The new Subaru 2011 Tribeca is considered to be among the well-performing and affordably priced midsize SUV models released in 2011. However, this is just not enough for making an educated decision on whether this model is suitable for you or not. Use this Subaru review to figure out whether the model is for you. The 2011 Tribeca has a standard four-wheel drive system. It has a 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine. The engine produces 256 horsepower. The five-speed automatic transmission can be shifted manually as well. The four-wheel-drive system makes this new Subaru stand out among its SUV competitors. However, this system makes the car slightly less economic. This model can achieve 16/21 mpg city/highway, according to official data. As you can see, the fuel economy is good, but it could have been better. In general, the engine has very good performance. The acceleration and transmission are considered to be the best features of this model. The 2011 Tribeca model is equipped with all standard controls. Some of the standard features worth pointing out include a power driver’s seat, heated side mirrors and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls. This new Subaru scores well in terms of control, but if you want more advanced high-tech features, you have to go for an upgraded base model. This model has two rows of seats plus a standard third-row seat. The new subaru ascent 2019 has 8.3 cubic feet of storage space. It will not be a mistake to say that the third-row seat is a bit tight while the storage space could have been bigger, especially given the class of the vehicle. The 2011 Tribeca has a slightly conservative yet classic design. It scores better in terms of functionality than in terms of looks.
The safety features of the new Subaru include side-curtain airbags for the front and rear row seats, front-side impact airbags, and Vehicle Dynamic Control, Traction Control System, Brake Assist and Electronic Brake-force Distribution. The car got top scores from state authorities for occupant protection. It has good scores in front crash protection, rear, and side crash protection and even in roof protection. Overall, it can be said that this new Subaru model offers a good level of safety to the driver and the passengers. Overall, this Subaru review concludes that the new 2011 Tribeca model offers good performance, convenient and reliable controls and high level of safety to the driver and passengers. The model could have been more fuel-efficient. It could have offered a larger storage space. The new Subaru XV is a new type of crossover by the Japanese manufacturer and directed to rival Nissan Qashqai, although the high-end variants have not much of a difference in price from premium brands like Audi Q3 and BMW X1. Subaru gives the option of three engines in XV, two cans of petrol- 1.6l and 2.0l and one 2.0l diesel with manual and CVT transmission. The engines are also called as “Boxer” engines as they have horizontally-opposed cylinders. Though the Subaru is mainly aimed for the urban use all of the variants are the all-wheel drive that enables a firm road grip in bad conditions and off-road ability to a certain extent.
Despite being a tall car and having light steering, it feels sharp and has an excellent body control. The new CVT transmission is a bit noisy and does not respond well to the accelerator but has a maximum efficiency, the manual gearbox gives more smooth and satisfying shifting. The 1.6l and 2.0l patrols return 112bhp and 148bhp and the diesel is 2.0l 148bhp (best option in our opinion). The 2.0l diesel returns the economy of 50.4mpg and carbon emissions of 146g/km which is the same to its rivals. For someone who travels a lot, the diesel version is the best option in the long run. XV has a very spacious interior with plenty of leg room at the back, thanks to the concave shaped front seats. High seats allow an excellent view for the driver and passengers. The plastics and other materials are also very well put together. The safety features include seven airbags, traction control, ABS brakes, and collapsing wheel column. It has a five star Euro NCAP rating. There is also an out of sight sub trunk of 15-liters for valuable items. The boot floor can be lifted up and hooked with the tailgate act as a ramp which means the loading has never been so easier. Compared to its rivals, the XV is easy to access making it a perfect family car. The permanent four-wheel drive gives XV the edge over other family hatchbacks during bad weather conditions.
The entry-level model costs around £21,000, which is a little higher than its rivals Qashqai and Mitsubishi ASX. The diesel version costs around £24000, that can buy you a basic Audi Q3 2.0 TDI which is a premium car with great interior and smoother drive. Subaru is hoping that XV will become its best-selling model very soon, apart from the price there is nothing else that can stop it from achieving that. The 2008 Subaru Impreza could have been better if the manufacturer would have the care to put some more viable changes to the engine and other features. The affordable small car is ranked quite low for its outdated powertrain and uninspiring style. However, the Impreza could only impress the driver when it comes to fuel efficiency and some amount of safety features. Subaru counts this car among the sporty vehicles of time but to be the sporty small car it requires some quality. The all-new Subaru Impreza is an all wheel drive car which is ranked low because of its failure to provide good engine choices. The newly redesigned car could not match the new designs of today’s needs. Subaru also provided Impreza wagon and Impreza WRX which are performance oriented cars. The performance of WRX is somewhat reliable but the Impreza midsize car could not impress the critics and auto lovers much.
