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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Recommended shifting speeds
The best compromise between fuel economy and vehicle performance during normal driving is ensured by shifting up at the speeds listed in the following table. ...

Passenger compartment area
1) Lower anchorages for child restraint system (page 1-33) 2) Seatbelt (page 1-12) 3) Center console (page 6-6) 4) Front seat (page 1-2) 5) Rear seat (page 1-7) 1) Top tether anchorages (page ...

Choosing a child restraint system
Choose a child restraint system that is appropriate for the child’s age and size (weight and height) in order to provide the child with proper protection. The child restraint system should meet ...