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2013 Subaru Tribeca Review

Test drivers were unimpressed with the 2013 Subaru Tribeca's confusing interior controls and large turning circle, and it has less cargo space and lower fuel economy than key rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Composed handling
  • Poor fuel economy for the class
  • Meager cargo space
  • Confusing center stack controls
  • Tricky to maneuver in tight spaces

Rankings & Research

The 2013 Subaru Tribeca's #20 ranking is based on its score within the 2013 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Subaru Tribeca has a score of 7.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 104 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 6.4
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 6.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 9.8
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2013 Subaru Tribeca Overview

The 2013 Tribeca has a six-cylinder engine that most auto writers said provides adequate power for most situations. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard. Unlike most SUVs in the class, all-wheel drive is standard on the Tribeca. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 16/21 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low compared to the estimates of other three-row rivals with all-wheel drive. Most test drivers wrote that the 2013 Tribeca has stable, controlled handling and minimal body lean in turns. Others added that it rides comfortably, however a couple of critics noted that it has a large turning circle, which may make it difficult to maneuver in tight spaces.

Some reviewers liked the 2013 Subaru Tribeca's curvaceous dash design and overall cabin appearance, though others noted that some dash panels are constructed from low-rent plastics. The Tribeca seats up to seven, and while some test drivers praised how easy it is to access the third row, others mentioned that the third row isn't all that hospitable. There is up to 74.4 cubic feet of cargo space, which is quite low for a three-row midsize SUV. Standard features on the Subaru Tribeca include a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, an auxiliary input, Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seats and heated front seats. A rearview camera, navigation and a rear-seat entertainment system are available. Some critics found that the control buttons for audio and navigation functions are confusing.

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Other SUVs to Consider

The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse offers significantly more cargo space than the Tribeca and reviewers praised the third row for its spaciousness. Reviewers noted that the Traverse is easy to maneuver in tight spaces despite its large size.

The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe gets better fuel economy than the Tribeca and it offers more overall cargo space. Test drivers said that the Santa Fe's cabin is quiet and built with high-quality materials.

Compare the Tribeca, Traverse and Santa Fe »

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