2016 Outbacks - limited-slip rear differential?
The last time I shopped Subaru Outbacks (2009) the base model did not have a limited-slip rear differential but the "Limited" model did. I did not buy it, but got a good deal on a Jeep instead. It's time to replace my Jeep and I'm looking at Outbacks again and they have changed - bigtime. CVT transmission, paddle shifters, etc. - but what happened to the LSD? I can't find anyone at the dealership who can tell me which (if any) of the new model Outbacks has a limited-slip rear differential. Does anyone out there know for sure?
Traction control / VDC (Vehicle Dynamics Control) has replaced limited slip diffs in most non-off road and non-performance vehicles.
I thought Subaru's were better than this but without the limited slip differential, it will have the same problem as the RAV4, won't it? Selective braking to stop spinning wheels doesn't work on hills because it robs the power needed to get going. Owners of 2016 Outbacks probably have not yet seen much snow, but anyone with a 2015 Outback who has had experiences in winter dring with it (good or bad) - can you comment on this? Am I wrong about the importance of limited-slip?
2015/2016 Outbacks have X-mode which should help in low speed/low traction situations.
I tried X-mode on my 2015 Forester 2.5i Touring last winter on a steep, slippery, snow-covered slope but I really don't know how much it helped. BTW, I was also able to get up the slope without X-mode engaged.
I have a Subaru Legacy Outback, which celebrates this month its 20-th (yes twentieth) birth day with rear LSD part of the winter package ($500 at the time) - heated front seats (my wife likes them), heated rear view mirrors (nice option) engine electrical warm up (who cares if you are not in Alaska) AND rear LSD - this only was worth $500. This car never let me down in snow under 2 ft (it is not a bulldozer anyway), ice, crossing rivers (water up to the top of the driving lights).
I also have a 2009 Subaru Outback Special edition, which has the rear LSD, too. It has the VDC, which cuts of the power to ALL wheels on ice, so I have to turn it off and count on LSD. Unfortunately, Subaru discontinued the LSD, counting only on the electronics for vehicle handling.
I had a 1996 Outback with cold weather package option (build date 2/96) and it definitely did not have rear LSD.
My 2003 Outback with all weather package did have a rear LSD.