A wise evolution
My colleague Daniel and I shared two different versions of the new 2008 Subaru Tribeca, which just arrived in Canadian dealerships. We tested the top-of-the-line model, the 7-passenger Premier, as well as the base 5-passenger model.
Rising above or blending into the mass?
Criticized for the original Tribeca's odd styling, Subaru executives decided to apply almost radical changes to the outside of the vehicle. However, by replacing the trademark plane-shaped grille with a rather stern fascia, the Japanese automaker lost the distinctive look of the Tribeca. In fact, at first glance, you get the impression of looking at a Chrysler Pacifica or some kind of large SUV. What was once a striking crossover now blends into the mass of utility vehicles. Subtle improvements might have been enough to win over everybody.
Generous interior space
Regardless of the model, the Tribeca offers good cargo versatility. You can easily fold the rear seatbacks and benefit from a flat cargo floor to store all sorts of gear. It's actually one of the main reasons why SUVs are so popular. Access to the third row has been greatly improved: small children have no problem getting there since the second-row seats now slide forward. And as Daniel pointed out, "all these little storage bins and compartments are marvellous!"
No modifications were made to the dashboard; it remains as functional, distinctive, ergonomic and user-friendly as always, no matter what trim model you select. Sure, the Premier model offers a host of interesting features and accessories, like navigation, automatic climate control, DVD entertainment, XM satellite radio and rearview camera. But the base model is, in our opinion, very well-equipped, too.
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