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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
‘Good,’ frontal offset; ‘good,’ side impact, ‘good,’ rear impact; 'good,' roof strength; Top Safety Pick
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Outward visibility...notably better than most competing crossover SUVs
the sporty styling leaves the Tribeca with enormous blind spots over the driver's shoulder, and the oversized side mirrors don't do enough to compensate
The 2012 Subaru Tribeca is no exception to its maker's generally excellent record of safety ratings. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave it all "Good" ratings on its crash tests, and standard all-wheel drive and good handling undoubtedly make it more capable on the road than competitors. It also includes anti-lock brakes and various other electronic safety systems, and six airbags. The side-curtain bags cover the windows in the first and second rows but, importantly, not in the third row.
The one caveat is that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not retested the Tribeca under its new and stricter crash tests, which started with the 2011 model year. Given its age and chronically low sales, it's unlikely the current model Tribeca will be re-tested until it's replaced. Under the earlier NHTSA ratings system, the Tribeca achieved the highest five-star ratings in all categories of front and side impact crashes.
Rear visibility in the Tribeca isn't as good as in the smaller Subaru Forester, and we advise opting for the rear-vision camera, which makes reversing and parking much easier.
The 2012 Subaru Tribeca is one of the safest vehicles in its class, though it hasn't been tested under new and more stringent NHTSA crash standards.