The Subaru Tribeca is a good SUV. Many other vehicles in the midsize SUV class surpass it in terms of cargo space, fuel economy and passenger space.
The Subaru Tribeca seats seven people. The front seats are roomy and supportive, the second row has ample space. The third row is a tight squeeze for adults, but that's common for a 3-row SUV. The cabin has a nice look overall, but its material quality is lower than other SUVs in the class. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. Noteworthy available features include navigation and a rear-seat entertainment system. The audio and climate controls work well. The Tribeca's maximum cargo capacity of 74.4 cubic feet is small for a 3-row sport utility vehicle.
The Tribeca features a 256-horsepower six-cylinder engine, a five-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Engine power is acceptable, but the automatic transmission lags at times. The Tribeca's ride is comfortable and there's little body roll around corners. This Subaru SUV has a wide turning radius, making it difficult to manoeuvre in tight spaces. The Tribeca earns a fuel economy rating of 16 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. This is on par with other SUVs that feature six-cylinder engines and all-wheel drive, but it’s low for the class as a whole.