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2007 Subaru B9 Tribeca

2007 Subaru B9 Tribeca

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$4,402 — $9,854 USED
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Sport Utility
5-7 Seats
20 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Space and fuel efficiency
  • Rollover sensor standard
  • Competent handling
  • Peppy in city driving
  • Tight turning circle
  • Height eases entry
  • Second row adjusts fore/aft

The Bad

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

What to Know

about the 2007 Subaru B9 Tribeca
  • 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

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2007 Subaru B9 Tribeca Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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.

Exterior
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-in...

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.

Exterior
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.

Interior
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.

Safety
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

What drivers are saying

4.7
19 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Love this car

by Brandy B from Lakewood co on July 16, 2020

The only issue I have is replacing the head gasket but that’s a given w Subaru’s at high mileage. Other than that I love this vehicle. Read full review

(5.0)

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. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2007 Subaru B9 Tribeca currently has 8 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2007 Subaru B9 Tribeca Base 5-Passenger w/Gray Interior

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The B9 Tribeca received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Latch or Latch system

* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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