2013 Subaru Tribeca Overview
In what could be the Tribeca’s swan song year, Subaru’s only significant change is to add a brake override system that cuts the throttle if both brake and accelerator pedals are pressed at the same time. Subaru has dropped all but the Limited trim level while retaining several option offerings. Carrying forward are the 3.6-liter, flat-six engine and three rows of seating for seven.
Exterior styling on the Tribeca is conventional and in keeping with the current look of midsize crossovers – it’s just sleek enough to not be confused with a minivan. Standard exterior features include roof rack, fog lights and heated power side view mirrors with integrated turn signals. The Tribeca lacks a power lift gate feature found on some competitors. A trailer hitch receiver and power moonroof are available.
Power is drawn from a 256-horsepower, 3.6-liter flat-six cylinder engine producing 247 pounds feet of torque that is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission and Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. The Tribeca returns EPA-estimated fuel economy of 16 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway – comparable to the Ford Explorer V-6 AWD model.
Inside, the swooping dashboard still carries the modern flair from when it debuted. Dual-zone automatic climate control and auxiliary air conditioner with second- and third-row vents are standard along with heated front seats. Second-row seats feature sliders, which make getting into the third row easier. Subaru offers navigation and a rearview backup camera as options. While a tilt steering wheel is standard, it lacks the telescoping feature.
Subaru prides itself on making safe vehicles and the Tribeca is no exception. It earned a five-star rating in all crash tests and four stars for rollover resistance for 2010 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a 2012 Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Standard safety features include stability and traction control systems, Vehicle Dynamic Control, and antilock brakes with emergency braking assist.