2012 Subaru Tribeca
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Tribeca 3.6R Premium
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- Fuel Economy:
16 MPG city / 21 MPG hwy
Gas Flat 6, 3.6L/222
256 hp @ 6000 rpm
2012 Subaru Tribeca OverviewThe Tribeca is offered in Premium, Limited and Touring models. Only one powertrain is available, a 3.6L horizontally opposed "boxer" 6-cylinder and a 5-speed automatic transmission.
All-wheel drive is standard on the Tribeca, as it is on all Subarus; the Variable Torque Distribution system works with the electronic stability control and traction control to provide continuous traction to the wheels that can use it. During normal driving, the system sends 55 percent of torque to the rear wheels to aid handling no matter what the road conditions. Anti-lock brakes are also included. Towing is quite respectable on the Tribeca, with a 3,500-pound rating.
Thanks to the relatively low center of mass and a suspension that's tuned more for road performance than off-road capability, the Tribeca handles quite well while still offering an absorbent ride.
The Tribeca has three rows of seating to accommodate up to seven. First and second rows are quite comfortable, while the front seats afford a better view outward than most other crossovers. The second-row bench is split and slides forward or back to help optimize the balance of legroom with the third row; the third row is also split and folds flat to expand the cargo area when not in use.
Premium models feature standard heated power mirrors, an adjustable steering wheel, cruise control and a cargo shade.
The Limited Tribeca gets leather upholstery, a power memory driver's seat, additional ambient lighting inside, Bluetooth hands-free and a 385-watt Harman/Kardon audio system with satellite radio. The Touring trim adds HID headlamps, a power moonroof and a rear camera monitor with an auto-dimming mirror, plus some appearance enhancements such as silver-painted roof rails, a silver-painted chin guard in front and upgraded 7-spoke alloy wheels.
The Tribeca Touring offers even more features than the Tribeca Limited model. HID headlamps, a power moonroof, a rear camera monitor and silver roof rails are included.
2012 Subaru Tribeca Model Changes
The 2012 Tribeca gets dual-zone air conditioning standard, but generally, it's the same as the 2011 model.
2012 Subaru Tribeca Value
The Subaru Tribeca is a car-based crossover vehicle, meaning that it's going to ride and handle better on the road than utility vehicles that emphasize off-roading. While it's at the small end of mid-size, the Tribeca manages three rows of seating, to fit up to seven, so it's a good choice if you have to occasionally haul several kids in back. Also, safety is a good reason to consider the Tribeca; its all-wheel-drive system can prove an asset on slick roads and it's been a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
2012 Subaru Tribeca Strengths
All-weather performance; good balance between ride and handling; 7-passenger capability; versatility
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