2011 Subaru Tribeca Touring: RideLust Review

23 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2011 Subaru Tribeca Touring: RideLust Review

2011 Subaru Tribeca RideLust Review

Thumbs Up: for front and rear seat

Thumbs Down: No telescoping wheel, on the expensive side.

Buy Car If: You know and love Subaru, and more style, luxury and than the Forester offers.

For Subaru struggled to build kind of a brand identity in the States. Even in their days, they were well known in states Colorado and Vermont, where typically range from bad to Subaru offered an inexpensive, and fuel efficient AWD alternative to sized SUVs, and the brand’s began to grow.

For years, advertising slogan was “inexpensive and to stay that way”, but move on and buyers don’t want inexpensive and de-contented even ones that get you about anywhere you need to go.

first attempt to go upscale was the sedan and Legacy wagon. conceived to battle cars Acura and Lexus, the Legacy found their niche against Hondas and Toyotas When Subaru introduced the Outback, they pioneered the the towards downsizing the SUV, and the continues to be one of the company’s perennial sellers.

Likewise with the Subaru which is kind of a 3/4 scale and even comes in an entertaining, XT variant for those who want a bit spice with their all commuter.

In the early years of the Subaru realized that were missing out on an important of the market. Some buyers more room than the Forester offered, and families small kids sometimes a third row seat. Subaru wanted to shed their but practical” image, and they a serious effort to incorporate a style both inside and the Tribeca.

When the car hit the U.S. in 2006, most reviewers the Tribeca’s interior as being the ever offered in a Subaru. styling was a bit more controversial, and abandoned the triangular, “snarling grille after just one year.

The current Subaru is pleasantly styled, even if it is a bit on the side. The car looks best the rear 3/4 view, where the line starting at the front progresses into a dimensional and blends with the taillights. The fenders give the car more of a and add to the Tribeca’s somewhat beefy Even from the side, the is a good looking vehicle, and it doesn’t look like else on the road.

Up front, however, is where the blends anonymously into the with a nose that like it was pulled straight a Chrysler minivan. Even the and titanium painted lower isn’t enough to make the end interesting, and that’s the main styling flaw of the Tribeca. almost as if Subaru went to the extreme after styling the Tribeca, and tweaking the lines of the end would go a long way towards a stronger identity for the Tribeca.

is where the Tribeca really The front seats (leather in all but the model) are heated and wider average, with comfortable bolsters. The driver’s seat is adjustable and features three settings, while the passenger do with manual adjustments.

Rear seats are also and feature an adjustable rake and bottom. A DVD entertainment system of option package 18) and rear vents ensure that seat passengers will be and comfortable, even on long The rear is designed to fit two adults, but you can a third in between for short

Unlike most mid-size the Tribeca offers a third row suitable for children on short You won’t be squeezing any adults there, especailly on longer since leg room is less ideal. Still, Subaru credit for offering a third row at all.

It’s there if you it, and completely unobtrusive when you

The dash is pleasant to look at, a matte black top, aluminum-look trim and a lower color matched to the Tribeca’s The center console wraps the driver and the passenger, and the curve into the door. It’s pleasing, but it’s also on leg room; you will smash knees, more than getting out of the Tribeca.

The other interior flaw is the of a telescoping steering wheel. got average length arms and but I couldn’t find a comfortable position. If my legs were I was having to reach too far with my if I was within reach of the steering then my legs were

If there was one thing that I’d Subaru to fix, that’s it.

touch screen infotainment and nav is straightforward and easy to figure but the screen really needs a display. There’s so much in the Tribeca (a good thing for visibility) that the nav display gets washed out in bright making he display hard to Below the infotainment controls the HVAC controls, which are to understand but somewhat puzzling.

As far as I tell, there’s no way to link the and passenger temperature settings, appear to operate independently at all

Instruments consist of a temperature a tachometer with gear (helpful, since the Tribeca’s speed automatic transmission can be manually shifted), a speedometer odometer and a fuel gauge. no readily visible driver display, but data on range or economy can be called up on the infotainment

The Tribeca’s 3.6 liter boxer puts out 256 horsepower and 247 ft lb of torque. with the five speed transmission and standard AWD, good enough to get the crossover zero to sixty in less 8 seconds. You pay the price for the power in economy, and I saw 15.8 MPG around That’s about what the EPA you to expect, and they’ve rated the at 16 MPG city and 21 MPG highway.

Drive and you’ll struggle to hit those but those gentle with right foot may do a bit better what the EPA projects.

On the road, the drives more like a car a midsize crossover, and that’s a thing. Outward visibility is and the Tribeca feels more than you’d expect a vehicle that weighs 4,300 pounds. Subaru’s AWD provides excellent traction on wet or roads, and the four wheel brakes do a decent job of stopping.

The Tribeca includes electronic control, called Vehicle Control in Subaru speak, and brake force distribution with brake assist, increases braking pressure in stops.

My Tribeca Touring carried a base price of including destination charge. The option on my tester was the $4,000 Package 18 (Navigation System, Seat DVD System), which the sticker price of my Tribeca to By comparison, a Mazda CX-9 in trim would cost a comparably equipped Ford would run $42,465 and a comparable Traverse would sticker at

That still doesn’t the Subaru a bargain, since a equipped Hyundai Veracruz sticker at $38,890.

So who is the Tribeca at? It’s really meant for loyalists who’ve outgrown like the Outback and Forester. not perfect, but it is familiar to anyone ever owned a Subaru, and enough for a lot of brand loyal

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