz (yep, that Benz) back in 1897. That predates V-shaped engines by nearly two decades, and the first inline 4 cylinder engine wasn't produced until 1939. So, it's the BOXER engine that has a head start on the competition.

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By now, you've probably heard that we do things Your Way on the Parkway at Capitol Subaru, and Subaru engineering information like this page is just the beginning. We recently opened our new Subaru store, which is the third-largest in the nation, and we have so much more to offer. Even if you just bring your furry best friend over to check out our new dog park, we invite you to swing by. You'll also find a mile-long walking path around our eight-acre lake, and we'll even wash your car for free when you get anything done at our service department. Come discover a better dealership experience at Capitol Subaru in Salem, OR.

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