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2011 Subaru Tribeca Overview
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The 2011 Subaru Tribeca is a three-row SUV that incorporates two of Subaru's standard features, an all-wheel-drive system and a boxer-style engine. In spite of that and a new bronze metallic color, the 2011 Tribeca is unlike other Subarus on the market in nearly every other aspect.
It was originally designed to give Subaru a true competitor in the crossover market, and with three trim levels, it can be optioned out to provide a fairly luxurious interior. In fact, the 2011 Tribeca Limited and the 2011 Tribeca Touring both come with standard leather interiors.
Starting with the base Premium model, though, prospective buyers will find a 256-hp six-cylinder engine that provides 247 lb-ft of torque. It's not called a V6 because it's not; like other Subaru engines, the Tribeca's six-cylinder is a flat boxer arrangement for better weight distribution. It's mated to a five-speed automatic in all trim levels that provides manual shifting possibilities, as well as a 16/21 mpg mileage estimage.
Standard features across the board for 2011 Subaru Tribecas include dual-zone air conditioning and audio controls on the steering wheel for ease of use. Safety features in all three trims include four-wheel disc antilock brakes, electronic stability and traction control systems, and six standard airbags. Front seat occupants get side-impact and side curtain airbags, while side curtain airbags are standard for the second row of passengers. The third row has no airbag protection.
The upgraded trims, Limited and Touring, are where the 2011 Subaru Tribeca begins to shine. The Touring comes with improved wheels, high intensity discharge (HID) headlights, a front bumper underguard, body color side sills, and a power moonroof, as well as silver raised roof rails. The rear-view mirror is auto-dimming, and it features a 10-speaker, 385-watt Harman Kardon audio system that it shares with the 2011 Tribeca Limited.
Continuing in the interior, all Tribecas have eight-way power driver's seats and heated front seats, in addition to sliding and reclining second-row seats. The Limited and Touring trims also include automatic courtesy lighting over the center console and buttons to operate garage openers. This interior style has wowed several reviewers for its unique design and look, especially in the two more expensive trims.
With a raft of available features, the 2011 Subaru Tribeca should be a favorite of any family considering a midsize crossover, especially those looking to move up from the Subaru Impreza or Outback. But reviewers have noted that 2010 models don't retain the crisp handling of smaller Subarus, and the all-wheel-drive system means that fuel economy is lower than other SUVs in the class.
More importantly, while seven occupants are possible in the Tribeca, the third row of seating is difficult to access and makes it tough to fit more than a young child or pets. Instead, many drivers recommend folding it down to increase the cargo capacity to 37.6 cubic feet, a substantial upgrade over the 8.3 cubic feet available with all seats up.