Subaru SUVs Use the Same Type of Engine as this Iconic Sports Car Maker

Rev up your Subaru Outback or Forester, and you’ll hear the growl of an engine style shared with one of the world’s most revered sports car makers. Subaru’s plucky SUVs and crossovers use engines similar to Porsche’s vaunted performance machines. That’s right – your humble Subaru Crosstrek has a kinship with your dentist’s Porsche 911 Carrera.

Porsche and Subaru both use boxer engines (and technically Toyota, too)

A red Porsche 911 Carrera drives away alongo a sandy beach road.
2023 Porsche 911 Carrera | Porsche Newsroom

Subaru and Porsche both employ what are known as boxer engines – aka flat engines. Porsche has been using this engine style for well over 50 years in famous sports cars like the 911, 914, and Boxster. Ferdinand Porsche himself helped develop Boxer engines for the Volkswagen Beetle even earlier (although Volkswagen no longer uses flat-configuration engines today).


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