Test Drive: 2008 Subaru Tribeca – Autos.ca

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August 31, 2007

Review and by Jil McIntosh

Oshawa, Ontario Some years ago, a called The Monks had an unlikely hit a song called #8220;Nice Shame About The Face#8221;. And though I drove the 2006 B9 Tribeca with different playing on the stereo, that still wormed its way into my each time I got behind the There was no getting around it: the #8220;aircraft-inspired#8221; nose certainly out from the pack, but it was fugly.

To its immense credit, Subaru to the criticisms, and so after only two years, this SUV returns considerable improvements. First off is the the B9 is dropped #8211; the B was for its horizontally-opposed engine, the 9 for its platform designation and now it#8217;s simply the 2008 Tribeca, dubbed for the trendy New neighbourhood.

The face is also with a grille that me at first glance of the Chrysler its conservative nature is now more to blend into traffic to make a statement, but that#8217;s preferable to the nose it replaces. are still large C-pillars, but a new design and bigger mirrors it easier to manoeuvre.

2008 Subaru Tribeca. image to enlarge

Under the there#8217;s a new 3.6-litre six-cylinder delivers more power and on regular gas, a new smoother-shifting automatic, a better rear Xenon headlamps, roof and most surprising of all, the base price as in 2007. As five- and seven-passenger versions are

The new 3.6-litre boxer six now increases the power to 256 horses, up from while torque increases to 247 up from 215; it#8217;s the size as the engine it replaces, but is lighter in weight, as is the transmission. fuel economy also marginally which, when with the regular fuel should make the new Tribeca expensive to run; in combined I averaged 12.0 L/100 km.

Acceleration is improved, especially in my lighter, five-passenger configuration, I found the throttle very at times, it could be difficult to The transmission is also better, faster, smoother shifts, and hunting for gears on inclines I remember in the 2006 model.

on an exclusive platform, the Tribeca a fully independent, heavy-duty and of course the company#8217;s standard all-wheel drive #8211; that the components are lined up on each side of the car#8217;s axis, for better balance

2008 Subaru Tribeca. image to enlarge

which splits the torque under normal conditions, and can 50/50 should any of the wheels

The Tribeca#8217;s sweeping metallic stack, with controls down into the console, offer a lot in the way of small-item storage. I first saw the design on the 2006 I wondered at its longevity, given its styling #8211; I find things taken too far can often dated very quickly but I have to admit that grown substantially on me, and I now find it far attractive than I initially

The dual-zone automatic climate standard on all models, uses temperature dials that the numbers inside of them. The are out of the way, and disappear out of sight they#8217;re not in use. All controls are save for the lock button on the doors; the audio controls on the also light up at night.

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