2013 Subaru Tribeca Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Subaru Tribeca was new.


Interior: 6.8

Reviewers say that the 2013 Subaru Tribeca has a welcoming interior with good fit and finish, although one critic says that some of the plastics are hard to the touch. Still, many are pleased with the overall design of the cabin. They note that its front seats are comfortable and supportive, but the rear seats, especially the third row, are very cramped. Some even say the second row isn’t all that spacious. Interior controls get mixed reviews, with some expressing disappointment that Subaru doesn’t offer a proper infotainment system in the Tribeca.

  • "Excellent fit and finish, appealing materials and an uncommon dash design are the hallmarks of the 2013 Subaru Tribeca interior." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The expressive dashboard is formed from materials that look nice, but too many are hard plastic and lack the richness of those found in top competitors." -- Consumer Guide
  • "This is a stylish interior, far from the generic space that you might expect." -- Edmunds (2012)


The 2013 Tribeca comes standard with three rows of leather seats, and can carry up to seven people. The front seats are power-adjustable and heated. The second row splits 40/20/40 and slides and reclines. The third row is split 60/40 and folds flat. Reviewers say the front seats offer plenty of support and comfort, although one notes that the front seats may not move rearward enough for taller drivers. Reviewers also say the back seats are lacking in space. One calls the third row “an afterthought.”

  • "Comfortable, supportive seats provide adult-size room, but long-legged drivers may want more rearward seat travel. A telescopic steering wheel would help too, but Tribeca doesn't offer one. Tribeca's ride height requires a moderate step-up to enter the interior, but contributes to a take-charge driving stance." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The second-row seats have easy-to-use adjusters that slide the seats forward for easier third-row access." -- Cars.com
  • "Convenient tilt-and-slide second-row seats combine flexible comfort with easy third-row access." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The second-row seats aren't exactly spacious, but they do incorporate the ability to slide fore-and-aft so you can increase rear-seat legroom or cargo capacity depending on your priorities. The third-row seat is clearly an afterthought in this package, and it's really meant only for occasional use (just like third-row seats everywhere, really). The third row is particularly hard to get to, though." -- Edmunds (2012)

Interior Features

Since it is available in just one trim level, the Tribeca is well-equipped. It comes standard with dual-zone climate control, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon stereo with satellite radio, Bluetooth and an auxiliary input jack. A backup camera, navigation and a power sunroof are optional.

Some reviewers are disappointed that the Tribeca doesn’t offer a modern infotainment system like many of its rivals do. Reviewers say that the primary gauges are easy to read, though the secondary ones are less-so. They also say that operating the navigation system can be confusing, but like that audio and climate controls aren’t absorbed into the navigation system, and are thus easy to use.

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  • "Those looking for the latest in audio and infotainment systems will find the Tribeca woefully inadequate." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The main gauges are large and legible, but the fuel and temp dials aren't as easy to read. Audio and climate controls are mostly easy to use and none are absorbed by the optional navigation system, which is nice. The buttons can be confusing though, and the display screen can wash out in some lighting conditions." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Is there anything positive to say? Well, yes: the interior ergonomics are excellent; temperature, fan settings, radio dials, etc., all are easy to operate." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)


The 2013 Tribeca can carry up to 74.4 cubic feet of cargo with the second and third rows folded, which lags behind other three-row crossovers. Behind the second row there are 37.6 cubic feet of available cargo space, and 8.3 cubic feet behind the third row. Reviewers aren’t overly impressed with any of the Tribeca’s cargo-carrying capacities. Similarly, they report that cabin storage is merely mediocre.

  • "Space behind the 2nd row is ample, but only a few grocery bags will fit behind raised 3rd-row seats. Only the 3rd row folds flat, but at least it folds flush into the floor. Cabin storage is OK, but not generous." -- Consumer Guide

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