2008 Subaru Tribeca

2008 Subaru Tribeca Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Subaru Tribeca was new.

The Tribeca delivers plenty of power and responsive handling, but in a highly competitive segment, it can easily get lost in the crowd and ranks near the middle of its class and the bottom half of the affordable crossover SUV class.




Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 7.2
Safety: 9.8
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Pros & Cons

  • New powerful engine
  • All-wheel drive is standard
  • Attractive and functional interior
  • Good ride and handling
  • Poor rear visibility
  • Overall interior space suffers with optional third-row seat

2008 Subaru Tribeca Overview

While auto reviewers praise the 2008 Subaru Tribeca's powerful, responsive ride and its excellent performance in crash tests, some wonder if it offers enough to distinguish itself from the competition. Redesigned for 2008, the Tribeca loses the 2007 model's "B9" moniker and adopts more conservative exterior styling cues, yet retains its ability to seat either five passengers in two rows or seven passengers with an optional third row. "The result is a much better machine that nonetheless might not be the pick o' the litter because the litter's growing so fast with such well-done vehicles," says USA Today.

The Tribeca is available in five- or seven-passenger configurations, and in base or Limited trim levels.

  • "So it's good in a field of good crossovers. Which leaves us where? In a big, big field." -- AutoWeek
  • "I have to say that the '08 Tribeca is a very attractive vehicle, especially for anyone with kids and carpooling responsibilities. If you're looking to downsize from a big, gas-guzzling sport-utility vehicle to something smaller and more fuel-efficient, it's a winner." -- BusinessWeek
  • "As an alternative, the Land Rover LR2 costs about the same, and gives you off-road capabilities and Bluetooth cell phone integration. We recently reviewed the Mitsubishi Outlander, which costs substantially less, has more cabin tech, and gets better mileage." -- CNET

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