2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca Reviews – Autoblog and New Car Test Drive

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Subaru is a premium brand. It isn’t or BMW nor does it intend to be, but the technology the stuff you can’t see, is edge, giving drivers the in all-weather safety and performance. The example of this strategy is the 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca.

The thing you should know the Tribeca is that it’s a big as big or bigger than a Nissan or Toyota Highlander or even a Explorer. It seats up to seven

The first thing you’re to notice, however, is the styling, that grille. It looks something from an Alfa Subaru’s new chief designer from Alfa, but he told us the was already set in stone when he

The design of the Tribeca doesn’t everyone, but seems to grow on people with time.

is a trendy, upscale neighborhood New York’s Soho and Lower districts. It isn’t cheap estate. Nor is the Subaru Tribeca transportation.

In case you haven’t all Subaru models are somewhat but we think they offer a lot of in terms of technology, handling, capability and dependability. For its part, the is competitive in the class, especially the lengthy list of features which it comes standard, of which are optional or not even elsewhere.

Extensive driving in California revealed the Tribeca to be a joy to comfortable and practical. In short, list it as a buy. That’s a recommendation, given that we highly of the Highlander and Murano.

Two of the 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca are a five-passenger ($30,695) and a seven-passenger Both share the same a 250-horsepower, six-cylinder engine all four wheels full through a five-speed SportShift Each is available in standard and trim.

Neither trim is lacking in function or comfort. All for instance, have Subaru’s Dynamics Control system, joins forces with Torque Distribution all-wheel and all-wheel traction control to the driver maintain control. wheels are 18-inch aluminum with low-profile, all-season a tire pressure monitoring is standard, too.

Brakes are vented discs antilock and Electronic Brake-force systems.

Safety features Subaru’s unique auto-retracting pedal assembly designed to exposure to crash-related injury for the feet and lower legs. seat occupants are protected by frontal airbags, seat-mounted impact airbags and active restraints, which automatically forward and up in rear-impact collisions. airbags insulate the front and row seats in side impacts.

All positions get adjustable head and outboard seats have anchors for seatbelt shoulder Child safety seat (LATCH) are provided for the rear

Inside, all Tribeca models the driver an eight-way power seat and the front passenger a power seat, both manual lumbar. The second row of is almost as flexible as the two front with a 40/20/40-split reclining and a 60/40-split seat bottom fore and aft. Dual-zone air conditioning is standard, as is a 100-watt, stereo with six speakers.

control is standard. So are power outside mirrors and door The steering wheel, which tilts, and shift knob are in leather.

And there’s an information displaying audio settings, fuel economy and outside

The seven-passenger Tribeca gets way via the addition of a third-row seat 50/50. It also adds front seats and an auxiliary air conditioner fan control in the second row.

Moving up to the Limited in the five-passenger ($32,295) and seven-passenger versions replaces the standard upholstery with a choice of or perforated leather seating The stereo is upgraded to a 160-watt with a six-disc, in-dash CD and nine speakers, including a in the rear cargo area.

options are offered only on the model and include a rear-seat DVD system ($1800) and a touch-screen, GPS navigation system ($2000). options for both models and either at the port or by the dealer costs are extra) number 20 or so and include an assortment of features. them: an auto-dimming inside mirror ($183), battery ($30), engine block ($30), hood protector roof rack-mounted kayak ($147), roof-rack mounted carrier ($140), and towing with hitch and oil cooler


The 2006 Subaru B9 shows a new, soon-to-be face to the world. Purportedly in a manner to remind us of its parent history as an aircraft manufacturer, a central air intake flanked by that look like the new front end reminds us more of a executed knockoff of classic Romeos. But that’s a personal

Some of our colleagues like the But we have better taste they do. In any case, we don’t the grille a deal breaker.

past the odd grille arrangement, is an undeniable aero-sleekness to the flow of the surface planes and scupltings. are integrated into the leading of the front fenders. In plan the front end’s curvature can be to ease the movement of the Tribeca the air.

The steeply raked and A-pillars pull the eye up and over the glass house to a spoiler atop an acutely angled window.

Body side are mostly vertical, not quite their expanse broken by fender blisters circling proportioned tires and wheels. at the trailing edge of the front and even with the door a soft crease grows as it rearward, giving the rear substance before ending in the taillights. An understated character etched into the doors and between the wheel arches attention to the matte-black rocker and subtly reminds the observant of the 8.4-inch ground clearance.

As as we are with the Tribeca’s front the back end leaves us wondering exactly the theme was supposed to be as well. The top half, above the of the waist-high side crease, the rear window and spoiler and rather light and airy, as if it came from a different than the bottom half, most of the liftgate, the license surround, the bumper and lower panel and looking somewhat

Perhaps it’s a consequence of to package sufficient interior for a third-row seat, but like the end, it’s a departure the Subaru look we’ve to know and will require acclimation. And as fondly as we recall the century’s hot rod era, the dual don’t quite fit.

