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Unexpected (for me) benefit of AWD - better takeoff when turning

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Recently bought a 2019 Subaru Forester, my first AWD car. The car is not a speed demon, but I am a pretty laid back driver. I do though, want the car to accelerate briskly when entering directly into thick traffic running at speed on Route 1 from one of the many businesses - being too leisurely there could get you rear-ended.

What I have found is, while my prior FWD cars were subject to LOTS of wheel spin while trying to make that sharp turn and accelerate hard at the same time, the AWD system allows me to take off with zero drama and more importantly, zero lost time, because there's zero wheel spin. The net effect is that I am more confident entering this lane with cars running thick at 50mph than I was with earlier FWD cars with more power, because the AWD drivetrain makes the available power more usable in that first critical second or two while making this maneuver :smile2:.
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I never test drove before purchasing 2019 Forester because compared to a 1995 Honda Civic DX, there's not much to compare. The Civic is a dog (lowest trim level with 1.5l 102 hp engine), but it is very low to the ground (5.9" clearance) and the seats also sit low in the car. I picked up the Foz last Saturday and the salesman was going through all the safety features. We went up onto 101 for a lane demo and the entrance ramp was a curve. I had one of those oh no moments when I accelerated in the corner and kind of felt a bit of tipping to the left! I'm going to have to wait and accelerate after the turn on the straight portion of the ramp.

The closest we get to snow in SF area is sleet :)

I'm going to miss my Civic; it was an reliable, excellent car for the $. I didn't bother to try trading it in, but it might be worth a couple of grand if people on CL are getting the asking prices for similar cars.
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