2008 Subaru Tribeca
There are 17 user reviews for the Limited 7-Passenger trim shown below
- Unparalleled in winter weather, great value
- Small fuel tank, tiny 3rd row
I just drove from the Rockies to the Midwest during a winter storm that had snow, sleet, and freezing rain. We passed dozens of cars in the ditch (many of them competitors' SUVs), but not once did this car lose traction or feel unstable. Since we bought the car in September 08, I've always felt very safe, but now I know with certainty that the feeling is completely justified. Further, our fuel economy was 25mpg on the trip! I don't understand why so many 'professional' reviewers have panned the Tribeca, but I, for one, wouldn't want to be driving anything else....read morehide
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- Surprising 23mpg on the highway, easy to read dashboard and top quality controls
- Rear seat legroom seems tight, cant figure out how to change radio presets from the steering wheel
This car is smooth, I have a lot of fun with Manual-Matic version on the hills in the countryside, and it hugs the turns like a car. Minimal body roll for a 7-Pass SUV. I have put 7 people in this several times, as I have a large family, but I never feel like I am driving a bus. This car is worth every penny!...read morehide
6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- very good ride, drives nicely, interior is excellent
- needs better epa
I have a 2006 Tribeca. I have enjoyed driving this vehicle for the past two years I am partial to the original shape of the vehicle i like that it was different than any other vehicle on the road. Now the new model just blends in . At least it kept the origianl interior which is easy on the eyes and easy to use....read morehide
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- awesome econnomy, i upgradede from an outback and am still very satisfied with fuel economy
- no bluetooth, nav system could be better
great subaru as they all are I love the tribeca, what a great upgrade....the rode and quietness are exceptional... love it
5 out of 12 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Comfortable seats,smooth ride,XM radio,AWD,excellent handling in inclement weather
- gas mileage could be better,Bluetooth not available
Leased this vehicle 2 months ago and am very happy.I only have 750 miles on it so far.Very comfortable and roomy.I test drove the Acura MDX,Buick Enclave,GMC Acadia,Mazda CX-9,and Toyota Highlander.I really liked the MDX but the vehicle requires premium and the lease was not in our family budget.The Tribeca is a deal.I got XM rasdio,backup sensors,and puddle lights.The dealership,Classic Subaru in Atlanta,GA,was very easy to deal with.I am looking forward to using the AWD in the North Carolina mountains next month.Only drawbacks are the gas mileage(17-18 mpg)in mixed city/highway driving,and no bluetooth connectivity.I bought a portable after market bluetooth car kit that works well.If you are considering a 7 passenger SUV then the Tribeca has to be on your list....read morehide
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- Super smooth transmission, 2nd row legroom with 3rd row is down, Ground clearance
- Interior materials, Nav functions, No 2-inch OEM hitch, Small fuel tank
I replaced my 2005 MDX with this 2008 Tribeca, hoping to give it to my son when he goes to college in 4 years. The original thought was I didn't want my son to be driving an upscale brand in college, and Subaru fits the bill. I test drove the Tribeca, liked it enough, and bought a 7-seater with Nav and hitch for $8k less than the new MDX with Tech package. I can't say how Tribeca compares to the new MDX since I only had one test dvive on that car, but I can honestly say that after owning the Tribeca for a month, I think the 2008 Tribeca is a superior car to my previous MDX.
I also own a 2003 Lexus ES300, and, for all its well-known smoothness, its transmission is not as smooth as the Tribeca's. That's saying a lot. I don't know what Subaru did with the rev-matching but for my daily drive the Tribeca transmission feels like a CVT! On the downshift you only see the techometer drops but never feel a thing. The engine note is louder than the Lexus, but it's a very pleasant hum and never annoying. The ride is very comforable, at least on par with my old MDX. 3rd rwo is not as small as many reviewers would like you to believe. At 6 feet, I can survive a 2-hour trip, more than useful for occasional use.
I bought the car without knowing that you could push the second row further back by holding the "secret" latch. When the 3rd row is down, you can eat into its legroom and push the 2nd row back by another few inches, making the 2nd row legroom feel like a limousine. What a pleasant surprise.
