2009 Subaru Tribeca : Revie w and Specification

2009 Subaru Tribeca : Revie w and Specification

Great SUV! If you need an SUV for weather, etc, this is the vehicle to own. With gas prices going up, if you live in Florida this may not be the car for you, but a small car/hybrid isn't an option with where I live.
It's a Subaru, I have 8000 miles on it, and I am hoping to experience the legendary Subaru reliabililty. It goes in snow! The seat heaters are absolutely theraputic. The interior is very nice. It is dramatically roomier than any other Subaru. If you want a Subaru, but have decided against one because your crammed into it, test drive the Tribeca. It costs a lot more, but you get what you pay for. Plan to spend more for gas with about 17 to 18 mpg around town. 2009 Subaru Tribeca : Revie w and Specification
The 2009 Tribeca is a 4-door, up to 7-passenger luxury sport-utility, available in 4 trims, ranging from the 5-Passenger to the Limited 7-Passenger. Upon introduction, both trims are equipped with a standard 3.6-liter, H6, 256-horsepower engine that achieves 16-mpg in the city and 21-mpg on the highway. A 5-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard. The 2009 Tribeca is a carryover from 2008. There's more here than mere cosmetic surgery. Subaru has reworked the original flat-six engine (lifted from the Legacy parts bin), increasing the bore 2.8 millimeters and the stroke by 11, which raises the displacement from 3.0 liters to 3.6. More displacement, plus variable valve timing on both cams, equals more muscle: 256 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque versus the 245 horsepower and 219 pound-feet of the smaller six.
More muscle equals more go: With a curb weight of 4230 pounds, essentially the same as the B9 Tribeca we tested in July 2005, the updated version smoothes its way to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds and the quarter-mile in 16.1 at 87 mph. The original recorded 8.9 seconds and 17.1 at 83, respectively, and the uptick puts the Tribeca on an equal performance footing with Honda's Pilot, the gold standard of this class. There's also a fuel-cost benefit. EPA forecasts remain the same—16 mpg city, 21 highway—but the 3.6 runs on regular whereas its predecessor needed premium.
2009 Subaru Tribeca : Revie w and Specification
Pros:
I live on a mountain (steep grade) in New England and my driveway is a ski slope. This past Winter I was in a storm and the stablizing thing engaged and saved me from a nasty accident. This is a great SUV for the snow and it is solid and I feel safe. When you drive in bad weather you have to be careful because you forget you are driving in snowy conditions.
Cons:
MPG not great, but it is worth the comfort and safety especially since I live in New England and the winters can be brutual. I like the four wheel drive, Subaru is known for that and Honda and Toyota just can't compete.
The glove compartment has absolutely no room, and I wish the gas tank was on the driver's side. It screws me up every time I go to fill up.The steering column needs to telescope, if you have long legs, you need long arms to match, otherwise you have to choose between leg comfort and arm fatigue. Do not waste your money on the navigation system. It has been funtionally crippled to the point of making it pointless. Buy an external GPS, you will have much greater functionality, and capability than the crippled Subaru system. For example, just to see the clock in your car, you have to press an 'agree' button on the touch screen to absolve Subaru of liablity in it's use. The points at which the transmission shifts. Step on the accelerator and call for power, and count to 3 or 4 before the engine responds. 18 miles to the gallon.

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