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2013 Subaru Tribeca Review
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The 2013 Subaru Tribeca has a smooth look for a midsize crossover, and the styling is actually reminiscent of a large sedan. This might appeal to buyers who want the overall design of a sedan, but need the passenger and cargo capabilities of a minivan. Pulling off this look is rather impressive, considering the uniqueness of the Tribeca.
New For 2013
The Tribeca offers seven-passenger seating. It is the only Subaru model to have three rows, bringing it into direct competition with the Ford Explorer and other, larger SUVs. New features include:
- Standard all-wheel drive
- Optional remote start
The body of the 2013 Subaru Tribeca is made of a mix of galvanized steel and aluminum, which makes it lighter than standard crossovers made fully out of steel. A wing spoiler adds to the style, as does the silver aluminum wheels. A roof rack and roof rails are available if the buyer needs some extra overhead storage space.
Interior & Cargo
The Tribeca comes with dual-zone front automatic air-conditioning, so both the driver and front passenger can choose their most comfortable temperature. The included air filter helps keep the air fresh within the cabin, while the under-seat ducts keep the air circulating through the rear of the cabin. Separate rear controls even allow rear passengers to have as much or as little air as they like. The driver’s seat is eight-way power-adjustable, while the front passenger seat is four-way power-adjustable. Lumbar support and heated seats in the front, and leather-trimmed seats throughout allow all passengers to ride in luxurious comfort.
The entertainment features fulfill what one would expect to find in a new car: an AM/FM/CD audio system with MP3 capability, Bluetooth compatibility, and auxiliary audio input. The Tribeca has the bonus of an in-dash six-CD player, over the single-CD player that most competing vehicles offer. This car also has standard steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, which can really come in handy when adjusting the display and navigating through heavy traffic at the same time. An actual navigation system is available as an option, as is first- and second-row LCD screens, and a DVD entertainment system. These would be wise options to include for buyers in need of a family vehicle, as they would prove helpful on day-to-day commutes and family road trips.
The Tribeca has an impressive 133 cubic feet of passenger volume, truly the size of a minivan. Fully-loaded with passengers, this vehicle only has 8.3 cubic feet of luggage volume. However, with the third seat down, the luggage volume increases to an impressive 74.4 cubic feet. This vehicle can carry 1568 pounds of cargo internally, and can pull a 2,000-pound trailer.
The Subaru Tribeca received four out of five stars from the NHTSA for rollover resistance, which is unfortunately the only safety rating available at this time. However, the list of standard safety features makes up for the lack of crash test ratings. The Tribeca has dual front- and side-impact airbags, as well as side-curtain airbags in the first and second rows. Airbags come with occupant sensors, to help keep the passengers safe.
Anti-lock brakes and driveline traction control help the driver stay in control of the vehicle at all times, while parking assist helps drivers while reversing into parking spaces and parallel parking. To enhance passenger safety, the Tribeca comes with two-stage power door locks and rear child safety door locks. Remote keyless entry comes standard for the convenience of the driver, and the key fob also comes with a panic alarm to deter theft.
The 2013 Subaru Tribeca comes with a 3.6-liter, H-6 engine paired with a five-speed, automatic transmission with overdrive and auto-manual. This engine produces 256 horsepower (hp) and 247 lb-ft of torque, with a fuel economy of 16/22 mpg city/highway. Subaru and Porsche are currently the only companies to use H-6 or flat-six engines, and only Subaru puts the flat-six in the front. The H-6 has some advantages over the V-6 engine. The H-6 produces less vibration that a V-6 engine, as it is more balanced. This allows for a quieter ride and smoother power delivery, which ensuring a smoother overall driving experience.
The Tribeca is supported by a strut suspension in the front and a double independent suspension in the rear, both supported by coil springs and gas-pressurized shocks. This suspension combination provides a smooth ride and responsive drive. The shocks contribute to the comfortable ride by dampening the effect of small bumps and keeping the springs from overreacting with large bumps. An electronic stability system helps keep the suspension stable, even when performing difficult maneuvers.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Subaru Tribeca
- Ford Explorer
- Hyundai Santa Fe
- Toyota Highlander