I ABSOLUTELY love this car. This was the only car I was looking for as my next Subaru. My Outback had reached its end of life (very sad- I actually cried). We also have twins and I needed something with the 3rd row seat. We found that the Tribeca has the power, the space and all of the features we need as an active sports-orientated family. We spend a lot of time skiing, and this car handles the snow like second-nature. I feel safe, my family feels safe and we are extremely happy with our purchase!
2008 Subaru TribecaA - Chicago08/12/2011
I had hoped my 10 yr old Lexus SUV would last a few years longer and that I could avoid trying to figure out what to buy next but the Lexus started having too many issues and I was forced into looking for a replacement. I researched for a 4WD SUV that would handle snow better than my Lexus yet have at least some of the luxuries. Nothing too big and I wanted a similar look without the pricetag. The more I read about the Tribeca, the better it sounded. I paid to have the car transferred to my local CarMax just from online info and pictures. I am very happy with it overall. I think it was a great value. I've gotten unsolicited compliments on it's appearance. The interior is spacious and attractive. I got the seat warmers I wanted. Sound system is good. The dash is user friendly and has a great techie look to it. Mileage could be better (about 20 MPG). The sensors for reverse are a bit annoying in that they're a bit random as you start backing up. Overall however, I got a lot of car for my money. Waiting to see how it handles snow.
This is my first Subaru and overall I'm very happy with it! So I will only address the few concerns I think Subaru should tweek! 1st unbeknownst to me Subaru's are known not to have really good Navigation systems, So my question is: If you're going to charge a considerably large amount for this option and it has "known" issues, Why not FIX IT? If I was aware of this prior to shopping for my "perfect" tribeca, the process would have been alot quicker & cheaper! My advice to the future subaru owner: If you want a GPS, buy a portable one. Which are allot cheaper, and allot more accurate than my navigation unit! My 2nd and last concern is the leg room in the 3rd row is basically a JOKE! Unless you're a 3 ft. child, your legs will not FIT in the 3rd row. Plus, moving the 2nd row seats up is a trick in itself. So, even though I think it was a nice option ... it wasn't well designed. Thankfully, it's just me and my husband so we just keep the 3rd row layed down and use the extra cargo space. My advice: if you're going to need the 3rd row daily; buy a van. I hope this was helpful to the future shopper... These were things I would have liked to known about prior. That being said.. I would still buy a Tribeca, just a 5 seater, and no Nav. system.
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