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2007 Subaru B9 Tribeca

Overview
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2007 Subaru B9 Tribeca Review

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Subaru's spin on the crossover SUV weds the company's legendary Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive System to a seven-passenger vehicle wrapped in a sleek shell. The B9 Tribeca is based on the Legacy/Outback platform, but features a longer wheelbase and a wider track. Unlike many crossovers, the B9 Tribeca can actually tackle some pretty tough terrain, with over eight inches of ground clearance and an all-wheel-drive system that can route power between the front and rear wheels, depending on which set has the best traction. Although it can't tow as heavy a load as a traditional body-on-frame SUV, the B9 Tribeca does excel in the areas of passenger safety, comfort and economy.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like a higher seating position that mimics conventional SUVs, but prefer the step-in height of a sport wagon, the B9 stands ready to provide comfortable seating and commanding views of the road.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you carry more than five adult passengers, remember that squeezing a third row into a smaller midsize SUV results in less-than-generous back-row passenger space, despite a second-row seat that moves 7.8 inches fore and aft. Cargo space with the third seat in place is modest, too.

What's Significant About This Car?

New safety features include a Roll Sensor System and Brake Assist, which increases hydraulic boost during panic braking. New options include a Rear Vision Camera and Remote Start.

Driving the B9 Tribeca

Driving Impressions Comfort and performance highlight the civilized B9 experience. Ride quality ranks close to blissful on good pavement—several cuts above the SUV norm. Although the Tribeca can hit an occasional rough...

spot a bit hard, the suspension recovers smartly. Steering is relatively light, but maneuverability is impressively easy, though not quite as frisky as Subaru's Forester. There's no shortage of refined energy, with no SUV-like crudeness whatsoever. Automatic-transmission shifts are barely noticed. Console controls are non-traditional but easy enough to use, complemented by very legible brightly-lit gauges. Quietness is another virtue, though the engine gets a touch loud under harder acceleration.

Sliding Second-Row Seats
The ability to slide the second-row seat forward and back makes a significant difference in passenger comfort.

Distinctive Dashboard
Not only does the dashboard and broad, flowing console stand out in appearance, but the instruments and controls are designed for easy viewing and operation. Use of the front display screen for viewing DVD movies (if so equipped) might be a handy bonus.

2007 Subaru B9 Tribeca Details
2007 Subaru B9 Tribeca photo Interior

Either five or seven passengers fit inside, depending on whether a third-row seat is installed. Each section of the 40/20/40-split folding second-row seat slides fore/aft independently, which translates to plenty of second-row leg space. The center spot is somewhat hard and high, but generally tolerable. The available 50/50-split third-row bench incorporates integral headrests and carpeted backs. Passengers won't be at a loss when thirst strikes, with 10 cupholders capable of stocking refreshment. The twin-cockpit layout contains a long, wide console and a "sculptured" dashboard that features electroluminescent gauges. Interiors may be finished in Slate Gray or Desert Beige.

Exterior
2007 Subaru B9 Tribeca photo

Built on a modified Outback platform, the B9 Tribeca has a longer (108.2-inch) wheelbase and wider track, as well as 8.4 inches of ground clearance. Subaru says the B9 Tribeca's center of gravity is 1.5-inches lower than that of a BMW X5. Although not intended for Rubicon-style off-road adventures, the B9 Tribeca excels when confronted by deep snow or unpaved roads. Leading off the new design theme, a protruding nose contains a narrow trapezoidal grille flanked by wing-shaped side grilles. Alloy wheels hold 18-inch tires, and a spoiler tops the rear liftgate. Measuring 189.8 inches long and 66.4 inches tall, the Tribeca is the only Subaru without frameless door glass.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Curtain-type and side-impact airbags are on all B9 Tribecas, along with eight-way driver and four-way power passenger seats. The tinted-glass moonroof includes a sliding shade. An overhead console, dual-zone automatic climate control and HomeLink system are standard, as is a 100-watt, six-speaker CD stereo with MP3 capability, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) and electronic brake-force distribution. Moving up to the Limited Edition adds leather seating surfaces, a 160-watt stereo with six-CD changer and rear subwoofer. Seven-passenger models have three-stage heated front seats and rear air-conditioning controls.

Optional Equipment

Popular options include Remote Start, Rear Vision Camera, DVD navigation and XM Satellite Radio. Seven-passenger models can be equipped with a DVD-based entertainment system with a nine-inch screen. The seven-inch display screen on the dashboard may also be used for viewing DVD movies when the vehicle's gear selector is in the Park position.

Under the Hood

Subaru's horizontally-opposed ("boxer" configuration) 3.0-liter, dual-overhead-cam six-cylinder engine mates with a five-speed Sportshift automatic transmission that permits manually-selected gear changes. Subaru's Variable Torque Distribution all-wheel-drive system normally sends more power to the rear wheels for enhanced handling, but automatically alters the split in response to changing conditions.

