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2008 Subaru Tribeca Consumer Reviews

4.8
Average based on 20 reviews
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Symmetrical is the reason

by from on July 21, 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...
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 has no match from the other auto makers unless you want spend $60,000 plus for luxury models like land rover etc.. Yeah, it's not perfect, but it's perfect for the common man like me in tough winter's and you'll get the most bang for your buck 10 plus years down the road.
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Good but could be better

by from Maryland on November 17, 2010

Pros: Great acceleration at the start (lots of torque) Comfortable and smooth ride Good Fit and finish inside Lots of Cargo Space One of the safest Crossover SUV's Systematic AWD Cons: Gas mileage co...
Pros: Great acceleration at the start (lots of torque) Comfortable and smooth ride Good Fit and finish inside Lots of Cargo Space One of the safest Crossover SUV's Systematic AWD Cons: Gas mileage could be better
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My wife's car

by from Spokane WA on May 9, 2011

I bought my wife an 08' Tribeca in June of 09' from our local dealership with just under 15,000 on it. 2 years and 54,000 miles later we are still going strong. My wife uses this car for work and has ...
I bought my wife an 08' Tribeca in June of 09' from our local dealership with just under 15,000 on it. 2 years and 54,000 miles later we are still going strong. My wife uses this car for work and has seen ALL kinds of weather and roads in this thing.(Gravel, dirt, goat paths,...) Living in the Northwest just under the Canadian border isn't easy with the snow and ice but, the All Wheel Drive is head and shoulders above the other "so called" AWD. My biggest issue with is the mileage we get. Averaging 16 mpg in town and 21 on the highway? No. The sport shifter could be a little more responsive, but for a 4300 lbs. car we shouldn't be drag racing too much I guess. All in all I would say that if you were buying a cross over to look at the other options first and save the best for last.
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This is No. 5

by from Anchorage on September 30, 2010

We have enjoyed 4 previous Subaru, 3 models, since 1989. The Tribeca is a wonderful upgrade w/ "BIG car" features w/o the bulk or cost. Can go from Anchorage to Fairbanks on a tank of gas, even in win...
We have enjoyed 4 previous Subaru, 3 models, since 1989. The Tribeca is a wonderful upgrade w/ "BIG car" features w/o the bulk or cost. Can go from Anchorage to Fairbanks on a tank of gas, even in winter!
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Great car

by from Montana on March 28, 2009

I have 4 children. So I use this car during the day shuttling. The third row seating is a bit misleading. You would have to be four years old to fit comfortably. Otherwise it's an amazing car and so f...
I have 4 children. So I use this car during the day shuttling. The third row seating is a bit misleading. You would have to be four years old to fit comfortably. Otherwise it's an amazing car and so fun to drive.
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New to Subaru; love my Tribeca!

by from Long Beach, CA on December 1, 2007

We'll see how I feel about it in a few years, but I suspect this car will make me a lifelong Subie fan. Gas mileage is mediocre (avg 14.9 MPG city), but no SUV in this category, save hybrids, are get...
We'll see how I feel about it in a few years, but I suspect this car will make me a lifelong Subie fan. Gas mileage is mediocre (avg 14.9 MPG city), but no SUV in this category, save hybrids, are getting stellar mileage. It's a sacrifice I was willing to make though for the added space & safety of the Tribeca. Some of the things I like: Ride is comfortable. Cabin is roomy and "lush" with smooth leather seating, nice trim on doors and dash. Moonroof is large and without the same level of wind noise that I had on last car. We'll see how that turns out once I have the bike rack installed. 5 passenger Tribeca has twice the cargo space of the 7 seater. GPS navigation. Heated seats. Puddle lights. Some things I don't like: No place for loose change. No ash tray for small trash items like gum wrappers. The foot "rest" next to the brake pedal is small! I have a large foot (10), it is much too small for me. Pedal position of the brake and gas are too close together. I'm 5'8", but no telescoping steering wheel, which would be a problem for someone 6' or taller. No Bluetooth! No power tailgate. I'm interested to see where this car will go over the next few years. Meanwhile, I'm loving my car a lot. The quality of Subaru really shines through in a way that was not present on the Mazda CX9 or the new Toyota Highlander, etc. or any of the other mid-priced SUV crossovers. I am very glad I went with the Subaru!
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Subaru Quality Again

by from Toronto, Canada on April 15, 2008

Have had two Legacy Wagons in the past 16 years, but the Tribeca is a major jump up in useability and style. It is without a doubt the best vehicle I've owned and expect that it will give years of sat...
Have had two Legacy Wagons in the past 16 years, but the Tribeca is a major jump up in useability and style. It is without a doubt the best vehicle I've owned and expect that it will give years of satisfaction. It is a smooth ride and the added power is very responsive. The cargo space in the 5 seater is large and all the extras you'd buy with the competitors is already in place.
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Smooth, quiet, roomy AWD with class

by from Minnesota on July 26, 2007

The revised look was what I wanted, more engine was a bonus. Power is adequate, not excessive, but so incredibly smooth and quiet. New tranny also really smooth. Ride is better than expected, tires OK...
The revised look was what I wanted, more engine was a bonus. Power is adequate, not excessive, but so incredibly smooth and quiet. New tranny also really smooth. Ride is better than expected, tires OK at best. Handling is responsive for its size, not twitchy, but not a Legacy.. Inside, style is unique and functional. Plenty of leg room, but would like a telescopic steering column. Seats are rather firm. Love the controls. Overall very pleased. AWD & Boxer combo works well. Right about 20 mpg average so far. I rate it a 8.5 out of 10.
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Best value for money

by from Philadelphia, PA on June 19, 2009

I am driving a 2008 Tribecca Limited with 7 seats for 6 months.I bought a Subaru dealer vehicle with 8K miles. I was considering a Highlander also. But Tribecca came with a lot of options for the same...
I am driving a 2008 Tribecca Limited with 7 seats for 6 months.I bought a Subaru dealer vehicle with 8K miles. I was considering a Highlander also. But Tribecca came with a lot of options for the same money.The boxer engine is very smooth and gives the same performance on uphill roads.The RPM stays the same.It runs on regular gas and gives around 23 miles per gallon on highways. For city I get around 17 miles.It has 7 cd mp3 player and a garage opener. Heated leather seats are very comfortable in winter and this Subaru runs very good on snow roads.The 3rd row is good for kids.I am very happy with the purchase and thank Subaru for making a big family vehicle.
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my first suburu

by from upstate, ny on July 12, 2009

i purchased an '08 trib. used...so far pleased with almost everything. i agree, wish the mpg was better. it handles great and i like the features. haven't driven it in the snow and ice yet, but hoping...
i purchased an '08 trib. used...so far pleased with almost everything. i agree, wish the mpg was better. it handles great and i like the features. haven't driven it in the snow and ice yet, but hoping for the best. i get alot of compliments on the looks of the car.
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