Well this should make a Ram fan or two blush. A Ram four-door pulling a trailer was saved from the clutches of a muddy rut by none other than a second-generation Subaru Impreza. That's the power of all-wheel drive for ya!

It's unclear where the video was taken, but amidst many other trucks (all appear to be pulling camper trailers as well), it was the humble Subie that came to the rescue. Using your standard canvas tow strap, the Fuji Heavy hardware barely appears to struggle, though the Ram does its part, too.

We don't get much of a reaction from the driver of the compact hatchback, but we can infer: "AWD, FTW!" One can argue the merits of the Subaru's footing in contrast to that of the mighty full-size pickup, but there's no denying the video evidence below.

As Autoblog scribe Zach Bowman sagely remarked upon watching the footage, "That video is why I hate buying used cars." Touché.


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      MotionDesigner
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's so easy to pick on the Ram here but if you think logically, any number of things could've happened to the truck with its huge trailer to get stuck the way it did. It's not like it was in a mudding competition with the Subaru. The Subaru probably just happened to be there at the right time. The Ram was spinning its tires too and it only needed that extra umph to get it out. It's not like the Subaru towed it out of the mud all by itself. Btw I drive a Subaru so I'm not being biased towards the Ram, just seeing it rationally.
        Johnny Trailerpark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MotionDesigner
        Agreed. Just a couple of people working together to solve a problem. Regardless of the machinery involved it's nice to see.
        CJ_S4
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MotionDesigner
        I agree...The Ram was basically towing an anchor behind it, all it needed was a few hundred pounds of force going the other direction to offset it, which the Subie was able to provide. The Subie however was able to get all that ~160 lb-ft torque to the wheels more effectively than, say, a Camry...
      Phillip
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have had a two wheel drive pull my 18 wheeler out of the mud, just needed that little extra to get it started...What is the difference between 2 and 4 wheel drive????? The distance you have to walk to get out of the woods.
      sirjaysmith
      • 2 Years Ago
      pretty easy when the truck and trailer have no traction.
      greenz1977
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks to me like that Ram still had the slippery stock tires on it.
      CEC
      • 2 Years Ago
      Proper tires on the Ram would have prevented this.
        sick of stupidity
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CEC
        You mean mud tires needed for this one off event a year..."proper tires" would most likely be the all season tires on it...
          CEC
          • 2 Years Ago
          @sick of stupidity
          The stock "all seasons" suck. The first thing I did when I bought by Ram was change the tires because the only thing they were good for was traveling on dry roads. My current tires are also "all seasons" but they are aggressive enough to dig through mud and snow. Proper tires would have prevented this. BTW if you are stick of stupidity, you should probably finish your education.
        ROLO
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CEC
        or not. or if the subaru was in that spot it would be getting towed. What is the big deal?
      BB79826
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeah, this is why I won't buy a used car either. All it takes is 30 seconds to completely ruin a car and pass it along to an unsuspecting sucker.
      fred schumacher
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Subaru is on firmer ground. The truck is pulling a heavy load with what looks like a decided rear axle weight bias, leaving the front wheels lightly loaded. I've pulled out big 4-wheel drive tractors stuck in the mud with much smaller two-wheel drive tractors pulling on firm ground. It's an issue of traction, and sometimes a little bit extra is just enough to get moving.
      Perry Harrington
      • 2 Years Ago
      That Subaru was spinning all its wheels. The dodge is 4x4, as evidenced by the front wheels spinning. Please stop grossly overestimating a 3600lb machine pulling a 16000lb load on a low-mu surface.
      Bruce
      • 2 Years Ago
      Whoop dee doo basil... the car is only giving the truck a hand, not pulling it completely.. Writer of this article is a city boy
      RV guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is not a AWD vs 4WD. It is simple physics. If you look close, they are not using a weight distribution hitch. This means all the tongue weight of the trailer is on the back end of the truck. You can even see the back has sunk and the front is up in the air. This means there is very little weight on the front wheels of the truck. They are getting little traction. Therefore, they are providing no help. The subie is doing two things. Adding more traction and pulling the front of the truck down allowing its front wheels to gain traction.
        Spartan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RV guy
        ^ I see we have someone knoweldgeable about hitches. If he had WDH, he may have been a bit better off and may have been able to pull out on his own.
      jmkjr72
      • 2 Years Ago
      and i can do the same feat with a little 2 wheel drive ford ranger and a 30000lb straight truck that needs a little help there is no meyer factor to consider as the truck hasnt sunk down in the mud its just some added traction to help it thru like adding a helper engine to a train
      gryphon10
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ah, an AOL commercial for Subaro. How clever.
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