By Larry Schultz on
Vehicle2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca Ltd. 7-Pass. 4dr SUV AWD w/Nav, Gray Int. (3.0L 6cyl 5A)
ReviewIn mountains you cannot use cruise per manual and experience. Foot drive results in shifting under load between 3 & 4 gears. Have to rev engine to 5000+ rpm to maintain freeway speed. Engine screams and high rpm bad for engine. Won't pull hills in 4th. Sport shift helps but is not responsive enough and will shift gears without driver knowing. Any call for power even on level road results in high rpm in 3rd with engine howling. Didn't pay all this money for automatic & cruise and not be able to use it. In general, lack of power causes behavior like my pickup towing a heavy camper. Driver seating is designed for small people. It's either stretch arms for wheel or knees "against chest" for 6 footer.
Best FeaturesNAV system.
Worst Features1. More torque and horsepower at LOWER RPM. 2. Redesign engine for regular gas. (Manual says use premium for performance, but there's no performance to be had at reasonable rpm). 3. Provide telescoping steering wheel to accommodate people with long legs. 4. Front bumper to protect grill.
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