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#290 of 723 Too late
Sep 15, 2007 (5:56 pm)
Well you are late. I went and test drove the Subaru 2008 Tribeca this evening. Wow Wow it is pretty darn awesome. I was very impressed with how it drove. The interior is refined and polished. I think this is the car for me. The car drives so well that you forget about the gadgets. I don't have navi now so I doubt that I will miss it.
I think I will go for the Tribeca without the gadgets and just buy me a Garmin or something like that.
They had a Gray Diamond metalic with light gray interior that I loved.
Thanks for the photos. The Outback sounds nice but I really liked the Tribeca in person.
#291 of 723 Gas Mileage
Sep 15, 2007 (9:14 pm)
Why do these get such bad gas mileage compared to a Lexus RX 350?
#292 of 723 Re: Gas Mileage [avery1]
Sep 16, 2007 (8:24 am)
Quote: Why do these get such bad gas mileage compared to a Lexus RX 350?
So what's the Lexus RX 350 mpg (guess I'll have to check the web)?? Does the Lexus have full time AWD? My '98 OBW 5 speed consistently gets 23mpg overall at the speeds I travel. The OBW has gotten as high as 30mpg at speeds under 50mpg on the highway.
#293 of 723 2008 Lexus RX 350 mpg
Sep 16, 2007 (8:27 am)
2008 Lexus RX 350 | New Lexus SUVs — Yahoo! Autos
2008 Lexus RX 350 — Yahoo! Autos. Read reviews, view specifications ... V6, 270-horsepower engine that achieves 18-mpg in the city and 23-mpg on the highway ...
IIRC, the 2008 Tribeca is "certified" for 16-21mpg.
Remember, the Feds decreased the expected mileage for the 2008 model year. I'm certainly not going to quibble about a difference of 2mpg.
#294 of 723 Re: 2008 Lexus RX 350 mpg [toboggan]
Sep 16, 2007 (9:19 am)
The RX also comes in FWD. I believe the 18/23 is for the FWD
Just checked the Lexus site- AWD is 17/22
It doesn't say but I believe the RX requires premium gas - My IS 250 does.
#295 of 723 Re: Too late [mcq1]
Sep 16, 2007 (9:26 pm)
Glad you had a great test drive. You know it's right when you go with a vehicle that you fall in love with AND is reliable and practical. Tribeca does have a bit more substantial, high-end feel than Outback, which is more understated inside. Gray-on-gray would probably be my top choice, too. The Diamond Gray is one of Subaru's best colors, I think.
#296 of 723 Re: 2008 Lexus RX 350 mpg [css1]
Sep 16, 2007 (11:58 pm)
I have a '99 RX 300 AWD and I get 20-22 on the freeway and about 17 in town with a 3 speed and overdrive using 87 octane. In reading the RX350 postings they seem to be getting considerably better mileage still using 87.
#297 of 723 Re: Why Subaru Tribeca? [mcq1]
Sep 17, 2007 (8:19 am)
There is no 'best' car. There's really only the best car for YOU.
The Tribeca was the best car for ME. I chose the Tribeca because-
1. I loved the road feel and driving experience.
2. Has a better AWD system than the other crossovers
3. 8.5" of ground clearance (I go off road from time to time)
4. Luxury interior and feel at a reasonable price.
5. Just the right size. (for ME) I wanted a 5+2.
6. Great turning radius.
7. Safety. Safety. Safety. IIHS best pick. 5-stars front, side, rear. And great handling and stopping power.
9. Backup Camera!
10. Styling. I have the '07 and I love the 'unique' styling. Sure- I wish I had the '08 engine, but I'm not sure I would have gotten the '08 tribeca as the styling is too mundane.
That said- the vehicle isn't perfect. The radio/electronics could be better, for instance.
#298 of 723 Re: Why Subaru Tribeca? [mcq1]
Sep 17, 2007 (10:46 am)
I just want someone to tell me that the Tribeca is the best mid-size suv crossover out there
That's a loaded question!
I think it thrives in these areas: best AWD out there, interior styling, character, reliability, value (street prices).
It's only about average in these areas: fuel economy, towing, interior space, visibility.
Below average - can't think of any to be honest. I guess I wish it had paddle shifters on the steering wheel, a 6 speed, and a 300hp/450lb-ft diesel that got 30mpg for the same price, but no other SUV does all that so I must be dreaming!
#299 of 723 Re: 2008 Lexus RX 350 mpg [avery1]
Sep 17, 2007 (12:40 pm)
A 1999 RX 300 AWD has 220 horsepower/ 220 torque compared to Tribeca's 256 horsepower/247 torque. Tribeca delivers roughly the same fuel economy as your RX 300, and has over 10% more power. Of course, the Tribeca's also 8 years newer. Subarus often seem to take 15,000 miles or so to really "break in" in the engine, so it's possible some of these new owners will see increases in mileage over time.