We looked at number of cars to replace my wife's '94 Chevy Lumina Van. We needed occasional 7-passenger capability, all-wheel drive, and something that would be reliable for a long trip once in a while. Some of the other vehicles we looked at were Chrysler Pacifica (too bulky, and grandfatherly), Chevy Equinox (too small, no third row), Nissan Murano (ditto the Equinox), GMC Acadia (too big, bad fuel economy, too pricy). Then we found the '06 Tribeca with low mileage and in near mint condition. Perfect! Firm but comfortable seats, top notch fit and finish (build quality), tons of features. Our base model is equipped with everything you could get in the Limited model except leather (we prefer cloth anyway), navigation (a Nuvi is about 90 bucks at Wal-Mart), and memory for the power seats. This is one great-handling SUV that drives more like a sports car. Very little lean on fast curves, very sure-footed and forgiving, lots of zip. I've seen a few reviews where people complained about the transmission "hunting" too much. Two things are at play here, a very touchy accelerator pedal (I got used to this in about 20 miles and things smoothed out a lot) and a 5-speed transmission. More gears = more shifts. The transmission also has a manual shift mode, so if you don't like it picking the gears for you, pick 'em yourself! We've had previous experience with a couple of Subarus in the family and they were incredibly well-built, safe, and reliable. One actually saved my life a few years ago, just like the current TV ad. If this car is as good as the previous Subarus we've had it'll be a real winner.
This is my sec subaru and there are reliable cars in any weather. I have no complaints at all.
I bought a 2006 Subaru B9 Tribecca in 2007. This was my first Subaru, after years of good experiences with Toyota vehicles. In 2012, I still have it, after driving it for 120,000 miles, after purchasing it with 27,000 miles. I have had ZERO repairs. I have bought one set of tires that have lasted an astonishing 73,000 miles. The mileage rating is quite pessimistic. I personally tend to drive maybe 5 over the speed limit, and I get 23.1 miles per gallon. It has far more power than my cousin's Jeep Grand Cherokee, rides 10 times better, and hugs the corners like my wife's Acura TSX. The third row seat allows us to have guest only our yearly trek to Destin, FL. Since it still runs like the day I bought it, I hope to have it many more years. My Toyotas were great, but this car has made me a Subaru fanatic!