Subaru Tribeca Interior
Reviewers generally agree that the five-seat (seven-seat optional) interior of the 2007 Subaru B9 Tribeca is comfortable and stylish. Thesays, "Inside, Subaru did its usual competent job with instrument and control layout. Front seats are quite comfortable, middle seats are relatively roomy, but those two flip-up rear seats are toddler-sized."
Comfort is the order of the day, and many reviews focus on this, recommending the Tribeca in this category. This SUV is available as a five-seater or seven-seater. The Auto Channel explains that comfort inside is "excellent," adding that "Seats are firm and generous. Materials are of excellent quality and designed with a soft touch." MSN finds that the "first- and second-row seating areas provide plenty of room."
However, many have noted that with the third row intact, space is somewhat cramped and only suitable for children. Kelley Blue Book sums up "if you like a higher seating position that mimics conventional SUVs, but prefer the step-in height of a sport wagon, the B9 stands ready to provide comfortable seating and commanding views of the road."
U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman reports that the Tribeca has "many flexible features parents will love," and also praises the controls, explaining that they "are solid and easy to use, with key info nicely displayed in the digital screen on the dash." Consumer Guide (which tested the Limited seven-passenger) also approves of the easy-access controls, noting that "main gauges are simply marked, easy to read."
The five-passenger Tribeca base model includes standard features such as XM® Satellite Radio capability; a multifunction screen displaying audio system information; ambient temperature and trip computer functions; cloth upholstery; storage compartment, and a 100-watt, six-speaker audio system with single-disc in-dash CD player and MP3 compatibility.
Standard features for the next model up, the Tribeca Limited (five-passenger), include leather-trimmed upholstery; three-stage heated front seats; a moonroof, and a 160-watt, nine-speaker audio system with subwoofer, six-disc in-dash CD changer and MP3 compatibility. The seven-passenger Limited adds additional features such as third-row seats with 50/50-split flat-folding seatbacks.
The cargo capacity for the Subaru B-9 Tribeca is 37.6 cubic feet, which increases to 74.4 cubic feet with the back seats folded down. Most reviews find that the Tribeca offers plenty of cargo space. CNET reports that "as it shares its platform with its seven-seater sibling, seating space and cargo room in the five-seater Subaru Tribeca are plentiful." The reviewer also approves, saying, "I found the passenger and cargo space to be ample and accommodating." As far as cabin storage, the Tribeca offers plenty of cupholders, in addition to four bottle holders. Automobile.com finds that "along with this bulk space is a dandy collection of tuck-away cubbies and cup holders that can be so handy during long trips."