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$28,635
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$30,495
On Performance
The 2011 Subaru Tribeca has standard all-wheel drive and handles well on all sorts of roads and conditions, but its powertrain performance is strictly mid-pack.
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carries its weight low for a very stable feel
MSN Autos

more fun, more flingable ride
AutoWeek

now at least has enough motivation to pass safely on two-lane roads
Car and Driver

The transmission also feels a bit reluctant to shift up or down, but engaging Sport mode gives it some much needed urgency.
Edmunds


While at first glance the 2011 Subaru Tribeca appears to have performance credentials that aren't much different from those of rival models, two things make it a bit different: the engine is a horizontally opposed (boxer, or flat) six-cylinder, and all-wheel drive is standard. The engine is about as strong as other V-6s in this class, with 256 horsepower and 247 pounds-feet of torque, and performs respectably with the five-speed automatic transmission. While on a clear, dry road it's no match for the likes of the Ford Edge or Nissan Murano, Subaru's engine is feels quite rev-happy and deals well with transitions.

Handling is one of the best attributes of the Tribeca; push hard into a corner and the Tribeca has good body control and better steering than most other vehicles of this type. The Subaru Tribeca's 8.4 inches of ground clearance and standard all-wheel drive may scream off-road prowess, but this mid-size crossover is better suited to the suburban environment. Real off-roading isn't the goal here—just all-weather performance.

Conclusion

The 2011 Subaru Tribeca has standard all-wheel drive and handles well on all sorts of roads and conditions, but its powertrain performance is strictly mid-pack.

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