The Tribeca is only offered in Limited trim for 2013. Accordingly, only one powertrain is available, a 256 horsepower 3.6L horizontally opposed "boxer" 6-cylinder engine mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. With this combination the Subaru Tribeca is able to net 16 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway and unlike many other advanced 6-cylinder engines, the boxer in the Tribeca uses regular fuel, rather than premium.
All-wheel drive is standard on the Tribeca; the Variable Torque Distribution system works with the electronic stability control and traction control to provide continuous traction to the wheels that can use it. During normal driving, the system sends 55 percent of torque to the rear wheels to aid handling no matter what the road conditions. Anti-lock brakes are also included. Towing is quite respectable on the Tribeca, with a 3,500-pound rating.
Thanks to the relatively low center of mass and a suspension that's tuned more for road performance than off-road capability, the Tribeca handles quite well while still offering an absorbent ride.
The Tribeca has three rows of seating to accommodate up to seven. First and second rows are quite comfortable, while the front seats afford a better view outward than most other crossovers. The second-row bench is split and slides forward or back to help optimize the balance of legroom with the third row; the third row is also split and folds flat to expand the cargo area when not in use.
The Limited Tribeca gets leather upholstery, a power memory driver's seat, ambient lighting, Bluetooth hands-free and a 385-watt harman/kardon audio system with satellite radio.
Safety features on the Tribeca include anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control, dual stage front airbags, side and side curtain airbags and a 5-star rating in NHTSA crash tests.