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My wife and I just had a baby so we needed something with more room than our two door VW. The Tribeca has proven to be a great fit for us. Over all the Tribeca is a very comfortable and nice handling SUV. The dash is nicely appointed and everything is placed logically. The 3.6 engine has plenty of power and the handling is tight. The only two downsides would have to be that the third row seating is very small and I can't see us ever using it, and the gas mileage is not very good. The pros far out-way the cons for us, and I hope that this vehicle will last us for years to come as we have had wonderful experiences with other Subaru's in the past.
The transmission in this car is awful! Either Subaru didn't match the transmission to the engine when they increased the horsepower in 2008, or it 's just a poor job of quality control. The transmission is slow to downshift causing a noticeable stutter, or vibration before it shifts. You can overcome this by either letting off the gas so that the rpm's drop allowing it to shift, or speeding up so that the transmission downshifts to provide more pickup, and higher rpm's. If you are driving in traffic, you do not have the ability to slow down or speed up when you need to; you have to live with the vibration. I have tried driving in "sport" mode, and using the "manual shift" option, but neither correct the problem. Do not buy a Tribeca!
If you need 3 row utility but a minivan/Traverse/Explorer/Durango is too big, and you want some refinement but a sport/luxury sedan is not practical enough, the Tribeca is a great hybrid. There is a ton of room with the 3rd row folded, wide 2nd row for 3 with tons of legroom, and in a pinch or for smaller kids the 3rd row works fine, although it reduces 2nd row legroom. Nice crossover size and driving height. Great Harmon Kardon sound system option. Our primary family car is a minivan and this could not replace that. But for a second car it works, is a lot more fun to drive, and of course the AWD is terrific.