The Tribeca has three rows of seating to accommodate up to seven. First and second rows are quite comfortable, while the front seats afford a better view outward than most other crossovers. The second-row bench is split and slides forward or back to help optimize the balance of legroom with the third row; the third row is also split and folds flat to expand the cargo area when not in use.
All-wheel drive is standard on the Tribeca, as it is on all Subarus; the Variable Torque Distribution system works with the electronic stability control and traction control to provide continuous traction for the wheels that can use it. During normal driving, it sends 55 percent of torque to the rear wheels to aid handling no matter what the road conditions. Anti-lock braking is also included.
Thanks to the relatively low center of mass and a suspension that's tuned more for road performance than off-road capability, the Tribeca handles quite well while offering an absorbent ride, with the 6-cylinder engine providing ample acceleration through the 5-speed automatic. While off-roading isn't one of the Tribeca's strong points, towing is quite respectable, with a 3,500-pound rating when properly equipped.
Premium models feature standard heated power mirrors, adjustable steering wheel, cruise control, front and rear air conditioning, and a cargo shade.
Limited models of the Tribeca get leather upholstery, a power memory driver's seat, additional ambient lighting inside, Bluetooth hands-free and a 385-watt harman/kardon audio system with satellite radio. The new Touring trim adds HID headlamps, a power moonroof, and a rear camera monitor with auto-dimming mirror, plus some appearance enhancements such as silver-painted roof rails, a silver-painted chin guard in front, and upgraded 7-spoke alloy wheels.
The Tribeca Touring offers even more features than the Tribeca Limited model. HID headlamps, a power moonroof, a rear camera monitor, and silver roof rails are included.
All 2011 Tribeca models get heated seats and auxiliary air conditioning with second- and third-row headliner vents. Seven-passenger capacity is now included on all Tribecas.