11/26/2014 Winter 2014 About the Author Knowledge is Power Subaru Multi-Function Displays By Bryan Norman 11/26/2014 Winter 2014 When you left home, the outside temperature was 50 degrees and the sun was shining. But half an hour later, you ran into a storm – not a problem in your Subaru, of course. However, the Multi-Function Display (MFD) suddenly flashed, “Roads may be icy. Take care while driving.” What was that?! When the exterior temperature reading on your MFD falls below 37 degrees, the screen will flash – with the above message in some models, or the screen flashes briefly on and off in others. If the temperature outside the vehicle is 37 degrees or lower when you start your Subaru, the MFD will do the same thing. Knowing exterior temperature readings can help you determine how you want to drive your Subaru. Below 37 degrees, ice could be forming, especially on bridges. Take care! WIRED MFDs connect you with how your car is working and the environment in which you drive. Its information can impact your safety and that of your passengers, make you a more fuel-efficient driver, alert you to required maintenance, and help you monitor vehicle systems. When we say the MFD is wired, that’s exactly right. It shows the results of information gathered by sensors and systems and computer manipulation of data. It’s not just “nice to have” information, but data you can use – you need to use – to make your travel experience healthy, wealthy, and wise. AN ENVIRONMENTAL EXCURSION For example, the Forester 2.0XT has a number of ways to manipulate mileage data and present it on the MFD. Input to the vehicle’s computer includes information about how the engine (accelerator) is being used, valve settings, transmission operation, fuel load, odometer reading, and so forth. From that, the MFD can provide readings for instantaneous and average fuel economy, an ECO gauge that can help the driver eke out better mileage, and a bar graph that compares the last minute’s mpg with that of each of the last 30 minutes. This information is delivered by virtual gauges, bar charts, and numerals – your choice. HOW EASY CAN IT BE? Want to know what your Vehicle Dynamics Control system is doing? There’s a screen for that. EyeSight?1 There’s a screen for that. X-MODE? There’s a screen for that, too. Graphics can be selected to show front wheels turn, individual wheels spin, and relative measurement of the distance from the vehicle in front of you. DETAILS That’s not all. One of the Forester MFD screens has three different virtual gauges. You can select displays of average speed, lifetime fuel consumption, engine oil temperature, accelerator opening ratio, boost pressure (for turbo models), and/or more. It’s your choice – three at a time. 1 EyeSight is a Driver Assist Technology which may not operate optimally under all driving conditions. The driver is always responsible for safe and attentive driving. System effectiveness depends on many factors such as vehicle maintenance, weather and road conditions. SeeOwner’s Manual for complete details on system operations and limitations. Please remember to turn off EyeSight when going through a car wash.