2013 Subaru Tribeca Performance

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A 256-horsepower, 3.6-liter flat-six engine and five-speed automatic transmission remain the only powertrain for the Tribeca. With symmetrical all-wheel drive sending torque sent to all four wheels, you get confident, respectable performance, but it's not quite up to par with the rest of this class—especially now that some models like the Ford Edge have far higher power ratings and six speeds.

Compared to other taller crossover, the Tribeca has one valuable asset: It drives like a lower, leaner vehicle than it is around corners, with better steering than most other vehicles of this type. That's due in part to the lower center of mass afforded by Subaru's horizontally opposed (flat) engines. Yet with 8.4 inches of ground clearance and standard AWD, the Tribeca is great for winter snowstorms or muddy trails.

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