2008 Subaru Tribeca User Reviews
- $12,991 - $14,860
- 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
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- 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
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- Stability at any speed, confort, ride
I had 4Runner, Jeep and VW Touareg and this SUV is better by far.
The sensation of control when you are driving (dry, wet or snow) is excellent, good brakes, engine with enough power.
I have a very decent gas consumption even if I drive most of the time in traffic.
Good exterior looking, interior is nice, confortable and roomy with good standard gadgets.
Very reliable!...read morehide
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- 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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- 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
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- 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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- 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 TAKE OFF POWER - VERY STABLE AT HIGH SPEEDS
- PERFORMANCE AT CONTINUOUS HIGH SPEED STILL UNTESTED
FOR ANYBODY WHO LOVES THE THRILL OF A POWERFUL SPORTS SEDAN IN A SUV SIZED CAR. THE OFFROAD PERFORMANCE ESPECIALLY IN DESERT SAND IS EXCELLENT.
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