2007 Subaru B9 Tribeca

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2007 Subaru B9 Tribeca Review

Midsize crossover worth looking at, but not a leader in the crowded segment.

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Overview

The 2007 Subaru B9 Tribeca classifies as a midsize crossover SUV that provides a fine vehicle in its own right. It offers unique styling, a fine interior, and a great list of standard and optional features. But Subaru’s first true SUV lags behind the rest of its class in performance, handling, and value. The B9 makes for a nice crossover with standard all-wheel drive and decent utility, but it resides in a crowded segment that offers great value from some entrants that have been around longer and are much more refined.

The Range

Body Styles: crossover SUV
Engines: 3.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Subaru B9 Tribeca 5-Passenger, Subaru B9 Tribeca 7-Passenger, Subaru B9 Tribeca Limited 5-Passenger, Subaru B9 Tribeca Limited 7-Passenger

What's New

For 2007, the Subaru B9 Tribeca crossover SUV receives only minor alterations. All models now come pre-wired for XM Satellite radio, and they have a new auxiliary jack for connecting portable MP3 players. The Limited includes standard driver and front-passenger seat memory functions. Also for the Limited, a rear-view camera improves the optional navigation system. A few new options appear for 2007, including a remote starter and rear parking sensors. New standard safety features for 2007 include an anti-rollover system and brake assist.

Exterior

The 2007 Subaru B9 Tribeca midsize crossover SUV comes in two trim levels—base and Limited—and buyers can choose five- or seven-passenger versions of either of these trims. Standard features on the five-passenger base include a sunroof. Moving up to the seven-passenger or even the Limited adds no exterior features. The only notable exterior option is the trailer hitch receiver.

Note that the B9 Tribeca has a unique exterior styling that catches the eye and really stands out from the rest of the vehicles in this class.

Interior

The five-passenger base starts off with dual-zone automatic climate control, power front seats, keyless entry, and a sliding 60/40-split second-row seat. Seven-passenger versions add a 50/50 split-folding third-row seat, heated front seats, and rear climate controls. Moving up to the Limited on both the five- and seven-passenger versions adds standard gear such as leather seating, a 160-watt stereo with a six-disc CD changer, and memory settings for the two front seats. Standalone options include a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and a navigation system with a rear parking camera.

The B9 cabin uses quality materials and offers an upscale look. The only quibble concerns a lack of legroom for occupants in the second or third row.

Performance & Handling

All models of the Subaru B9 Tribeca make use of a three-liter, horizontally opposed, six-cylinder engine. It produces 245 horsepower and 215 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic provides the only transmission option. All B9 Tribecas also use all-wheel drive. Under normal circumstances the power splits 45/55, with the bias heading toward the rear wheels. The power handles most traffic situations, but certainly not as a class leader, especially with the zero-to-60 mph time of 9.5 seconds.

The handling feels rather decent, maybe not sporty or segment-leading, but it inspires a decent amount of confidence, especially in bad weather. The Subaru all-wheel drive gives excellent traction in bad weather, too. On the highway the 2007 Subaru B9 Tribeca stays quiet and rides smoothly. All things considered, the B9 Tribeca makes a great crossover for long trips and vacations, but doesn’t feel at home on twisting mountain or canyon roads.

Safety

All models of the 2007 Subaru B9 Tribeca come with a rollover-sensing program that redirects power and braking efforts if the car detects that an imminent rollover, along with Subaru's all-wheel-drive system. Traction control, stability control, and ABS with brake assist also come standard on all trims, as do front-seat side airbags and full-length side-curtain airbags. In NHTSA testing the B9 Tribeca earns five out of five stars in all tests except rollover resistance where it receives four out of five stars. Even more impressively, in IIHS crash tests the B9 Tribeca earns the highest rating of “Good"" in every single facet of crash test safety. As a result, the B9 Tribeca receives a serious recommendation to buyers concerned about safety, even though it competes in a crowded segment.

EPA Fuel Economy

Subaru B9 Tribeca: 16/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Unique look
  • Stylish interior
  • Standard features
  • Optional features

You Won't Like

  • Lacks rear legroom
  • Price
  • Sluggish performance when full
  • Unrefined engine

Sum Up

Midsize crossover worth looking at, but not a leader in the crowded segment.

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