By the the B9 designates the platform. Why did Subaru it necessary to plug this the name? We didn’t have luck getting that out of

So we’ll just call it the a name that goes with Forester, Outback and


The Subaru Tribeca’s is a stunning styling statement. and ergonomically, it’s a delight. been a long time we’ve felt so immediately climbing into a new car for the first

A little more time the wheel revealed that not perfect: the front seat could be deeper for more support, and the back support great.

Right off, we have to climb up into it, its positioning as a hybridization of wagon, and sport utility. Rather, we opened the door and sat down. The high seating position us to check traffic several ahead, and outward visibility is only by seemingly overly A-pillars.

More than we overlooked a pedestrian or another car at an because the pillar blocked our We expect, though, that is something we’d learn to around.

Once buckled in, all the fell right to hand, and the and panels tasked with important information did so quite Well, maybe the fuel and temperature gauges weren’t intuitive, tucked away in the outboard corners of the instrument and utilizing LEDs in lieu of the style. But we found it hard to ways to improve the remainder, the large, easily scanned and speedometer.

Beyond the bits and pieces, the almost-wholesome sweep of the dash as it into the door panels cocoon-like comfort zones for seat occupants. Arms and rest naturally on nicely surfaces with the requisite and levers where they be. Steering wheel-mounted supplemental are styled into the sweep of the spokes.

The shift lever’s slot, which allows the to manually select the desired is properly placed to the driver’s of the primary gate.

The rounded stack extends into the for easy access to its controls and The primary audio control is centered within ready of the driver and front-seat passenger. The and ventilation controls are really with big knobs that digital readouts. The front air conditioning temperature control is thoughtfully positioned facing the

As an aside, while the stereo MP3 media, it isn’t strictly with iPod compatibility. For the dedicated, however, an auxiliary in the upper left rear panel for CD players will input from iPods, control of play sequence has to with the iPod. An elaborate screen and navigation system is centered in the upper half of the with controls that are to both the driver and front

The second row of seats is one of the most we’ve seen in terms of and range of adjustments, as we learned on trips to grocery store, office and just generally around town for a week. The rows of seats are more with shallower side for easier ingress and egress and conservation.

The second row is more than it looks, however, we discovered during a day of driving California’s Central Valley and the Bay The seatbacks can be reclined and we discovered two can be quite comfortable back

Getting in and out of the third row on seven-passenger isn’t easy for adults; best left to the younger

The glove box holds more gloves, with space for the manual, cell phones, door remotes, etc. Two cup are concealed beneath a well-damped in the center console aft of the shift Rearward of this is the padded armrest covering a respectably storage bin.

Two more cup can be found in the fold-down middl.


The more time we with the 2006 Subaru B9 and the more miles we put into its mirror the more we liked it.

Not it didn’t impress from the get go, was south of Market Street in San From there, through the and across the Golden Gate, up 101 a ways, then over to the and up to a lunch stop along the shore of Tomales Bay, the never disappointed. Actually, it impressed.

Multi-lane, divided passed under its impressively tires as smoothly and as rapidly as did switchback-laden two-lanes.

Credit for the ride goes to the high of refinement Subaru’s engineers achieved in development of the horizontally six-cylinder engine. As with SUVs, there is some vibration. Credit for the Tribeca’s handling goes to the relatively low of gravity that comes that essentially flat placed low in the chassis.

The Tribeca is no at 4,400 pounds, and it feels than it looks, but it handles well. By way of comparison, the Tribeca’s which is the distance between the side to side, is fully two narrower than the Nissan track, and they’re the same And the Tribeca tracked through the series of tight, left-right-left as the Murano with less lean and at measurably higher of travel.

The steering is accurate, though a slow.

Passing power on immediately with only pressure on the gas. Shifts up and were managed almost even when executed through the SportShift, there was the slightest interruption in the energy Speaking of the manual characteristics of the the Tribeca will shift up a at engine redline; it will however, drop down a without the driver tapping the forward.

Fuel economy a standout feature, however. The earns an EPA rating of just mpg City/Highway.

Brake feel was not or at least not to our liking; it wasn’t linear, but somewhat spongy. And the column was offset a smidgen to the toward the centerline of the vehicle. used to this awkwardness in GM but were surprised to find it in a

When our time with the came to an end, we were to see it go. Not in the same way we sometimes are with a a Dodge Ram SRT/10 or a BMW, but we really could see ourselves the Tribeca and being quite with life as a one-car

The 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca is at unlike and like other It has all the right feel of control and plus impressive hauling for people and things. And the engineering delivering all this right is thoroughly debugged and proven.

All left to prove is whether will pay what the Tribeca and whether they can get used to face.

New Car Test Drive Tom Lankard filed this from San Francisco, the coastal north of the Bay Area and California’s Valley, with Mitch in the wine country.


Subaru B9 Tribeca 5-Passenger B9 Tribeca 5-Passenger Limited B9 Tribeca 7-Passenger ($32,395); B9 7-Passenger Limited ($33,895).

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