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Subaru Tribeca

Like so many of the famous car makers, the Subaru division of Fuji Heavy Industries started out as a manufacturer of heavy industrial goods for a large number of industries. In 1958, the Japanese company chose to offer a new car geared to the average people in Japan. It was designed to be small, easy on fuel, and affordable. The Subaru 360 did relatively well in its home market, and in 1968, Subaru chose to release the car to the American market. While not the muscle car or luxury option most Americans looked for, it meet the needs of consumers looking for a reliable and affordable option.

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Subaru Tribeca Origins

The Subaru 360 may be considered ""cheap and ugly,"" but it certainly got the job done, and the Japanese automaker continued to offer the American public a long line of cars and vehicles. The company quickly became known for its all-wheel drive and safety features as well as providing excellent, well-made options for the driver.

Among the many other car options offered by Subaru over the years, the Tribeca is one of the most popular. This vehicle appeals to different target groups and has enjoyed a great deal of success.

About the Subaru Tribeca

The Subaru Tribeca is the company’s answer to the crossover sport utility vehicle craze and was only available to the American public since 2006. From the 2006 to the 2008 model years, the vehicle was known as the Tribeca B9 and suffered some problems with acceleration. In later models, Subaru made every attempt to correct that issue, and the crossover SUV experienced a new surge in popularity, especially among diehard Subaru fans.

The Tribeca was also known for its unique body style and is known as an alternative to the other Japanese-made SUVs and all of the other competitors in the class. The Subaru Tribeca offers a modern design and distinctive body style that sets it apart and appeals to consumers looking to make a statement with its vehicle.

The interior of the Tribeca series is nice and comfortable, though many industry experts feel it lacks the space and legroom found in many of the Tribeca’s competitors. For this reason, the Tribeca is sometimes overlooked on the showroom floors in place of roomier and larger SUV options. Despite the limited interior space, the design is well done and offers a great deal of comfort and convenience.

Subaru Tribeca Features

Subaru decided to once again offer the Tribeca for the 2012 model year. This mid-sized SUV had many of the same attributes as its previous incarnations, but definitely added options. The Tribeca is available in three distinctive trim levels for this model year and all trim levels are equipped to seat seven passengers. The trim levels include the Premium, Limited, and Touring options.

Under the hood, the Subaru Tribeca is equipped with a 3.6-liter, horizontally-opposed six-cylinder capable of 256 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque. To complement this motor, Subaru paired it with a specialized manual shift mode and sports five-speed automatic transmission.

With the premium trim level of the Tribeca, buyers can expect many safety and convenience devices, including power front seats, climate control, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The Limited version of the Tribeca offers all of the comforts of the Premium with the added benefit of leather seats, heated seating, a 10-speaker audio system with CD player, and Bluetooth capabilities. Those who chose the Touring edition also get to enjoy the back-up camera, sunroof, and xenon headlights.

Subaru Tribeca Evolution

The Subaru Tribeca has been in production since the 2006 model year. The first couple of years were a bit rough for the Tribeca, however. Many industry leaders felt its powertrain was a lackluster. These SUVs offered little in the way of power and acceleration, and the engine simply didn’t give the Tribeca enough power to start off well or to accelerate quickly enough for highway acceleration to suit many tastes. In the later models, Subaru worked hard to correct this issue.

The earlier models of the Tribeca also suffered some difficulties due to its unique body style. As it turns out the unusual triangular style of the front grille and rather rounded body design didn’t appeal to the public or industry experts as Subaru had hoped for. In the 2008 model year, the designers from Subaru offered a new, though generic body style, especially for the grille. This changed design seems to be better received.

Other than the sluggish acceleration and odd body design, most consumers were happy with their earlier versions of the Tribeca and many people chose these cars for used options.

Select a Subaru Tribeca Year

2013 Subaru Tribeca

SUV, Utility/Offroad


The 2013 Subaru Tribeca has a smooth look for a midsize crossover, and the styling is actually reminiscent of a large sedan.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $23,293

MPG
16-21
Seats
7

2012 Subaru Tribeca

SUV, Utility/Offroad


The only change for 2012 is a new active head-restraint system.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $20,264

MPG
16-21
Seats
7

2011 Subaru Tribeca

SUV, Utility/Offroad


The 2011 Subaru Tribeca is a midsized crossover sport utility vehicle manufactured by Subaru.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $19,089

MPG
16-21
Seats
7

2010 Subaru Tribeca

SUV, Utility/Offroad


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.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $16,230

MPG
16-21
Seats
7

2009 Subaru Tribeca

SUV, Utility/Offroad


The Subaru Tribeca underwent a significant refresh for the launch of the 2008 model.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $12,952

MPG
16-21
Seats
5-7

2008 Subaru Tribeca

SUV, Utility/Offroad


When the Subaru Tribeca came on the market in 2006, it was intended to be the next ""big thing.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $11,182

MPG
16-21
Seats
5-7

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