2008 Subaru Tribeca
There are 14 user reviews for the Limited 5-Passenger trim shown below
- Large, Roomy, Solid road feel. Nice looking. Peppy for such a large vehicle
- You feel every bump in the road, but that's the class. Seats are a bit hard
This is my first Subaru. My father in law has had three Outbacks and suggested I take a look at the Tribeca. I've driven minivans for over 10 years and wanted a change for the smaller. This is a perfect vehicle for those who want to down size a bit from a large SUV or van and not give up too much. I used to make fun of crossover vehicles, but like they say, hate can turn to love on a dime. I liked the looks and for a large car this vehicle has lots of get up and go. It also feels rooted to the road and corners well. This is no lumbering bohemoth! Excellent value for the money and the plus side is we can fit all our stuff in the back. My wife and I have to be more conservative about what we take on trips now, but the cargo area is pretty capacious. Since we live in Forida I'm afraid I will never find out how this car handles in the snow, but we get some pretty wet and oily roads down here between rains so I hardly think the 4 wheel drive is a waste....read morehide
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- Great! Very good handling, comfortable & futuristic details inside.
- Needs a more powerful stereo system - other than that, nothing.
I have never been happier with any other of my cars. I've always owned american cars and had nothing but trouble and maintenance problems. Sorry, but never again. I had a nice GMC Yukon but it kept giving me problems and nobody, not even the GMC dealership could fix it. I thought I would miss all the room in my bigger SUV, but no - NOT AT ALL. Love, Love, Love this vehicle!...read morehide
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- luxury limited edition has basically all options standard minus GPS ,good looks, tight handling ,
- Not much , make Gps standard with all limited editions
For the Money you get alot for your money versus other SUV's , has the proven 4 wheel drive system ,which has been standard throughout subaru life! . car is very sharp in there color black with saddle tan interior. If you were to put this car up on the line with other same sized suv's the specs and pricing wins with hands down....read morehide
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- Take off speed is excellent, quiet, roomy inside & unique interior look.
- Gas mileage isn't great when cruise is off. There's that blind spot that plagues crossover SUVs
In true Subaru tradition, then handling is just fantastic. Sensational in the snow as you would expect. Subaru did it again!!
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- Excellent ride and superior handling
- Needs a larger sunroof like Forester and Outback
Subaru still is tough to beat, just a great car and vastly underrated. Styling good, and interior look is fantastic
9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- solid on the road,very good heating system,power when you need it
- rough ride, as expected fair gas mileage,engine over revs
This is a well made vehicle. The interior feels rich and comfortable in the front seat but the rear seat is not as forgiving.The sound system is one of the best I've heard but it would be so much better with a voice activated system and available phone.
Road stability is excellent and it feels lower to the ground than my previous Highlander which had a tendency to slide in the rear wheels....read morehide
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- 5 speed manual trans, great in snow, good looks & visibilty, more power
- noisy in trunk area, rattles, Needs better finishing of mating parts.
This is our 4th Subaru, follwed this model since 06 and 07 didn't care for it then. Many improvements for 08 got me! Outside looks better, good visibilty, as well as new engine and regular gas. Handles great without snow tires with all seson m+s radials. Dissapointed with the rattles in the rear inside. Going back to the dealers for the 3rd time.I took it apart and added extra soft material between all the plastic compartments under the floor compartments. Needs to be better insulated against the plastice trays which magnify sound of any hard items moving around on a bumpy road, re. tools etc. Sounds like a truck on a rough road. Not quiet for a car costing this much.
