Launched in 2006 and taking its name from a artsy New York neighborhood, the original Tribeca was a bit too over the top for its own good and by 2008 they had completely redesigned it completely. Now the Tribeca remains as a 7 passenger vehicle, slightly smaller than the typical midsize crossover. Even the poor visibility of the original was improved by redesigning the rear end. Its interior remains very avant-garde and is mixed by reviewers who either love it or hate it.
Unfortunately, the third seat is too small for even a average child to enjoy, the lack of an adjustable steering column also makes this vehicle unusable by taller drivers. The Tribeca also bucks the trend of the better than average handling of other Subaru models. Its handling is less than impressive. So Subaru is left with a crossover who has watered down its styling so it won’t’ appear to that niche, nor does it really appeal as a mainstream vehicle either.
Perhaps the best thing about the Tribeca is the inclusion of Subaru’s 256 HP 3.6 liter six cylinder engine. This is shifted by a five speed automatic transmission.
Engines: 3.6L H-6
Transmissions: 5-speed automatic
Models: Limited, Premium, Touring
For 2010 Subaru has added a new, top of the line model, the Touring, to the Tribeca lineup, and the Tribeca is now only being offered as a seven passenger vehicle. Bluetooth is now standard on the Touring and Limited, while being option on the Premium trim. For models without navigation, there is a new backup camera.
When Subaru did away with the three element grille, the Tribeca became a much more attractive vehicle. With the Tribeca’s smooth flowing lines and prominent wheel arches, it’s a mature, yet sporty looking crossover SUV.
Inside the Tribeca you will be welcomed with unique design qualities, starting with the curvaceous dash, along with a clean and user friendly central display. As a seven passenger vehicle, most occupants are comfortable but the Tribeca’s third row is cramped and best suited for kids or smaller adults.
You only have one engine and transmission choice for the 2010 Subaru Tribeca, a 3.6-liter H-6 engine producing 256 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift mode. Subaru’s all-wheel-drive system routes 55 percent of the engine’s power to the rear wheels under normal driving conditions.
The Tribeca features four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, dual front airbags, side seat mounted airbags, curtain first and second row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, traction control, stability control, rollover sensor, active front head restraints and full time AWD.
Limited: 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway
Premium: 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway
Touring: 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway
- Stylish design
- Standard all-wheel drive
- Capable off-road
- Small third row
- Average fuel economy
Stylish, but not the class leader
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