2007 Subaru B9 Tribeca Limited 7-Passenger – Test drive and new Crossover SUV review

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A most unusual Crossover

not just the name that’s Meet the 2007 Subaru B9 Limited.

Part SUV, minivan, part futuristic the 2007 Subaru B9 Tribeca carries a base price of ($39,336 as tested), a 3 year/36,000 basic warranty, a 5 year/60,000 powertrain warranty and an EPA estimate of 18 mpg mpg highway. If the B9 Tribeca transferred your high school, it have had a hard time in at first; once the kids got to it, I wouldn’t be shocked if B9 was elected Council president. It’s kind of vehicle.

First

There’s no polite way to say it — the B9 is ugly. It’s not slipshod, Pontiac Aztek ugly, but it is nonetheless. So ugly it’s

B9 Tribeca’s front fascia has the subject of a lot of criticism. The three big openings are organically shaped, and heavy wire mesh The shape of the openings influences all of the around them, from the to the fender to the hood, resulting in a bulbous front end. fenders ride high big 18 polished aluminum alloy

The windshield is steeply raked, the high, delicately arching line. B9 Tribeca’s rear end is more odd than its nose. up on a shoulder high bulge starts at the middle of the body’s the tailgate bulges out below the oval fixed rear

Studied from the side, the has a kind of abstract feminine The resulting proportions of the whole are closer to minivan than SUV to my even more than Crossover vehicles nowadays.

I had a reaction to the B9 Tribeca’s looks. The fit and were excellent, with paint quality and an all-around of quality. Focusing on the details, the B9 is a winner. But taking in the whole — it’s awkward and

Like a Welsh Corgi it’s a great dog with expressive eyes, cute a great coat. Just look down at those little legs, or you’ll in its face.

Continued below.

In the Seat

Despite the totally cutting edge look of the the instrument panel is still simple and traditional.

Photo Jason Fogelson

If you think the B9 Tribeca is bold on the outside, you seen nothing yet. threw out the book when it the interior of the B9, and started with a sheet design. The dashboard is a flowing sculpture, trimmed brushed aluminum-look accents and quality tactile plastics.

arrays follow the flow of the on the center stack, highlighted by big rotary knobs for climate

Despite the totally modern, edge look of the dash, the panel is still very and traditional. Two big round analogue a tachometer and speedometer, occupy side by side pods the steering wheel flanked by fuel and temperature gauges. B9 comes standard with a GPS system with a big touch-screen sits at the top of the center stack a set of flat air vents that a little stage in front of the

I guess it makes sense a circulation standpoint to have a few that face the roof but the placement seems troublesome. my week with the B9 Tribeca, I was tempted to put my cell phone and sun on the little stage, where inevitably got jammed into the D’oh!

On the Road

B9 Tribeca’s front seats are comfortable, firm and supportive buckets with a ton of adjustability. The row is also a pleasure, a 60/40 bench that’s cushy and The high beltline gives a of cocooning and safety, though passengers may have trouble the scenery out of the small side

The B9 Tribeca Limited 7-Passenger’s row is easy to access, but too small for … transport. At least a DVD entertainment system standard in the Maybe the unfortunate ones who to sit back there get to pick the as consolation.

Using the third row for leaves only 8.2 cubic of luggage space in back, sufficient for seven passengers on a trip. Leave the stuff at or plan on adding a roof a trailer or a chase vehicle.

has a well-deserved reputation for performance, and B9 brings some of the lineup’s to the game. Under the hood, a 3.0 six-cylinder boxer with overhead cams cranks out 245 hp and 215 of torque (where’s the turbo, through its five-speed automatic with Sportshift. Like all the B9 Tribeca has symmetrical all-wheel the merits of which cannot be

Tribeca is sure-footed and stable, a nimbleness that belies its and 4,130 lb curb weight. independent suspension, four-wheel brakes with electronic force distribution, vehicle control and traction control are

Journey’s End

The 2007 Subaru B9 is a real departure for Subaru in ways, and a logical extension of lineup in other ways.

#169; Jason Fogelson

You also consider Crossover from other manufacturers. The segment is the hottest part of the SUV right now, and there are great vehicles out there. a look at the Ford Edge MKX and Saturn Outlook/Buick Enclave/GMC for starters, some of the boldest from US manufacturers in years.

The Chrysler Pacifica and Ford are different takes on the theme, to the station wagon than the The Toyota Highlander and Honda are both excellent vehicles, and the Veracruz is very promising. The RDX is a hot new entry, and the Lexus GX is a luxury on the theme.

Don’t overlook the BMW X5, the XC90 and the Infiniti FX45 if inclined to spend a bit more

I wish the Subaru B9 Tribeca I’m not sure that it my vote as Most Likely to but I’ll certainly cast my for Most Unusual in the Class.

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