2014 Subaru Tribeca Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2014 Subaru Tribeca was new.


Interior: 6.7

The 2014 Subaru Tribeca earns praise for its unique, graceful dashboard design and modern, upscale look. However, critics note that while the cabin is pleasing to the eye, closer inspection reveals a fair amount of hard plastics throughout. The Tribeca is also criticized for its cramped third-row seating and meager cargo space behind the third row. 

  • "With an organic dashboard that flows elegantly from the edges of the doors down into the center, the Tribeca's interior has a fresh, contemporary apperance that belies the crossover's advanced age." -- Left Lane News
  • "Though it claims seating for seven, the Tribeca's third-row seat seems like an afterthought, crammed into the vehicle where it is difficult to access, without much legroom and basically eating up the entire cargo bay." -- AutoTrader
  • "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 (2013)
  • "Excellent fit and finish, appealing materials and an uncommon dash design are the hallmarks of the 2013 Subaru Tribeca interior." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)


The Tribeca seats seven and comes standard with leather upholstery and heated, power-adjustable front seats. According to test drivers, the front seats are spacious and supportive, but critics note that taller drivers may not be able to push the seat back as far as they might like. Some reviewers add that the Tribeca's lack of a telescoping steering wheel also restrains the ability to find a comfortable driving position. The second row has sufficient space, but most auto journalists mention that the third row has limited space and is best left for kids.

  • "There is plenty of room for adults in the front- and second-row seats, and the cabin is filled with nice amenities, such as rear-seat A/C and an available DVD entertainment system." -- AutoTrader
  • "Legroom is good in the middle row, but the 2-passenger third row is very tight for adults." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "However, those looking for a crossover that handles large amounts of passengers and cargo might be let down by a lack of space. There's technically room for seven passengers, but the third-row seats are best suited for small children." -- Left Lane News
  • "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 (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features on the 2014 Tribeca include a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth and a 10-speaker Harman Kardon stereo system with satellite radio. Navigation and a rear-seat entertainment system are optional.

Although most reviewers report that the Tribeca's climate and audio controls work well, critics note that some of the controls are oddly positioned and seem a bit outdated. Test drivers add that the fuel and temperature gauges can be difficult to read.

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  • "The Tribeca's cabin is most notable for its dash design, a wave pattern that visually delights but unfortunately places some radio and heating controls at odd angles from the driver. The controls themselves are easy to discern, but like the rest of the Tribeca they are feeling dated." -- 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 (2013)
  • "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 Tribeca has 8.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 37.6 behind the second row and up to 74.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row. The Tribeca's maximum cargo space is fairly low among three-row midsize SUVs. Test drivers note that while there is sufficient cargo space with the third row folded, there is only room for a few shopping bags when the third row is in use. Critics add that small-item storage in the cabin is adequate.

  • "Furthermore, with the third-row in place, there's just 8.3 cubic feet of cargo space - less than half of what most competitors offer." -- Left Lane News
  • "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 (2013)

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