2011 Subaru Tribeca Styling

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The Subaru Tribeca looks, inside and out, like a slightly more upscale take on the family wagon of our day—the mid-size crossover vehicle. That's to say, it's a little sleek and curvy, but not overtly so, and its styling details—at least on the outside—feel carefully calculated to offend no one.

It hasn't always been this way. When the Tribeca was first introduced about five years ago the model had a trend-setting snout, with rounded headlamps and a 'winged' grille inspired by Subaru's aircraft history. Turned out the design was very much love-it-or-hate-it (more the latter), so the Tribeca underwent a major overhaul for 2008, with a more conservative, anonymous front end that shoppers seem to like better.

While the exterior of the Tribeca is quite unremarkable, the interior makes more of an impression. A curvy, overtly futuristic (read, already feeling dated) cockpit-like interior of the original model remains; it's a handsome setup in the details, and its ambient lighting is especially extensive. But some might find a bit too much matte-metallic trim, and away from the instrument panel the interior feels nice but unremarkable.

The exterior of the 2011 Subaru Tribeca is clean, pleasant, and ideal for those who don’t want to be noticed.

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