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The base Tribeca is confusingly called PremiumCar and Driver »
buttons are difficult to read in daylight conditions, and the curved panel shape further hampers readability and operationEdmunds »
The vertical vents in the middle of the dashboard can't be turned off individually, and the horizontal one atop the dash seems destined to be used as a spot for a coffee cup, leading to an inevitable spill into the ventilation system.Cars.com »
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The base Tribeca is confusingly called Premium
Car and Driver
buttons are difficult to read in daylight conditions, and the curved panel shape further hampers readability and operation
The vertical vents in the middle of the dashboard can't be turned off individually, and the horizontal one atop the dash seems destined to be used as a spot for a coffee cup, leading to an inevitable spill into the ventilation system.
Standard features are a definite strong point in the 2012 Subaru Tribeca. There are three trim levels--from the bottom up, Premium, Limited, and Touring--and all come standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, power adjustable and heated front seats, fog lights, and of course that third-row seat as well. All models come with the 256-horsepower, 3.6-liter flat-six engine and five-speed automatic transmission.
The "base" Premium model can be optioned up with leather upholstery, a six-disc stereo system, and a separate rear air-conditioning system. The navigation system is not offered on the Premium trim level, however. Moving up to Limited adds standard roof rails for cargo carriers, better speakers and Bluetooth hands-free connectivity for the stereo, a moonroof, leather upholstery, a 50/50 split third-row seat back, and the rear climate-control system. The optional 385-Watt sound system comes with 10 speakers and satellite radio tuning. Finally, the Touring model features seven-spoke alloy wheels and the moonroof, plus the optional navigation system and reversing camera.
Base price of the Premium model is roughly $31,000 with delivery, but a fully optioned 3.6R Touring model can run close to $40,000--pricey for a Subaru, though not out-of-line with the highest-end models of some competing seven-seat crossovers.
For a Subaru, the 2012 Tribeca can get pricey at the high end, but the list of standard equipment on most models is generous.