Understanding the Pros and Cons of Subaru BRZ Power Steering

Understanding the Pros and Cons of Subaru BRZ Power Steering
August 18, 2017 City Subaru

Understanding the Pros and Cons of Subaru BRZ Power Steering

The Subaru BRZ is a fantastic car to drive; it’s poised and extremely responsive. Like most modern cars, the BRZ uses electric power steering systems instead of the older hydraulic steering systems. However, power steering has advantages and disadvantages that many people are unaware of. Let’s take a closer look at how power steering works and some of the pros and cons that affect how you drive.

2016 Subaru BRZ

How Does Power Steering Work?

The older hydraulic steering systems use a pressurised fluid that is divided into a pair of chambers in the steering gear cavity to assist in steering. An electric power steering setup uses an electric motor, this is mounted on the side of the steering rack, and it drives a mechanism that engages a spiral that is cut into the surface of the steering rack. The control is provided by a torque sensor that is connected to the steering shaft; a computer tells the mechanism when it is needed to provide additional steering assistance.

The Pros of Power Steering:

Electric power steering systems are usually a lighter than their older counterparts. Less muscle power is required to turn the wheel, and low speed maneuvers such as parking are much easier. These steering systems, are also lighter because they lack the weight of the hydraulic fluid and associated cabling. There is also an increase in fuel economy because hydraulic steering systems use a belt driven pump to move the fluid and this puts additional strain on the engine. If performance is important, power steering offers many more options for adjusting the steering, and this is quite common with Sport modes.

The Cons of Power Steering:

The main disadvantage that some motoring purists have with power steering is the reduced feel when steering. Drivers familiar with hydraulic steering systems may feel that the feedback is actually lessened, due to their being no physical connection with the road. Many car manufacturers have recognised this phenomenon, and this feedback is simulated in the Subaru BRZ. Another drawback is that a poorly calibrated electric power steering system is less predictable when compared to more linear hydraulic power steering systems.

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If you’re searching for a new Subaru BRZ, contact us here at City Subaru. We have a wide variety of cars for available including the Subaru BRZ. We would like you to join us for a no obligation test drive at your earliest convenience to try the Subaru difference out for yourself. Our sales team is standing by to answer any further questions that you may have.

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