Hard back seats....read morehide
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I've worked at an independent Subaru repair shop (Specialized Import Auto Service) in Anchorage for about 18 years so I'm pretty partial to the Subaru brand (I have a '96 Outback with 220,000 miles on it) but when it came time to look for a new car, my wife & I looked at everything. 1/2 ton pick-ups, other SUVs, all wheel drive cars but nothing had the all-around practicality & comfort of the Tribeca. We've had ours (5 pas. ltd, blue) since the end of July and have almost 6,000 miles on it. We absolutely love it! I thought about spending $800.00 for studded snow tires for it as winter got close but decided to wait and see how it did with the all-seasons it came with. No disapointment there, I'm glad I didn't spend the $$$!! I like to turn the traction control off & use the sport shift to slow down on slippery roads and that has worked perfectly. Love the sound system, climate control, heated seats, great power, smooth transmission - Great improvements over the "B9" models of '06 & '07. Plus REGULAR GAS!!! Cant beat it!!!...read morehide
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- Symmetrical AWD, Smooth ride, Powerful Engine.
- None so far.
From the beggining I was interested in SUV because usually they comes with 4WD or AWD. But thats not a fact with most of the SUV in the market. Many of them works automatically switch beetween AWD and 2WD. I wanted something which I have control on it and Subaru was the right answer. Subaru has Symmetrical AWD. Its always AWD so no problems whatever the road conditions. Drive confidently.
When I taste drove new Tribeca, I realize that this the great vehicle with all luxary and safety. I have taste drive many SUVs in this class after Tribeca but no one could reach lavels of Tribeca.
Milage as expected.
Now I own it for more then a month with 1500+ miles and I love it....read morehide
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- Subaru reliability, sporty styling, solidly built.
- Smallest rear cargo space in it's class, some dash features hard to access.
I've had my 2008 Limited 5-Passenger Tribeca for just over a week now (purchased new Nov 2007), and I'm loving it more each day.
After 6 months of intense research into the mid-sized, crossover SUV category, I kept coming back to the Tribeca. Finally, I decided that this was the car for me and after about 3 weeks of contacting several Southern CA dealers, I was able to find one with everything on it I wanted (minus a roof bike carrier, which I'll add after market). We'll see how I feel about it in a few years, but I suspect this car will make me a lifelong Subie fan.
The gas mileage is mediocre, but really, none of the SUV's in this category (save the hybrids) are getting great gas mileage. It's a sacrifice I was willing to make though for the added space & safety the Tribeca affords me. As a single mother with a 18 month old, an elderly father, dogs, etc. to cart around, my hatchback sedan (2002 Hyundai Elantra GT) was just no longer big enough for all the gear I have to haul. Since I rarely put more than 8K miles on my vehicles in a year, I am confident that the gasoline won't kill me as much as it might for someone who drives 10-12K miles per year or more.
Just some of the things I like: The ride is comfortable. The cabin is roomy and "lush", with smooth leather seating, nice trim on the doors and dash, etc. The moonroof is large and easy to operate without the same level of wind noise that I had on my last car. We'll see how that turns out once I have the bike rack installed. Getting the 5 passenger Tribeca gave me twice the cargo space that the 7 seater allowed. It was worth it to me, since I don't need 3 rows of seating anyway! GPS navigation in dash. Heated seats. Puddle lights.
Some things I don't like: No place to put lose change! I know that seems like a silly little thing, but I'm REALLY missing it. No ash tray for small trash items like gum wrappers. The foot "rest" next to the brake peddle is for a size 6 foot or smaller. I have a large foot for a woman (10), and it is much too small for me. I cannot imagine what a man would think! Peddle position of the brake and gas are too close together. Again, if you were a small person you'd probably think they are okay. I'm 5'8", not terribly tall, but I find my legs are practically on top of each other. No telescoping steering wheel, which would be a big problem for someone 6' or taller. No Bluetooth; essential for hands free driving!
This is only the 3rd year of production for the Tribeca line, and 2008 is vastly improved from the B9 version of 06 and 07. I'm interested to see where this car will go over the next couple of years. Meanwhile, I'm loving my car a lot! The quality of Subaru really shines through in a way that was not present on the Mazda CX9 or the new Toyota Highlander, etc. I am glad I went with Subaru!...read morehide
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