2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca - Road Test Specs

2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca SUV

(3.0L 6-cyl. AWD 5-speed Automatic w/Gray Int.)


Model year2006
ModelB9 Tribeca
StyleLimited 7-Passenger NAV DVD
Base MSRP$37,695
As-tested MSRP$38,320


Drive typeAWD
Engine typeH6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3.0
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)250@6600
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)219@4200
Transmission type5-Speed Automatic w/ Sportshift


Suspension, frontIndependent w/ stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent w/ stabilizer bar
Steering typePower rack and pinion
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelEagle LS 2
Tire size, frontP255/55R18
Tire size, rearP255/55R18
Brakes, front4-wheel vented disc w/ ABS

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)6.2
0-60 mph (sec.)9.5
0-75 mph (sec.)15.1
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.99@76.77
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30.7
60-0 mph (ft.)123.19
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)54.5
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)37.4
Sound level @ idle (dB)44
@ Full throttle (dB)71
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)68

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThe Subaru flat-six provides plenty of power in the Outback station wagon, but in this big SUV is lacks bottom-end punch. Once the vehicle gets rolling and it hits 3,500 rpm the engine comes to life, but a big SUV really works best with plenty of torque. Wheelspin is a non-issue with an all-wheel-drive platform, so launches weren't a problem. The transmission feels a bit glitchy, as it intermittently likes to short shift under full throttle acceleration around 5,000 rpm, instead of revving to the 6,600 rpm redline. This may be due to the fact that the vehicle is pre-production.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsUnder hard braking the Tribeca tracks straight, with moderate but acceptable nose dive and significant ABS noise and vibration. Fade was not an issue, and the pedal is firm yet easy to modulate.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsThis thing feels much more like a minivan than an AWD SUV. Steering feel is very numb, akin to driving a video game. Understeer is prevalent, and the vehicle suffers from significant body roll. A high center of gravity causes a rebound effect in the slalom, where the body roll gets worse and worse with each turn around a cone. The Tribeca also lacks the bottom end power necessary to pull strongly out of the final gate.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1050
Temperature (°F)103
Wind (mph, direction)4mph NE

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)18 City 23 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)16.3
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16.9

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4225
Length (in.)189.8
Width (in.)73.9
Height (in.)66.4
Wheelbase (in.)108.2
Legroom, front (in.)42.3
Legroom, rear (in.)34.3
Headroom, front (in.)38.9
Headroom, rear (in.)38.2
Seating capacity7
Cargo volume (cu-ft)8.3 cu. Ft
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)74.4 cu. Ft


Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years / 60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years / unlimited mileage
Roadside assistance3 years / 36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceN/A


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsStandard
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsStandard
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot Available
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested

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