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.
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.