2009 Subaru Tribeca review

Not since the Pontiac Aztek has an SUV been so heavily criticized for its appearance as was Subaru's B9 Tribeca when it debuted. For 2008, Subaru has replaced the controversial grille that became the crossover SUV's defining characteristic, tweaked its overall appearance and increased the size and power of its horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine. Subaru has also dropped the B9 portion of the model's name.

The updates make the Tribeca a better SUV than it was before. However, significant ergonomic and visibility problems and an only-adequate new engine mean that even though the styling blunder has been corrected, the Tribeca still has some catching up to do in the midsize-crossover segment.

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Shift lock release
If the select lever cannot be operated, turn the ignition switch back to the УONФ position then move the select lever to the УPФ position with the brake pedal depressed. If the select lever does not ...

Fan speed control dial
The fan operates only when the ignition switch is turned to the УONФ position. The fan speed control dial is used to select four fan speeds. ...

Tongue load
Tongue load WARNING If the trailer is loaded with more weight in the back of trailerТs axle than in the front, the load is taken off the rear axle of the towing vehicle. This may cause the rea ...