2010 Subaru Tribeca Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2010 Subaru Tribeca was new.


Interior: 7.2

Most reviewers said that the 2010 Subaru Tribeca’s cabin is attractive and stylish, although a few commented on some low-quality materials. Three-row, seven-person seating is standard for 2010.

  • “The expressive dashboard is formed from materials that look nice enough, but too many are hard plastic and lack the richness of those found in top competitors." -- Consumer Guide


The 2010 Tribeca now comes standard with a third row, which was previously only available as an option. The third row is cramped for anyone but small children and seriously cuts down on cargo space when in use, according to critics.

  • "Adding the third row significantly cuts down on rear leg and cargo room, and only kids will feel somewhat comfortable here." -- Car Gurus
  • "If you need room for seven adults, the Tribeca's child-sized third-row seat falls short." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "You can access the third-row seat from both sides of the vehicle. Previously, you could only fold down the right-side second-row seat to access the way-back. It's still really tight in the back, but at least now you can get out of it a bit more quickly after your cramped ride back there." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The 2nd-row seat splits 60/40 and slides fore and aft up to 8 inches for adequate to ample legroom. Three adults won't be squeezed, but headroom is just OK for six-footers. The 3rd-row 50/50 bench is sized for two kids, has virtually no legroom if the 2nd-row seats are fully aft, and is difficult to access." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

Reviewers said the 2010 Tribeca is well-equipped and comes with easy-to-use controls. Standard features for the base model include heated side mirrors, power driver’s and passenger’s seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls and an auxiliary audio input jack. One reviewer commented that she expected more high-tech features on a crossover in the Tribeca's price range. Upgrading to the Limited trim allows for features like a power moonroof, navigation and rear DVD entertainment system.

  • "Main gauges are large and legible, but flanking fuel and temp dials are harder to see. Audio and climate controls are mostly easy to use and none are absorbed by the optional navigation system -- a plus. The buttons can be confusing, and the display screen can wash out in some lighting conditions. Navigation controls are intuitive but may be a long reach for some." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The control buttons have been simplified to the point of near non-existence. But once you identify the function of each button, the system becomes fairly intuitive." -- The Detroit News
  • “Fit and finish inside the test Tribeca was excellent.” -- MSN
  • "With its leather interior, stylish accents and a more-than-$37,000 price tag, I expected to find automatic headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers and a more adjustable driver's seat. Am I being too harsh?" -- Mother Proof


With all three rows of seats in use, the Tribeca provides just 8.3 cubic feet of storage space. With the third row folded down, space expands to 37.6 cubic feet, and with both the second and third rows folded down, maximum cargo space is 74.4 cubic feet. This is more than many of the other vehicles in the class.

The Tribeca has an abundance of interior storage space. Highlights are cup holders in the door storage pockets, cargo-area underfloor storage, a storage compartment with net in the cargo-area side panel and dual cargo-area grocery hooks.

  • “Space behind the 2nd row is ample, but only a few grocery bags fit behind raised 3rd-row seats, which fold flush into the floor. Cabin storage is OK, but less generous than it appears. Note that in one test Tribeca, the floor storage lids fit poorly and were prone to rattling once underway." -- Consumer Guide
  • "With both second- and third-row seats up, cargo capacity is a mere 8.3 cubic feet, enough for a few grocery bags and not much else." -- Car Gurus
  • "There are handy cupholders sculpted into the vehicle's sides for occupants of the third-row seats." -- BusinessWeek
  • "Folding all the rear seats results in 74 cubic feet of cargo space, which is below average for the midsize crossover segment." -- Edmunds

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