Since the launch of a larger and redesigned Outback model in 2010, the 2012 Subaru Tribeca now comes only with three rows of seats, giving it a nominal capacity of seven passengers. The front seats are well proportioned, firm, and wider than expected, with adjustable lumbar supports for both front occupants. The only drawback for taller drivers is that the curved instrument panel restricts knee space, which could get uncomfortable on longer trips.
The second-row seat slides 8 inches, and at its rearmost position it provides enough space for adults to sit--though that will restrict the third row to very small people. In other words, to use the third row, adults in the second row will be cramped. Access to the third row is awkward, though grab handles help intrepid riders clamber back into their smaller seat. The second seat back splits 60/40 and folds down, and third row folds flat to expand the load bay as well. The ride of the 2012 Tribeca is smooth and controlled, though on the firm side, and noise suppression is good if no longer class-leading.