One of the Tribeca's strongest driving attributes is its ride quality; the suspension absorbs road imperfections with ease, making for a very comfortable commute.
Like the rest of Subaru's current lineup, the 2011 Tribeca is a Top Safety Pick at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It scores the agency's best rating, Good, in front-, rear- and side-impact crash tests, as well as in a roof-strength test.
As of publication, the 2011 Tribeca has not been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration using its revised testing procedures.
Tribeca in the market
In April, new-car sales of the Tribeca totaled a lackluster 241 units. Sales numbers aren't always an indication of a good or bad product, but in this case, it seems seven-seat crossover shoppers are buying elsewhere.
The Honda Pilot sells around 8,000 a month, and even the more niche, sporty Mazda CX-9 crossover sells around 2,800 units. To be competitive, Subaru needs to give the Tribeca some serious attention. Given its smaller size, its entry-level price doesn't give it much of an advantage over the competition, and there are also some very good products competing from within Subaru -- including the Outback, which sold 9,400 units in April.
2011 Subaru Tribeca Snapshot
Starting MSRP $30,495 -- $35,795
EPA Fuel Economy:
256-hp, 3.6-liter H-6 (regular gas)
5-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
New or Notable
* 256-hp flat-six engine
* Standard AWD