3.0-liter Boxer-6
245 horsepower @ 6600 rpm
215 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/23

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2007 Subaru B9 Tribeca Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 198 Ratings for the 2006 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Love this car. Best car ever.

By on Friday, August 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "price was great, fun to drive, dependable, sporty"

Cons: "Gas mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I like this car better than Mercedes, Audi, Toyota and Jaguar and other cars I have owned in the past. It is dependable, great braking, hugs the road, rips up steep, wet driveways and has plenty of power for acceleration and a smooth ride. Very spacious for kids, sports equipment and dogs. The only negative is mileage--15 city; 24 highway. But, that is the price you pay for 6 cylinders."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca, favorite Subaru yet!!

By on Thursday, August 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 101,800

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Styling, rear leg room, holds resale value!!!"

Cons: "None! It's great to drive!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"My wife and I recently purchased a used 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca with only 101k miles on it. We got a great deal, and could not pass it up. Prior to the Subaru, we had a 2006 Pontiac Torrent which we traded in, and are far more impressed with what this same model year Subaru has to offer! It has better styling, more room, and is overall better quality! While the gas mileage is sub-par, what more could you expect from a vehicle that has it all? We are more than impressed with this Subaru, and love the Subaru 3.0L Boxer engine. We are looking forward to years of happy traveling in this car!! We have owned very high mileage Subarus in the past (Forester, Legacy, Outback) which we all loved, but this Subaru has more to offer!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Very High Rating among cars I've owned.

By on Friday, August 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Excellent value and dependability"

Cons: "Could use a couple of more horses under the hood"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"My summary tells it all. My brother has owned several Subaru vehicles and has great luck with them. This was our first and I have to agree, this car lived up to every expectation."

7 people out of 14 found this review helpful

My Fast and Safe Minivan Substitute

By on Thursday, July 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 143,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun, Safe, Fast, Powerful, Low Maintenance cost"

Cons: "Wipers, Relays and other parts only @ Dealer"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Love the Dashboard

"I have owned this car since 2010. It has needed nothing but oil changes, and New brakes. My friends always comment when getting into my car and how awesome it looks after being almost 10 years old. They would love to have my car, but Nissan's are "more affordable" they say. Every time I bring it to get the oil changed or to get it cleaned, I always get the compliment of that's a nice car. I will say that the one draw back to my car is that many of the items you do have to buy from the dealer. Windshield Wiper blades will run you $50 (you cannot buy at other stores) but they last almost 8 months to a year every time. If you need to repair something, it almost always has to come from a dealer (even if you go through another vendor), but I think it's probably the same with many other Subaru things. The things I Love! It has plenty of space, and after my husband drives our other car, he gets in mine and loves the way it just wants to take off. After owning my first Subaru and having to trade it in for a Grand Am (to lower monthly bills) I had nothing but regrets. I love the fact that I can pull over a snow mounded into a parking space in the city and still get out, without having to shovel. I always prefer to take my car with the kids in it, because even with this last winter we had, I never once had a loss of control. I know that many of the same vehicles get much worse on gas milage, but it really has everything to do with maintenance. The person that owned my car before me, had the 75,000 mile inspection and had every oil change documented. Currently my car with 143,000 still gets between 18 and 22 miles/gallon. I have a roof rack installed and use it for trips, I never had the hitch installed, but have been told my my mechanic that "it could pull a house" (limit of 3000lbs). I have never installed any hitch because I know that it is pretty hard on a vehicle. My husband has brought up me getting a new vehicle several times (because soon enough he feels age is going to catch up). I have gone car looking 2 times, and nothing has compared. Walked out of the dealership, happy to be in my own car again. Only thing I wish I would have in my car is the 3rd Row and entertainment system. But I will know better when I have to buy my next Tribeca, although this one shows no signs of giving up any times soon! The only thing I am interested in getting after this vehicle, is another one exactly like it!"

8 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Love the Dashboard

A good choice for an all wheel drive

By on Sunday, May 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 106,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Subaru is a good choice"

Cons: "Hard to do work on if you like to do it yourself"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Bought used with 40000 miles. Have driven daily. Very good in snow and rain. Has a lot of room inside and with added tow hitch and roof rack can carry lots of gear or kayaks. Only negative is leather (pleather) seats."

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

I love this Subaru

By on Sunday, May 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,300

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Absolutely wonderful, safe and distinctive looking"

Cons: "No cons at all."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this Subaru used, at one year old. I've been T-boned in this car. While you never want to have your nice car messed up in an accident, this is the car to be in if you're ever in an accident. I was so impressed with how it held up in the accident. I've been rear ended twice since. It's like being in a tank. The doors close like bank vaults. I now have over 100,000 miles on this car and all that I've ever replaced is one CV drive axle (due to a leaking boot) and numerous light bulbs. I absolutely love this car and would buy another one in an instant. I like the distinctive styling of the older models, not the Chrysler- like look of the new ones."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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