• (4.7) 18 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $4,579–$11,927
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 20
  • Engine: 245-hp, 3.0-liter H-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 5-7
2007 Subaru B9 Tribeca

Our Take on the Latest Model 2007 Subaru B9 Tribeca

What We Don't Like

  • Rough idle
  • Legroom depends on other seat positions
  • Steering wheel doesn't telescope
  • Warranty not competitive

Notable Features

  • Six airbags
  • ABS and stability system
  • Standard AWD
  • Revised suspension for smoother ride
  • Five or seven seats
  • Cloth or leather seats
  • Automatic with clutchless-manual mode

2007 Subaru B9 Tribeca Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Subaru brought a "revised" 2007 B9 Tribeca to the Chicago Auto Show. Changes to that model were almost invisible to the naked eye, and so it is with the one you'll see on dealers' lots. Black grille centers are listed as the most obvious design change, and Subaru added more content options, including a rollover sensor on all models.

Before the Tribeca, Subaru had never offered a model in the United States that could hold more than five occupants. The Tribeca can seat five or seven people.

The B9 Tribeca is equipped with standard symmetrical Variable Torque Distribution all-wheel drive. It's powered by an all-aluminum horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine, and the five-speed automatic transmission incorporates a Sportshift provision for manual gear changes.

Positioned above the company's Legacy and Outback, it is Subaru's largest model.

A central air intake dominates the front end and is flanked by twin "wings." For 2007, the grille centers are black and a Special Edition option package includes a new mesh grille design and chrome wheels.

Projector-beam headlights incorporate a series of cylindrical bulb housings. An upswept character line starts at the base of the A-pillar and extends back to the rear hatch, and the curved roofline slopes down at the rear. Elliptical taillamps positioned above dual exhaust outlets bring up the rear. Ground clearance is 8.4 inches.

The B9 Tribeca rides a 108.2-inch wheelbase that's 3 inches longer than the Outback's. It measures 189.8 inches long overall, 73.9 inches wide and 66.4 inches tall. The spare tire is mounted underneath the vehicle, and seven-spoke cast-aluminum wheels hold 18-inch tires.

For 2007, Subaru adds a host of options, including reverse-assist sensors, a remote starter and a rear cargo cover. There's also an optional rear-seat entertainment system with a 9-inch screen, wireless headphones and a remote.

Seating for either five or seven passengers is available. The second-row bench seat offers 8 inches of fore/aft travel and is split 40/20/40; each section can recline independently. When a 50/50-split third-row seat is installed, it can hold two additional occupants.

The appearance of the twin-cockpit interior echoes the front grille, and aluminum-look trim decorates the sculpted shapes of the dashboard. Large electroluminescent dials and a 7-inch navigation/information touch-screen are installed. An optional backseat entertainment system includes a DVD player and a 9-inch screen. Indirect floor lighting is installed. Rear air conditioning is standard in the seven-passenger model.

Standard equipment includes a moonroof, heated front seats, keyless entry and a 100-watt CD stereo with MP3 compatibility. Also, a center console auxiliary jack for portable audio players is standard. All Tribecas are wired for XM Satellite Radio, but only the Special Edition package includes it standard.

Under the Hood
The B9 Tribeca's 3.0-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder is mated to a five-speed automatic, which is the sole transmission. The B9 Tribeca can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.

For 2007, Subaru adds a standard rollover system that can detect a potential rollover and activate the side curtain airbags. Also, a new brake-assist system that applies the brakes with greater force in an emergency stop is standard. On models equipped with the navigation system, a rear vision camera is included.

Side-impact and first- and second-row side curtain airbags are standard. Standard antilock brakes incorporate electronic brake-force distribution, and a tire pressure monitoring system and the Vehicle Dynamics Control electronic stability system are installed.

Driving Impressions
In addition to the practical merits of all-wheel drive and available seven-passenger seating, the B9 Tribeca delivers energetic performance. Like the driving experience in general, automatic-transmission behavior is refined and satisfying. Subaru says it has revised the suspension for 2007 to provide a smoother ride. The new suspension has not been tested, but the previous suspension was noted for an unappealing ride over rough spots.

Steering is on the light side compared with some crossovers, but the B9 Tribeca maneuvers with impressive ease. The engine is usually quiet but develops a bit of a snarl during hard acceleration.

Third-row space is tight in seven-passenger models, and getting to that seat could be easier. Cargo space with all the seats raised is modest. Otherwise, flaws are few in Subaru's largest model. Electroluminescent gauges are easy to read, and the control layout — though hardly traditional — is effective.

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 18 reviews

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safe car to drive my grand children around

by Mgohast from Cumberland, MD on October 3, 2017

I have had the car for 7 years & only had routine maintenance needed. Safety was my priority since I drove my grand children & my grand daughter & daughter drove it a lot.

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2007 Subaru B9 Tribeca Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Subaru B9 Tribeca Base 5-Passenger w/Gray Interior

Head Restraints and Seats
Moderate overlap front

IIHS Ratings

Based on Subaru B9 Tribeca Base 5-Passenger w/Gray Interior

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Subaru B9 Tribeca Base 5-Passenger w/Gray Interior

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Subaru B9 Tribeca Base 5-Passenger w/Gray Interior

Overall Rollover Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


There are currently 8 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,400 per year.

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