2010 Tribeca New Car Test Drive
The Subaru Tribeca is a midsize crossover SUV that seats seven. Its overall dimensions put it in the same class as the Toyota Highlander and Nissan Murano. It's nearly as big as a Ford Explorer, in other words. Properly equipped, the Tribeca can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
Tribeca is loaded with technology. It's equipped with a particularly good all-wheel-drive system, giving drivers the latest in all-weather safety and performance.
For 2010, a new, more luxurious Touring model is now at the top of the lineup. The lineup for 2010 has been simplified to three trim levels. The base model has been upgraded to Premium, and the Limited is the mid-level model. For 2010, all Tribeca seat seven; the five-seat variations have been discontinued. Tribeca was launched as a 2006 model. 2008 brought styling revisions, a larger engine and mechanical refinements.
We find the Tribeca a joy to drive, with a roomy, comfortable cabin that has an upscale feel. It's a practical vehicle with lots of nice features. The bigger engine has given the Tribeca the power it needed. Subaru is a leader in all-wheel-drive technology so the Tribeca boasts one of the best all-wheel-drive systems in its class, making Tribeca a superb choice for foul weather.
The 2010 Subaru Tribeca comes in three trim levels: Premium, Limited, and Touring. All seat seven. All are powered by the same 256-horsepower, 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine driving all four wheels full time through a five-speed SportShift automatic with a manual shiftgate.
Tribeca Premium ($30,495) comes with cloth upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power adjustable driver's seat, and a four-way power passenger's seat, both with manual lumbar adjustment and (new for 2010) heat. The second row of seats is almost as flexible as the two front seats, with a 40/20/40-split reclining seatback and a 60/40-split seat bottom adjustable fore and aft. The now-standard third row splits 50/50, and has its own auxiliary air conditioner, with outlets in the headliner and a separate fan speed control. A tip-and-slide feature for the second row makes the third row easier to enter from either side. Also standard are a 100-watt, AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with six speakers and an auxiliary input jack; cruise control; an interior air filter; fog lights; remote keyless entry; power windows; power heated outside mirrors; and power door locks. The steering wheel, which tilts and has radio controls, and shift knob are covered in leather. And there's an information center displaying audio settings, time, fuel economy and outside temperature. The standard tires are P255/55HR18 Goodyear Eagle LS2 all-seasons on five-spoke alloy wheels.
Tribeca Limited ($32,495) adds leather seating for the first two rows, two-position memory for the driver's seat, HomeLink universal remote, and ambient interior illumination. For 2010 a power moonroof is no longer standard, but a 385-watt harman/kardon 10-speaker audio system is, along with a six-CD changer, XM Satellite Radio, and BlueConnect hands-free Bluetooth capability.
Tribeca Touring ($35,795) adds moonroof, HID headlights, rear-vision camera with its monitor imbedded in the rearview mirror. Outside, Touring sports a monochrome paint scheme highlighted by silver-painted roof rails, a silver-painted front underguard, and seven-spoke alloy wheels.
Options include moonroof ($1,500), navigation system with rear view camera ($2,200), and a rear-seat video entertainment system. A long list of dealer-installed accessories is offered, including all-weather floor mats, auto-dimming inside mirror, reading lights, puddle lights, bumper-protection, and roof-rack systems set up specifically for kayaks or bicycles.
Safety features on all models include Subaru's Vehicle Dynamics Control, Variable Torque Distribution all-wheel drive and all-wheel traction control to help the driver maintain control. Brakes are vented discs with antilock (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), and Brake Assist. Front seat occupants are protected by dual-stage front airbags, seat-mounted side impact airbags and active head restraints, which automatically push forward and up in rear-impact collisions. Curtain airbags insulate the front and second row seats in side impacts. All seating positions get adjustable head restraints, and outboard seats have height-adjustable anchors for seatbelt shoulder straps. Child safety seat anchors (LATCH) are provided for the rear seats. A tire-pressure monitoring system is standard. The only safety option is the aforementioned rearview camera.