Under the Hood:
The Subaru Impreza has been criticized for its underperformance and less powerful engine features. Let us see what it utilizes under the hood. The Impreza is installed with a standard 2.5-liter aluminum alloy 16-valve boxer engine which makes 170 horsepower and also 170-pound-feet of torque. The car can achieve the benchmark of 60 miles per hour in just 9.1 seconds. The smooth line of the four-cylinder engine can perform but when it’s a Subaru Boxer engine it must have added some more power. The car can achieve 20 miles per gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon on the highway. This is not so impressive because there are other affordable midsize cars like Toyota Camry and others which have the more powerful engine and can do the same. The Subaru Impreza WRX which is performance oriented car has been able to offer impressive performance with its 305 horsepower, 290 lb-ft 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. This car can achieve the milestone of 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds.
The other model of Subaru called Legacy too used the same engine which the Impreza uses but it has more power options that the 2008 Impreza model. Legacy has a choice of another engine of the car is a 2.5-. This engine with a five-speed automatic transmission with SPORTSHIFT rev-matching control can give only 17/24 mpg at its best. The 2012 Impreza is Subaru’s bid to capture a larger piece of the lucrative small car market. The 2012 Impreza features a smaller version of Subaru’s venerable boxer 4 cylinder engine and a new more lightweight body and chassis. The interior is also all new. Subaru vehicles have always had a solid reputation for quality and in recent years high performance with the WRX line of Impreza models. What Subaru has not yet managed to do is build a mass-market compact car like Mazda’s 3. The outgoing Impreza model is to blandly style and to thirsty on fuel to appeal to the average compact car buyer. Subaru purists would be worried that this new Impreza has sacrificed some of its unique personality traits in order to become more popular. Purists need not worry the new Impreza still has a full-time performance all-wheel-drive system. The Candian Impreza is available in Base, Touring, Sport and Limited models. The US model is available in Base, Premium, Limited, Sports Premium and Sport limited. Our test car was a Canadian model. What everybody is wondering is; can this new Impreza effectively compete with the Honda Civic, Mazda 3 and Chevrolet Cruze for compact car market share?
The inside of the Impreza follows in the footsteps of its predecessors; plain but functional and well constructed. The dash is made of a nice soft touch material and the quality of fit and finish is excellent. The gauge cluster in front of the driver is simple and easy to read. Taking a cue from BMW there is an analog fuel economy gauge in the lower right of the dash. The steering wheel feels solid and feels nice to hold in your hands. Stereo and heating and ventilation controls are all very no-nonsense and simple in design and construction. Seats have good support and are comfortable, however, they lack any option for power adjustment. All models have basic iPod line in capability with higher end touring models offering USB integration and Bluetooth audio streaming. Top end Limited models include a Pioneer multimedia system. Overall the cabin of the Impreza is solidly built but is not very exciting. If you value utility over beauty you will be very happy with it. On the road the Impreza feels capable and sure-footed. Acceleration is adequate from the 2.0L 148 horsepower boxer engine, but it could not be called quick. The available CVT automatic transmission shifts quickly and helps to vastly improve fuel economy in the Impreza over the last model. The standard equipment manual transmission is nice to shift and has a high end notchy feel as you change gears. Touring models and above have an available paddle shift CVT automatic. Handling is the Impreza’s strongest suit. The car grips the road amazingly well and the symmetrical all-wheel-drive system allows you to take challenging corners with ease even in bad weather. During hard cornering the Impreza exhibits minimal body roll. The steering wheel is responsive but still easy to turn in the parking lot. Interior noise levels are somewhat higher than average in this segment but aren’t loud enough to be annoying. In terms of handling and performance across a wide variety of weather conditions, the Impreza has no equal in the compact car class.