Subaru's largest model gets several updates for the 2007 model year. These include revised suspension tuning to provide a smoother ride and to reduce noise and vibration, brake assist technology to help in panic stops, a sensor that deploys side curtain air bags in potential rollover situations, a rearview camera as part of the optional navigation system, a wider rearview mirror, an auxiliary audio jack for iPods and other media players, and a new Special Edition version with chrome-finished wheels and grille as well as XM Satellite Radio.
While some might see its name and shape as, well, quirky, Subaru calls its B9 Tribeca a "progressive-type" sport utility vehicle. Based on a modified and enlarged version of the platform from Subaru's heralded Outback, the B9 Tribeca launched as a 2006 model and offers seating for 5 or 7 occupants in two or three rows. The B9 Tribeca rides on large, 18-inch wheels and offers 8.4 inches of ground clearance while maintaining a comfortable step-in height.
The interior features what Subaru terms a "flowing, sculptured" dash and center console with automatic climate controls and with ambient lighting in the front and second-row footwells. The second-row seat is a 40/20/40 split and folding setup and the optional third-row is a 50/50 design. Third-row versions come with rear-seat air conditioning.
Standard equipment includes 8-way power for the driver's seat and 4-way power for the front passenger position, cruise control, four power outlets, a multi-function (computer screen-style) display, power locks/mirrors/windows, remote keyless entry, a tilt steering wheel, and a 100-watt audio system. Options include a 160-watt audio system, heated front seats, leather seats, a power glass moonroof, and a navigation system.
Power comes from a 245-hp, 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine connected to a 5-speed automatic transmission and Subaru's familiar all-wheel drive. Vehicle stability control, 4-wheel traction control, and anti-lock brakes are standard equipment. Also standard are front, side, and side curtain air bags.
The Subaru B9 Tribeca competes in the Midsize Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) segment, which consists of 13 models. Buyers in this segment look for comfort, reliability, and quality, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Toyota Highlander (129,794 units sold), Nissan Murano (81,362), and Chrysler Pacifica (78,243). The Subaru B9 Tribeca sold 18,614 units in 2006, an increase of 25.8 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Midsize CUV segment include the Ford Freestyle, Buick Rendezvous, and Hyundai Santa Fe. Joining the segment in 2007 are the Ford Five Edge, GMC Acadia, Mazda CX-9, and Saturn Outlook.
|Base 5-Passenger w/Gray Interior (A5)||5 speed automatic||$29,995||245-hp / 3.0L 6-cyl||18/23|
|Base 7-Passenger w/Gray Interior (A5)||5 speed automatic||$31,995||245-hp / 3.0L 6-cyl||18/23|
|Limited 5-Passenger w/Gray Interior (A5)||5 speed automatic||$32,495||245-hp / 3.0L 6-cyl||18/23|
|Limited 7-Passenger w/Gray Interior (A5)||5 speed automatic||$33,495||245-hp / 3.0L 6-cyl||18/23|