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New Age SUV
2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca
A three-quarter front view of a purple 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca

In short: A real SUV concept with a boxer engine than can.

A rear interior view of the 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca
A front interior view of the 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca
A view of the 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca's six-cylinder Boxer engine

Subaru is the name of an unexplored galaxy, and it would seem like the namesake manufacturer delivers cars that might as well come from different galaxies judging by their original designs and features. The B9 Tribeca is no exception, and Subaru wants it to be a revolutionary vehicle that will change the playing field. We were curious, but after our test drive, we did not think that other manufacturers had much to worry about.

It’s not that we did not like the car; we just could not find anything super-innovative to make us fall in love with it. This is Subaru’s first seven-passenger rig, as well as its most expensive current offering. There is a new design supposedly reminiscent of an airplane fuselage. It is somewhat different than other offerings on the market. We only whish we had more of a taste for it. Inside there is decent space with a modern dash look, but as you proceed rearward, things get more cramped, especially in the third row where only young children might be happy. However, there are plenty of good electronic gadgets to keep them entertained (DVD entertainment, etc.). That third row folds flat to give you necessary grocery bag space.

Driving the car is pleasant and effortless. We are supporters of all-wheel drive systems, and Subaru has good experience with them. You can make good use of all its 250 horses, but you have to work at it. We experienced some power lag in between gear ratios, but if you keep it revved up and/or use the manual mode, you will be okay.

Read a review of the 2008 Subaru Tribeca Limited

A three-quarter rear view of a purple 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca

Warranty/Service: 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty, 5 year/60,000 mile Powertrain, 5 year/unlimited mileage rust perforation, 24/7 roadside assistance.

Price as tested: $38,320

Technical Specifications

Engine: 3.0-liter, horizontally-opposed DOHC, 250 hp

Transmission: 5-speed automatic with SPORTSHIFT manual control

Safety: dual front and side curtain air bags, front seat side-impact air bags, active front seat head restraints, child anchorage LATCH system

Top Speed: n/a

Acceleration: 0-60 in 8.5 seconds

Braking: 4-wheel power assisted anti-lock braking, electronic brake force distribution (EBD)

Fuel Economy: 18 city/
23 highway

Handling: symmetrical all-wheel drive (AWD), 18" Aluminum-Alloy wheels

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(Updated: 09/02/08 SCV)

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