Now the looks. A lot of people say it looks like the Pacifica but what's wrong with that? I actually like the Pacifica's looks. I don't find the new Tribeca any uglier than my previous MDX, no complaints here. When it's unique when it was B9 it was said to be ugly. When it's not unique now it was said to be bland. I would much rather focus on the substance than the looks.
The fuel tank is really on the small side, but it is one of the negatives that I knew about before I made the purchase. Another issue is the Navigation. It would not allow you to list POI's without entering a name (or a part of it). On my MDX, I could say "Find nearest Chiense restaurants" but on the Tribeca it's not possible. I will have to show the POI's on the map and go by the icons. Very inconvenient. But again, I knew this before the purchase so it was all factored in. It does not allow you to enter destinations while driving, just like my old Lexus, but I heard there is a way to hack this, which I might do one of these days. I also read about installing a microphone and a switch to activate the voice command functions.
At this price point (Subaru's are heavily discounted due to its lack of brand glamour), I don't think you will find a better crossover SUV. I am 120% happy with my decision, so far....read morehide
9 out of 17 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- smooth ride, interior design, reliable
- 3rd seating only for chilren
the car drives well, the acceleration is super and the ride is smooth. the navigation could be updated. i get a mileage of 18 in city with the help of milaege meter on my gps screen which helps control my accleration and cruising speed better. i have 3 row seating, the 3rd row is cramped but works well for my preschoolers. dashbord style and comfort is excellent....read morehide
7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Got almost everything you every needed.
- Tailgate very noisy due to the struts design flaw
You will fall in love with this SUV once you seen it. The SUV is typically design for the North East where gets a lot of snow. The car runs a little hesitatingly during the take off moment, and you have to warm up the car or will cost you a gallon to pull out the drive way. The tailgate struts won't hole the door is the biggest design flaw and I didn't see the manufacturer propose any solution to the customers who have experienced exactly same type of problem. Just don't sign the contract before double check everything work properly
Overall, it's a nice SUV....read morehide
5 out of 13 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- SMOOTH RIDE, EXCELLENT AWD, SAFETY FEATURES, ATTRACTIVE EXTERIOER & INTERIOR
- NOISY REAR CARGO AREA, ROUGH SHIFTING AT TIMES, NO BLUETOOTH
MY WIFE AND I TEST DROVE 5-6 CROSSOVER SUVS AND THE SUBARU TRIBECA EDGED OUT THE NISSAN MURANO AS OUR NUMBER ONE CHOICE FOR HER. WE LIKED IT SO MUCH THAT WHEN MY LUXURY CAR LEASE WAS UP A MONTH BACK I WENT OUT AND GOT A 2008 TRIBECA LIMITED 7 PASSENGER FOR MYSELF. I WANTED A CROSSOVER SUV WITH THE SMOOTH DRIVING FEEL OF A CAR AND GOT IT. THE GAS MILEAGE IS NOT GREAT BUT NOT MANY CROSSOVER SUVS HAVE BETTER GAS MILEAGE. NO BLUE TOOTH BUT THAT'S OK. THE REAR CARGO AREA IS A BIT NOISY AT TIMES. THERE IS NOT A LOT OF CARGO ROOM BUT I GET A LITTLE MORE SPACE WITH THE REAR 7TH SEAT KEPT DOWN. OCCASIONALLY AT TAKE OFF FROM A COMPLETE STOP, DEPENDING UPON SPEED, I GET A LITTLE BIT OF A ROUGH SHIFT AS I AM ACCELERATING BUT IT IS VERY MINOR AND ONLY AT TAKE OFF. RIDES GREAT ON THE HIGHWAY! GREAT IN THE SNOW! REASONABLY PRICED. OVERALL, IT IS A COMFORTABLE, WELL HANDLING SUV WITH GREAT EXTERIOR LOOKS AND A ATTENTION GETTING, UNIQUE INTERIOR. TOUGH TO FIND A BETTER CAR IN IT'S CLASS! IF YOU'RE UNDECIDED, YOU BETTER TEST DRIVE ONE....read morehide
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- Great handling and performance. Great all-weather traction. Beautiful interior.
- Mediocre gas mileage, but other SUVs in its class are similar.
Pilot -- too clunky,
CX 9 -- too big,
Highlander -- too ugly,
XC 90 -- unusable 3rd row,
MDX -- too expensive,
Tribeca -- just right!
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