Subaru fans would not think twice about buying a Tribeca for an SUV. The seven-seater offers standard all-wheel drive and the appropriate ride comfort for a family vehicle. It is also the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) top safety pick for at least 6 years. But it trails behind the likes of Santa Fe and Pathfinder technology- and feature-wise. For its price of almost $35,000, it doesn’t offer that much. The 2014 model is the last Tribeca to roll out of Subaru’s plant.
NEW FOR THE 2014 TRIBECA
- previously optional power sunroof and rear-camera display now standard
UNDER THE HOOD
A 3.6-liter V6 boxer engine powers the 2014 Subaru Tribeca. It puts out 256 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque. A 5-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive system are standard.
The Tribeca is less fuel-efficient than most of its rivals. According to the EPA’s estimates, the Subaru SUV returns 16 city mpg, 21 highway mpg and 18 combined mpg.
ON THE ROAD
The 2014 Tribeca’s acceleration with the 3.6-liter V6 engine is rather acceptable than impressive. But the good thing is it does not produce annoying noise when pushed hard. The transmission downshifts reluctantly when in Normal mode. But the Sport mode awakens it and makes the Tribeca’s performance engaging. Shifting is also quick and smooth in the Sport mode. And the ride is comfortable even on rough pavements, thanks to the soft suspension tuning.
INSIDE THE 2014 TRIBECA
The Tribeca’s interior is pleasant. The design is appealing and outward visibility is refreshing. There is also minimal road and wind noise. But some reviewers find the layout of the controls less user-friendly compared to competing SUVs.
The front seats are comfortable but the rear seats have space issues. The second-row seats’ flexibility is impressive but the legroom is still just adequate. The third-row seats are too small for adult passengers. Behind it, there’s a smallish 8.3 cubic feet of cargo space which can be expanded up to 74.4 when both second and third rows are folded down.
The 2014 Subaru has only one trim level. Some of the standard features are fog lights, power sunroof, power heated front seats with lumbar support, driver’s seat memory function, flexible second-row seats (60/40 split sliding and reclining, 40/20/40 split flat-folding seatbacks), 50/50 split flat-folding third-row seatbacks, leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, leather seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror/back-up camera display, 10 cup holders, Bluetooth, rearview camera, 10-speaker Harman Kardon 6-CD audio system, satellite radio, auxiliary jack, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry system, rollover sensor, and daytime running lights.
Included in the options list are navigation system and rear-seat DVD entertainment system which comes with 9-inch screen, auxiliary inputs for game console and 2 wireless headsets.
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