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PERFORMANCE | 7 out of 10
carries its weight low for a very stable feel
more fun, more flingable ride
now at least has enough motivation to pass safely on two-lane roads
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The transmission also feels a bit reluctant to shift up or down, but engaging Sport mode gives it some much needed urgency.
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.
The Tribeca handles quite well and has all-wheel drive standard, but its powertrain is no standout.