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#280 of 723 Re: Why Subaru Tribeca? [morey000]
Sep 14, 2007 (12:51 pm)
This is from Edmunds. Let me know what you think about this final comment.
In contrast to the rugged, fun-to-drive character found in most Subarus, the Tribeca's personality is more subdued and maybe even a little disappointing. Handling limits are low due to the Tribeca's softly tuned suspension and ride-biased all-season tires, and the steering, although accurate, is slow to respond and low on feedback. For these reasons, Tribeca drivers will likely prefer to take corners at a modest pace. The upside, however, is that Subaru's SUV delivers a very smooth and quiet ride. And thanks to its new engine and revised five-speed automatic transmission, the 2008 Subaru Tribeca also provides sufficiently quick acceleration for a midsize crossover SUV.
#281 of 723 Re: Why Subaru Tribeca? [mcq1]
Sep 14, 2007 (1:09 pm)
Sounds like someone just crawled out of a WRX and then drove the Tribeca.
Drive a Highlander, then a Tribeca, and the latter will feel like that WRX.
#282 of 723 Re: Why Subaru Tribeca? [ateixeira]
Sep 14, 2007 (1:12 pm)
I agree. The Tribeca felt far more responsive to me.
#283 of 723 Re: Why Subaru Tribeca? [budrew]
Sep 14, 2007 (1:22 pm)
I drove it back to back with a Volvo XC90 and a Murano SL. It's a lot sportier than the Volvo and even a little sportier than the smaller Murano, which surprised me a bit.
#284 of 723 Re: Why Subaru Tribeca? [ateixeira]
Sep 14, 2007 (1:26 pm)
I just want someone to tell me that the Tribeca is the best mid-size suv crossover out there. I know it doesn't have the best gas mileage but I am not buying for that.
What else comes close?
#285 of 723 Re: Harvest Gold Metallic [rsholland]
Sep 14, 2007 (2:06 pm)
Speaking of the Outback in the garage, you should really consider purchasing a tandem-axle trailer for towing your Tribeca. Saves quite a bit of wear on the toad. Since you then do not need the Outback, you could sell it to me...
#286 of 723 Re: Why Subaru Tribeca? [mcq1]
Sep 14, 2007 (7:32 pm)
"What else comes close?"
It all depends what you want. Obviously, there's no one "best car" out there. Some cars are generally better than others, but everyone has their own individual criteria to meet, and every vehicle stands out in different areas. Need a big 3rd row? Go for a Pilot or Saturn Outlook. Wants lots of high-tech gadgets? Go for Infiniti, Lexus, Acura, or maybe Nissan Murano. Want good handling? Probably the Tribeca & CX-9 would be standouts. Want a low price? Perhaps the Santa Fe. Want good looks? Well, for me that'd be the XC90. Want good fuel economy? How 'bout a Highlander hybrid? Want the best all-wheel drive? Go for Tribeca, an Audi, or an MDX.
Personally, if you can stomach the looks & the price, I think the Acura MDX is a strong match to the Tribeca. (The huge emblem on the front of the MDX is a bit much for my tastes.)
Tribeca's strength is that is does well in many areas and offers good value for the quality of vehicle you're getting. Weaknesses are probably 3rd row space and lack of high-tech equipment. Subaru's long been a brand with high-tech underlying engineering without too much high-tech gadgetry to drive up the price, which appeals to me.
Choices, choices. List & rank your priorities and then see how your top choices fare under those criteria.
#287 of 723 Re: Why Subaru Tribeca? [jeffmc]
Sep 14, 2007 (8:04 pm)
Thanks so much. It makes sense. Make a list of your choices and go from there. I was thinking about the tribeca because of what you said high-tech engineering.
I live in the Gulf Coast so I was thinking about a vehicle that would handle all kinds of weather and a bit higher than let us say a car. I have driven an SUV for so long that I can not see myself in a car.
The Santa Fe appeals too me because you get so much for your money but on the other hand no rollover sensors.
I don't need a 3rd row seat--no kids. So then I am looking at price and good engineering.
Okay got to go do some test driving.
#288 of 723 Re: Why Subaru Tribeca? [mcq1]
Sep 15, 2007 (12:00 am)
"Okay got to go do some test driving."
Ahhhh, the fun part!
Just to throw another thing at you... if the price on the Tribeca is really deterring you, have you considered an Outback? A little smaller than Tribeca, mostly in the back seat area. You still get good ground clearance (better than many crossover SUVs... in fact, I think it's 1/10 of an inch more than Tribeca!!), good cargo space, great AWD system, and ride height taller than a car.
For a top-of-the-line Outback 3.0R LL Bean, you'd save about $2000 vs. a Tribeca 5-passenger Limited. Fitzmall's offering these for just under $28k. (Add about $2000 to either Tribeca or Outback to get factory Navigation system.) With Outback you'd also get a dual-pane moonroof (very nice... see the photo!) and SI Drive (controls your choice of 3 engine modes for varying degrees of sportiness or economy).
Outback's interior is also quite handsome:
#289 of 723 Tribeca impressions so far....
Sep 15, 2007 (11:17 am)
Gas mileage - lower than the Outback As soon as I can figure out how to use the computer to tell me the trip mileage I'll have a better idea. Since the motor and drive train are still getting broken in, the mileage looks to be about 15mpg overall. By 5,000 miles the mpg should be higher.
Driving impressions - It's not a sports car. But feels controlled on the roads around here. Soft enough but doesn't feel sloppy or that "it's going to roll over" feeling. Not pushing it yet as we haven't hit 500 miles yet. Had to do a quick pass the other day - 80mph came up really fast. The new motor has more "dig" than the old motor.
Inside the car - We got the 7 passenger model (the LTD for the roof rack, color & other goodies) which has the rear A/C control. The 3rd row seating is for children. The 2nd row, with the 3rd row in use, has legroom for more petite people. We also have the rear mesh netting and the "summer" floor mats. The car came with some nice heavy duty black rubber floor mats (there are hooks to hold the front mats in place). Also got the cargo cover. We'll "run" it most of the time configured as a 5 passenger. Also going to get the 5 passenger cargo tray to keep the back area clean. Monday there will be a bug/rock deflector installed on the leading edge of the hood. I've had these on 2 vehicles with good results. Oh yeah, also had the mud guards and factory tow kit installed when it was built.
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) is also included. This appears to be the problem with getting new wheels with winter tires installed since I'm in a snow belt (90+" a normal winter season). Going to research this a bit more
That's enough for now. I'll keep y'all informed on how things are going.