Best Bet
  • (4.8) 29 reviews
  • MSRP: $5,155$15,003
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 18
  • Engine: 256-hp, 3.6-liter H-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 5-7
2008 Subaru Tribeca

Our Take on the 2008 Subaru Tribeca

Our Take

Critics of Subaru's polarizing three-point grille can celebrate. After just two years on the market, the controversial element has been pulled from the 2008 Tribeca — no longer the B9 Tribeca — SUV and Impreza compact car, the two models it primarily affected (or afflicted, depen... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Non-telescoping steering wheel
  • Narrow side mirrors
  • Side curtain airbags don't cover optional third row
  • Center dash vents can't be closed
  • Seat memory doesn't remember side-mirror position

Notable Features

  • Overhauled appearance for 2008
  • More powerful, 256-hp flat-six engine
  • Standard AWD
  • Standard stability system
  • Optional remote start

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning: It's cold out, and I had to put on socks for the first time in four months - a huge bummer because I painted my toenails Vixen Red last night and now I can't enjoy them. On top of that, my morning newspaper was mysteriously missing, mucking up my usual routine of attempting to catch up on current events. I do this so I can pretend t... Read full review for the 2008 Subaru Tribeca

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Consumer Reviews

4.8

Average based on 29 reviews

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Symmetrical is the reason

by Chicago winter survivor from on July 20, 2009

I live in Chicago where the weather changes on a dime and winter is the time between the people with or without AWD . This is my first Subaru (2009 Tribeca) and loving it so far, it's symmeterical AWD... Read Full Review

4 Trim Levels Available

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Safety

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Subaru Tribeca Base 5-Passenger

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Subaru Tribeca Base 5-Passenger

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
G
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

Recalls

There are currently 9 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

36mo/36,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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