Features

One of the Tribeca's redeeming qualities is Subaru's trademark symmetrical all-wheel drive. It's one of the best systems available for tackling the slippery snow- and rain-covered city roads on which I drove the Tribeca. Even in aggressive starts in these conditions, the car accelerated seamlessly from stoplights. The Tribeca's all-wheel drive distributes power to all four wheels all the time, helping with a smooth delivery of traction.

Now here comes Debbie Downer: Unlike the Forester and Outback, the Tribeca's all-wheel drive doesn't come at much of a discount compared with the competition. The Pilot, Highlander and CX-9 come really close to or beat the Tribeca's starting price when equipped with all-wheel drive.

Our fully loaded Touring came in at an as-tested price of $37,995. The only option missing was a rear DVD entertainment system. The Touring trim level comes with xenon headlights, a power moonroof, a backup camera and Bluetooth for its $35,795 starting price. Our tester had the optional touch-screen navigation system for another $2,200.

The navigation system suffered from a fundamental flaw: The touch-screen is beyond arm's reach Ч or at least it was beyond mine. To enter an address or check the gas mileage, I had to lean very far forward to reach the screen at the top of the dashboard. The navigation itself felt outdated, with graphics that are easily bested by many of today's smartphones and portable GPS devices.

    See also:

    R (Reverse)
    This position is for backing the vehicle. To shift from the УNФ to УRФ position, stop the vehicle completely then move the lever to the УRФ position. When the ignition switch has been turned t ...

    Type A audio set (if equipped)
    Type A audio set (if equipped) The audio set will operate only when the ignition switch is in the УAccФ or УONФ position. Х Power and sound controls Х Radio operation Х Satellite radio operation ( ...

    Overhead console
    To open the console, push on the lid lightly and it will automatically open. CAUTION When your vehicle is parked in the sun or on a warm day, the inside of the overhead console heats up. Avoid s ...