9 reviews
2009 Subaru Tribeca
2009 Subaru Tribeca
Available Price Range $8,205-$16,109 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 18 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2009 Subaru Tribeca

Our Take

The Tribeca comes with standard all-wheel drive. It can seat five in standard configuration or seven with an optional third row. It competes with other midsize SUV/crossover models such as the Ford Edge, Hyundai Santa Fe and Toyota Highlander. It's the only three-row SUV/crossover in Subaru&... 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

  • 256-hp flat-six engine
  • Standard AWD
  • Standard stability system
  • Optional remote start


Our Expert Reviews

With its 2008 redesign, I had hope for the 2009 Subaru Tribeca. On the outside, it's a fairly vanilla-looking crossover, but the interior is another story, with its funky center stack. On paper, I thought it'd be a fun car to drive, and I was excited to check it out. In reality, the Tribeca is a lot to handle. It tried to be innovative and clever in an attempt to make me like it, but ... Read full review for the 2009 Subaru Tribeca

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Consumer Reviews


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Well built, nimble footed yet practical-Tribeca

by Subie Fan from Pleasanton, CA on October 13, 2009

We liked Tribeca from outside when we saw it first. Although the lines and form don't make it stand out in the crowd, it is an improvement over the original exterior styling of B9 Tribeca. A slightly ... Read Full Review


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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 4 recalls for this car.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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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