2009 Subaru Tribeca

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What Changed for 2009:
  • Little change evident after front/rear restyling for 2008
  • 3.6-liter horizontally opposed 6-cylinder engine runs on regular-grade fuel
  • One new body color available for 2009: Ruby Red Metallic
  • 5-speed automatic is again the sole transmission
  • Standard all-wheel drive (AWD) and electronic stability control
  • 7-passenger models have second-row tip-and-slide seats on left as well as right side
Subaru addressed both styling and fuel efficiency issues with the 2008 Tribeca (\"B9\" was dropped from the original model name, used when the model (debuted for 2006). The reworked Tribeca features a one-piece grille and new, larger taillights have been added. Under the hood, the 3.6-liter engine puts out more power than its 3.0-liter predecessor and runs on regular fuel. The Tribeca's interior, with its flowing center console, changed little for 2008 and remains \"as is\" for the 2009 model year.

Model Lineup
As before, the 2009 Subaru Tribeca is available in two models: base and Limited; both are offered in 5- or 7-passenger capacities. Standard features on the base Tribeca include AWD; power windows, locks, mirrors and front seats; remote keyless entry; CD/MP3 player; dual-zone automatic climate control; 18-inch alloy wheels; and cruise control. Seven-passenger models also include rear air conditioning. Options include satellite radio; trailer hitch; auto-dimming rearview mirror; remote engine starting; and a backup assist system. The Tribeca Limited version adds leather first- and second-row seats (heated in front, with a memory setting for the driver's seat); upgraded stereo with 6-disc CD changer; roof rails; sunroof; and HomeLink universal remote system. The 7-passenger version of the Tribeca Limited can have an optional rear-seat DVD player with a 9-inch wide-screen LCD monitor, auxiliary input, and wireless headphones. A navigation system with rearview camera also is optional for the Limited.

Running on regular-grade gasoline, the 2009 Subaru Tribeca's 3.6-liter horizontally opposed 6-cylinder engine (aka H-6 or \"flat 6\") produces 256 hp at 6000 rpm and 247 lb.-ft. of torque at 4400 rpm, All Tribecas use a 5-speed automatic transmission with SportShift manual control and Subaru's AWD system. EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2009 Tribeca are 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) and Vehicle Dynamics Control (Subaru's name for electronic stability control) are standard on all Tribecas.

Standard safety equipment on the 2009 Subaru Tribeca includes seat-mounted side air bags for front passengers and side curtain air bags for the first two rows (though none for the third row on 7-passenger models) as well as ABS and Vehicle Dynamic Control (stability control).

The Tribeca aced National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) frontal- and side-impact crash tests with perfect 5-star ratings for both front and rear passengers. In the rollover test, the Tribeca scored 4 stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Tribeca \"Good\" ratings for both frontal-offset and side-impact crash-tests.

The 2009 Subaru Tribeca features a Variable Torque Distribution (VTD) system that, under normal conditions, sends 45 percent of the engine's power to the front wheels and 55 percent to the rear. The slight rear bias helps the Tribeca to feel more agile, Subaru says. In the event of slippage, the electronically managed center differential distributes more power to the axle that is not slipping. An electronic traction control system serves as a secondary method of preventing wheelspin.


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  • Name 5-Pass Ltd w/Nav (4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 34995.00 Engine 3.6L/221.5 City/Hwy MPG 16/21
  • Name 7-Pass (4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 30995.00 Engine 3.6L/221.5 City/Hwy MPG 16/21
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  • Name 7-Pass Ltd w/DVD/Nav (4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 37795.00 Engine 3.6L/221.5 City/Hwy MPG 16/21
  • Name 5-Pass Special Edition (4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 31295.00 Engine 3.6L/221.5 City/Hwy MPG 16/21
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  • 8-way driver/4-way passenger pwr bucket seats w/manual lumbar support, active head restraints
  • 60/40 split second row seat -inc: slide/recline, 40/20/40 split fold down seat back, headrests for all three seating positions
  • High grade cloth upholstery
  • Front console-inc: (2) 12-volt outlets, auxiliary jack for portable audio players
  • Cupholders-inc: (2) in front center console, (2) in rear seat armrest, sport bottle holders molded into front & rear door trim panel (4 total)
  • Carpeted floor mats
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Instrumentation-inc: digital dual-mode trip odometer
  • 7" information display screen-inc: outside temp, audio, trip computer display
  • Pwr windows-inc: illuminated switches, driver-side auto-down
  • Pwr door locks w/illuminated switches
  • Remote starter pre-wire
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Cruise control
  • Air conditioning w/filtration system
  • Rear window defroster
  • Chrome finish door handles
  • Overhead console w/sunglasses storage
  • Dual illuminated vanity mirrors w/lids
  • Interior ambient illumination-inc: footwells, doors
  • (2) 12-volt outlets in rear
  • Cargo area-inc: (2) grocery hooks, (4) tie-down hooks, (4) cargo cover anchor points
  • 2-position memory for driver pwr seat
  • 3-mode heated driver/front passenger seats
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • HomeLink-inc: (3) memory settings, visor mounted
  • Interior ambient illumination-inc: footwells, doors & console area
  • 50/50 split fold-down third-row cloth seat
  • Rear air conditioning-inc: rotary fan speed control in 2nd row
  • Headliner-mounted rear seat air registers
  • 50/50 split fold-down third-row vinyl seat
  • 18" (5) dual-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels
  • P255/55R18 mud & snow all-season tires
  • Body color bumpers
  • Headlights w/auto-off
  • Heated pwr mirrors
  • Variable intermittent front windshield wipers w/de-icer
  • Rear window intermittent wiper w/washer
  • Chrome finish door handles
  • Pwr moonroof
  • Roof rails
  • 3.6L DOHC 6-cyl boxer engine w/dual AVCS
  • Electronic Throttle Control (ETC) system
  • Aluminum-alloy hood w/gas-strut support
  • 5-speed "SPORTSHIFT" automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive
  • 4-wheel independent suspension (2008)
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars (2008)
  • Pwr assisted steering
  • Front & rear ventilated disc brakes
  • Dual ellipsoid bright exhaust tips
    • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) w/electronic brake-force distribution (EBD)
    • Brake assist
    • Daytime running lights
    • Driver/front passenger dual-stage air bags
    • Front seat side-impact air bags
    • Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch
    • Rollover sensor
    • 3-point seatbelts for all seat positions, height adjustable shoulder belt anchors
    • Rear seat outboard LATCH child seat anchors
    • Rear child safety locks
    • Active head restraints for driver/front passenger
    • AM/FM stereo w/CD player -inc: 100-watts, MP3 capability, (6) speakers
    • Pre-wired for XM or Sirius Satellite radio
    • AM/FM stereo w/6-disc in-dash CD changer -inc: 160-watts, MP3 capability, (8) speakers, subwoofer
    • Touch-screen GPS navigation system -inc: 7" hi-resolution information display w/rear vision camera
    • XM Satellite radio receiver & antenna
    • Rear seat DVD entertainment system -inc: 9" wide-screen LCD, auxiliary input, (2) sets of wireless headphones, remote control

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