We have the 2009 limited with 3rd row seat for about 2 years now and have put over about 20k on it. Though some don't care much about the exterior.... In my book it is a solid contender. The handling is a bit more sporty and the suspension is gonna be on the stiffer side but boy... This crossover/SUV handles. More like your European counterpart than your other Japanese brands. It is very reliabille and dependeble. It sits just right as far as the heights and ride much like a car. It feels solid and SAFE on the road especially with our little ones in the back. The e subaru legendary symmetry all wheel drive puts 40/60 split so you get that rear wheel drive feel. It handles all fairly well in all types of weather. The only "con" that I have is the MPG and the fuel tank is slightly smaller for a size of this beast. I get around avg 18mpg combine and about 200-220 per tank only. Otherwise.. You will enjoy this SUV for years to come.
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Roomy and reliable car. It is comfortable and the options such as the pre-set seat settings are nice
Subaru Tribeca is MY Favorite Vehicle
2009 Subaru TribecaBeverly - Reno, NV11/03/2014
Heavy enough for towing but good gas mileage. We just went 2800 miles pulling UHaul 5x7 and got about 18.5 mph even across the Rockies.
Pretty, sleek and functional. Paid less than Blue Book, love the price and the extended CarMax Warranty.
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