2007 Subaru

2007 Subaru B9 Tribeca

Introduced in 2006, the B9 Tribeca is a mid-size, crossover sport-utility vehicle that resides above the Forester and Legacy Outback in Subaru's lineup. It offers seven-passenger seating (though the third row is fairly cramped) and is reasonably sporty, with a standard 245 horsepower 3 liter horizontally opposed "boxer" six-cylinder engine and five-speed automatic with manu-matic shift capability. All B9s, like all Subaru vehicles, come standard with full-time all-wheel-drive. Since this is a new model that's only been out for about a year, changes for 2007 are modest. The suspension has been re-tuned for a softer ride and a rollover sensing system has been added to all trim levels. There's a new special edition version with mesh grille, chrome wheels and standard XM radio (all '07 models get pre-wired for satellite radio as well). Reverse Assist Sensing -- which detects objects in the vehicle's path when backing up -- and remote start join the options list for 2007.

2007 Subaru Forester

Redesigned for 2006, the Forester crossover is basically a carryover from last year -- when it received new front- and rear-end treatments as well as powertrain and other upgrades. As in '06, the base 2.5 X model's 2.5-liter, "boxer" four-cylinder engine boasts the automaker's I-Active Valve Lift System, which results in a power boost up to 173 horses, along with added overall refinement. Meanwhile, the turbocharged 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine in the 2.5 XT Limited version offers 230 horsepower, with 235 lb-ft of torque. Both powerplants feature Electronic Throttle Control to help optimize engine response, fuel efficiency, and emissions control. Both four- and five-speed automatic gearboxes are offered, but have been improved to provide better overall performance. The four-speed version includes an adaptive control shift system that automatically selects between normal and "sport" shifting modes in response to the driver's throttle input. Subaru's Variable Torque Distribution all-wheel drive system is standard across the line. A revised suspension offers better handling and a smoother ride, and the vehicle's ground clearance has been raised slightly relative to the pre-2006 version. Anti-lock brakes and front-side airbags are standard. An upscale L.L. Bean Edition offers a two-tone exterior, self-leveling rear suspension, leather seats, and a MOMO wood-and-leather-wrapped steering wheel.

2007 Subaru Impreza/ WRX STi

Enthusiast fans of the ferocious WRX STi AWD sport compact will be happy to learn of the special edition version Subaru is offering for '07. The WRX STi Limited comes in White Pearl Urban Gray Metallic only (with 400 copies of each scheduled for production) and is designed to be more visually stealthy -- but every bit as fast -- as its big-winged sibling. The regular STi's huge decklid spoiler is deleted in favor of a more discrete piece, along with black powder-coated brake calipers -- replacing the easy-to-spot gold and red-painted calipers used on the standard WRX STi. Heated front seats and a power moonroof are also part of the Limited package -- and a WRX STi first. Sirius satellite radio is available optionally. The 293 horsepower "boxer" 2.5 liter, turbocharged and intercooled engine returns -- teamed to a six-speed manual gearbox, driver-controllable center differential and sport-tuned suspension.

2007 Subaru Legacy/Spec B

The Legacy sedan and wagon -- including the SUV-flavored Outback version -- are complemented for '07 by the addition of the Legacy Spec B. This is a high-performance versionof the Legacy sedan that can be viewed as mid-point between the flash and fury of the compact-sized Impreza-based WRX and the mid-sized roominess and luxury of the regular Legacy sedan. The Spec B is built around a 243 horsepower version of the Subaru 2.5 liter horizontally opposed "boxer" four cylinder engine used in the WRX -- teamed up with a modified version of the WRX's six-speed manual gearbox and AWD system. The Spec B also features driver-adjustable SI-Drive, which allows engine performance characteristics to be toggled between three settings -- "intelligent," "sport" and "sport sharp" -- with the latter having the most aggressive throttle tip-in while "intelligent" dials it back for normal driving -- and up to a 10 percent boost in potential fuel economy. A limited edition model in '06, the Spec B become a regular production option for 2007. Cosmetic changes include new-for-2007 charcoal grey leather upholstery with Dusk Blue Alcantara inserts. A high-end SRS WOW audio system with MP3 capability and Windows Media Audio playback and iPod jack has also been added to the mix

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