Subaru Tribeca 2010

Subaru Tribeca 2010 is a 4-door, 7-passenger luxury sport-utility sold by Japanese automaker Subaru. The Tribeca was first sold as a 2006 model, with five-seat and seven-seat trims. Built on the Subaru Legacy platform, the Tribeca was inspired by the B9X concept car and has now evolved into its second styling generation, available in 3 variants, namely Limited, Premium and Touring.

The name Tribeca derives from the TriBeCa neighborhood of New York City. The Tribeca is the only vehicle in this class that comes equipped with AWD as standard equipment, with a FWD or rear wheel drive platform not available.

Subaru Tribeca Awards

  • The Tribeca won best interior of the year by Ward's Auto, a benchmark agent similar to JD Power, but more subjective. Also, it was considered Most Innovative Concept at the 2004 Detroit Auto Show.
  • The Tribeca scored well on Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests. It earned a "Top Safety Pick" ranking.


Body style(s): 4 Door Suv
Engine(s): 3.6L H6
Power:@ RPM 256@6000
Transmission: 5 Speed Automatic (varies with variant)
Exterior Dimensions (IN.)
Overall height: 66.4
Overall width: 73.9
Overall length: 191.5
Wheelbase: 108.2
Track (front/rear): 62.2/62.1
Colors: Graphite Gray Metallic, Sky Blue Metallic, Steel Silver Metallic
Fuel Capacity:(gal) 16.9
Mileage(est)(city/highway): 16 / 21
Price Onwards: $30,495
Website: Subaru Tribeca 2010 Homepage

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The Tribeca, Subaru's first midsize sport-utility, is a relatively recent addition to the crossover SUV segment. Bigger and taller than the company's other utility vehicles, it's meant to be a viable alternative to established Japanese crossover competitors as well as other more upscale sport-utilities.

The Subaru Tribeca (originally known as the B9 Tribeca) succeeds in that regard. However, there's not much to push the Tribeca beyond that "alternative" status. Though premium in look and feel, the vehicle's interior is a little cramped when compared to some competitors. Earlier models also suffered from mediocre acceleration.

Overall, the Tribeca's faults are significant enough that we think most shoppers will be happier with other top crossover SUVs. Only if you're a dedicated Subaru fan looking for something out of the mainstream will it be worth adding to your consideration list.

Current Subaru Tribeca

The Subaru Tribeca is a midsize SUV based on a widened and stretched version of the platform Subaru uses for its Legacy and Outback. There are two trim levels -- base and Limited -- and buyers have a choice of five- or seven-passenger models.

Convenience and safety features are pretty comprehensive on the base model. Stepping up to the Limited gets you premiums like leather seating, a 160-watt stereo with CD changer and memory settings for the front seats. Big-ticket options like rear-seat entertainment and a navigation system with rear parking camera are optional.

The Subaru Tribeca is powered by a 3.6-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine producing 256 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque. All models also come with Subaru's signature traction-boosting all-wheel drive that splits the power 45 front/55 rear under normal circumstances, and redistributes power on the fly as needed. A five-speed automatic transmission with a sport- and manual-shift mode is standard.

The Tribeca's cabin has a distinctly sleek and upscale look, but the dash is slathered in hard plastic, and some controls are awkwardly arranged. On the other hand, we like the central screen that displays climate control and audio information -- and this feature comes along for the ride whether you order the navigation system or not.

Legroom is sparse for third-row passengers, and even those in the second row might feel a little cramped -- a rear-facing infant seat barely fits. Fortunately, cargo room with the seats folded is a bit more generous, with up to 74 cubic feet available, though it lags behind some rivals.

Once under way, the current Subaru Tribeca feels reasonably quick and certainly better than earlier models. The engine can sound a little noisy and rough when it's working hard, however. On the other hand, the Tribeca's highway ride is smooth and the cabin remains quiet.

Used Subaru B9 Tribeca Models

The Subaru B9 Tribeca midsize SUV debuted for the 2006 model year. Named for New York City's fashionable and affluent TriBeCa neighborhood, it became Subaru's first U.S. vehicle to feature a controversial (and short-lived) new design expression consisting of a stylized triangular grille and rounded bodywork. This look was poorly received by the public, hence the current model's generic front-end treatment, which bowed for the '08 model year. That was also the year in which the B9 Tribeca became simply the Tribeca.

Used-vehicle shoppers should note that prior to 2008, the B9's six-cylinder engine was a little underpowered. Displacing 3.0 liters, it made 245 hp and 215 lb-ft of torque. Subaru Tribecas with this engine can feel considerably more sluggish when accelerating than 2008 and later models.

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