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SAFETY | 10 out of 10
Five stars, front and side impacts
Top Safety Pick; "good" rating for frontal offset and side impact results
With the highest ratings in front- and side-impact tests, standard full-time all-wheel drive, and a full complement of safety systems, the 2009 Subaru Tribeca is one of the safest crossovers on the market.
Safety is great, but day-to-day usability is another story. MotherProof takes issue with the child car seat LATCH connectors inside the Subaru: 2009’s Tribeca has “two sets of connectors in the second row's outboard seating positions [that] are practically inaccessible...why didn't they give us some LATCH connectors that are actually useable?"
According to Edmunds, every 2009 Subaru Tribeca "comes with [ABS] with brake assist, traction control, stability control and a rollover-sensing program." Cars.com reports that "side curtain airbags are also standard, but they only deploy over the first and second rows." This is something to consider if you plan to transport children in the third row. Side airbags are available only for the front row, as well.
The 2009 Subaru Tribeca is one of the safest crossovers on the market, even without third-row airbags.