The B-9 Tribeca is the first full sized SUV produced by Subaru. The Tribeca B 9 is designed with mechanicals that have proven successful and delivers serious competition to the high-end brands in this sector of the market.
The B9-Tribeca sports Subaru’s prominent grille and a unique exterior design which gives it appeal yet isn’t as attractive as the likes of say the Jeep Compass. The fresh exterior design will be sure to turn a few heads although it may not appeal to everyone.
The Tribeca B9 comes with a completely new interior design. The Tribeca’s cabin boasts quality materials befitting a high-end SUV. Buyers will not be disappointed. The cabin sports a good quality of leather that is attractive and durable.
It’s hasn’t got the reputation of the Toyota Landcruiser but the The B9 comes well equipped even on base level models. The Tribeca includes the flat six engine, four-wheel drive system, and standard five-speed automatic gearbox; the same engine and mechanicals that have proven successful in the rest of the Subaru line-up.
The Tribeca also comes with a seven seat option called the SE 7. The rear seats on the seven seat model are accessed through the Subaru’s rear doors. The five seat model provides three seats across the back and two front seats.
The B-9 Tribeca will be an expensive car to purchase and run. Given the car’s premium status it will be expensive to insure as well. Proven mechanics should help to insure that maintenance is mostly the routine type.
The B9 provides excellent cabin space for front and rear passengers. Head and legroom is good all-round. The Tribeca’s boot is large and accommodating and the cabin provides several storage spaces too.
The Subaru-Tribeca boasts attractive instrumentation and a good quality of materials. The B9’s controls and displays are large and functional. Everything is logically placed and easy to use.
The Subaru-Tribeca provides a smooth and comfortable ride. Abundant cabin space makes it easy for even larger passengers to get comfortable. The B9’s seats are large and supportive but not too firm.
The Tribeca is an easy car to park despite its large size, you could probably park it just as easy as you would a smaller car like the Ford Streetka. The Tribeca provides good all-round visibility and easy steering. Higher spec models receive reversing cameras making parking even easier.
The B9 delivers a quiet and smooth ride at lower speeds and a somewhat sporty ride when pushed hard. The ride quality is adequate at speeds but the B9 sometimes feels like it’s searching between the petrol engine and automatic gearbox.
The Subaru-Tribeca would make an excellent family car. The B9 provides seating for either five or seven passengers; accommodating even larger passengers comfortably. Boot space is plentiful and can store groceries and other family related items easily.
The Tribeca is not a good choice of first cars. It is too large and expensive. Fuel costs are likely to be high as well. The B9 provides too much power and is too large for most novice drivers to navigate successfully, which is the case with many bigger cars, the Isuzu Rodeo being another example. There are better first cars available.
Subaru’s reputation is one of quality built and reliable vehicles. The Tribeca delivers the same quality build and an impressive interior quality. The attention to fit and finish is obvious and adds to the car’s premium image.
Security and Safety
The Tribeca’s standard security features include remote central locking, an engine immoboliser and a security alarm. The boot floor lifts up to conceal a private storage area.
The Subaru B-9 also comes standard with an impressive safety kit. The Tribeca’s standard safety kit includes six airbags, a safety rollover feature, and ABS.
The Finishing Touches
The Tribeca’s standard audio unit includes a six-disc CD changer and a radio with MP3 compatibility. The system provides excellent sound quality. Upgrades are available from the options list.
The Tribeca-B9 also comes standard with leather trim that gives the cabin a quality look and feel. The Tribeca’s dash is the only obvious hard plastic finish. The switches and controls also have a quality feel.
The Subaru B9 Tribeca is a good all-round SUV providing a stylish and attractive exterior and interior design. The Tribeca comes with a high level of standard specification and Subaru’s asking price is a good reflection of the B9’s premium quality. It definitely gives its competition a good run for it’s money such as the Cadillac SRX. If you are looking for something that is a bit more rugged and on a budget then it wouldn’t hurt to consider a smaller, but generally more competent work horse like the Daihatsu Fourtrak.