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2007 Subaru B9 Tribeca

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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 New for 2007

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
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 207 Ratings for the 2006 - 2007 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Best we have ever owned.

By on Wednesday, August 5, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 180,000

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: "We love this vehicle."

Cons: "Not making them anymore."

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

"My husband is 6'6"& I am 5'9". We bought the B9 as it was called back in 2006. We have 180,000 miles on this vehicle. I did my research when we had a baby & we must have our children in a rear facing child safety seat. I dragged that child carrier all over the place trying to fit it in vehicles & still be able to drive without eating my knees. If I ate my knees I knew my husband would. For the price under $30,000 it was in our price range & we weren't pretzels. Loved this vehicle even more when we no longer needed an infant seat. This vehicle has been up & down the East Coast, has traveled to the West Coast & back. It has ALWAYS been comfortable & great to drive. This B9 has been in 2 accidents & still is great. My husband does as much maintenance as possible & and all has been good. Now at 180,00 miles we have hit our first snag & that is a misfire in 1 of the cylinders. My husband has had nothing but frustration with Subaru from getting an accurate manual etc.... Being a wife I tell him to take to a mechanic but not until he spent $1000.00 in tools & parts. he gave up. I hope to have our Subie back home soon because it will be taking another trip from East Coast to West."

24 people out of 30 found this review helpful

comfy quiet reliable surefooted

By on Monday, July 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "surefooted,very comfortable"

Cons: "only average fuel economy"

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

"driver ease and comfort are second to none ease of entry and exit great outward visibility for an suv hard to find a blindspot very pleasing to the eye great looking car"

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Love my Tribeca!

By on Thursday, May 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Handles great"

Cons: "Gas mileage"

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

"Drives awesome....just love this car. Handles like a dream in the snow. Only downs side is the gas mileage."

18 people out of 29 found this review helpful

Had higher expectations of Subaru

By on Monday, May 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "comfort in safety ratings, ran great first few"

Cons: "expensive faults, constant issue"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"Seems to be one problem after the other. I bought car new in 2007 and initially, there were no problems. After 5 years, I'm having a more active relationship with the service personnel at Subaru than anyone. Problems range from $6 - $600 a pop - you name it, something's happening - AC, engine, radiator, lights, etc This is my first subaru and although they tend to get very high safety ratings, if this is a representation of the reliability, i'm not impressed. I don't know if it's the make or the model but I think i'll be getting out of it shortly."

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

The best car I have ever owned.

By on Saturday, May 2, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 180,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very reliable and great to drive."

Cons: "No connector for my iPod. Due to age of car."

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

"This car has been a dream for me. I purchased it new in 2006. It currently has 180,000 miles and still runs great. I have never had any major repairs needed. Just the regular yearly maintenance and replacement parts. I drive 80 miles each day to work and put about 25,000 miles per year on my cars. I have purchased 2 other new cars over the years (Chrysler). Both of these cars had to be traded in and only made it to the 165,000 mile mark. My Subaru is still going strong. I am hoping it will last another 100,000. Fingers crossed. I love not having any car payments and I love my Tribeca!"

13 people out of 25 found this review helpful

Best vehicle I ever owned.

By on Thursday, April 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 108,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great price, reliable, roomy, great cabin space."

Cons: "The third seat area cramped."

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

"I have never had a mechanical problem with this vehicle. Nothing, nada, it just goes and goes. But I also did all of the recommended vehicle maintenance in the book. The DVD player is still in excellent condition as is the sound system. Excelleont in ice and snow and being from North Dakota that is a must. I would buy another one."

14 people out of 23 found this review helpful

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