X-MODE: Applying the X-factor Available only on Subaru vehicles, X-MODE complements Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD to allow drivers to take the road less travelled, get muddier and have more daring adventures. The system provides advanced, all-road capability and rugged performance — and elevates driving confidence, especially on uneven surfaces or challenging inclines. The X-MODE system, which is standard on all Ascent, Crosstrek, Forester and Outback models equipped with the Lineartronic® CVT, incorporates Hill Descent Control and goes above and beyond AWD to pull you through the stickiest of situations. A dual function X-MODE is available on select Forester and Outback models. This version allows the driver to select between two different settings tailored to specific driving conditions—namely, snow/dirt and deep snow/mud.