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#684 of 723 900 miles
Jul 06, 2008 (10:30 pm)
For the long weekend, my family made their first long trip in the Tribeca, from the Twin Cities to Chicago. 926 miles in total. We were 4 adults plus my 5 year old daughter. At the end of the trip I just can say that for those long trips the Tribeca is better than the 06 Sienna (my other car). The most notorious notes were:
- 21.9 mpg on highway, mostly 65 mph
- 20.3 mpg total. showing how much the slow pace of the city affected fuel economy.
$192 in fuel. In the Twin Cities gas is $.50 cheaper than in Chicago!!!
- Great utility from the Nav and the DVD.
- The seats are just enough to withstand the 6.5 hours trip. Subaru definitely will have to work on it (preferably partnering with Volvo on that regard).
My biggest surprise came when I opened the 2 back seats (3rd row) for my daughter and an adult. She is at least 4 years away of having any concerns seating in the 3rd row, and the adult was ok for the not so short trips we took in the city. So now is when I started seeing the utility of the vehicle, what gives me some room to talk my wife in 1 or 2 years about changing the minivan for a sports car.
The other surprise came when I sat for 2 hours in the second row (3rd row folded). Space is more than enough for anyone this side of Shaquille.
#685 of 723 Re: Tribeca or CX7?? Help!! [ylz]
Jul 06, 2008 (10:39 pm)
If you lease a car, you can buy anything, but when you buy a car for 7+ years you get to think that after the 3rd or 4th year some costs came into account: depreciation and maintainance. So the $4,000 at the beginning maybe are not that much at the end. But the Tribeca is much nicer. From the forums, the CX7 fuel economy goes just a notch better than the Tribeca, so, all in all, I think the Subaru is a better decision.
But, if you like the fun part, plus the reliability, try the Forester XT. Don't buy the Mazda without trying it. For sure a better price/reliability/performance index.
#686 of 723 Re: Tribeca or CX7?? Help!! [ylz]
Jul 07, 2008 (10:11 am)
I like Mazdas (own a 93 Miata to this day), but the CX7 doesn't quite do it for me. It's small inside, and not really that quick, nor is it that fuel efficient.
The Tribeca is bigger and more comfy, so it's easier to justify, IMO. In fact the Tribeca competes probably more with the Mazda CX9.
If you like 'em small, what about a Forester XT? I think it's actually a tad bigger inside than the CX7, and both quicker and more fuel efficient.
We got an 09 Forester for the wife and she loves it. Not the turbo, though. From those 4 choices I think I'd go with the Forester if I wanted something small and didn't need the 3rd row.
#688 of 723 Re: Rear hatch rattle/knocking [css1]
Dec 28, 2008 (9:22 pm)
No kidding! Wife and I are looking to replace our 2001 legacy for something a bit larger - considered the Rclass till we visited the MB dealer. There were 10 MB sitting in the drop off bay on a sunday evening! Not to mention three flat bed tow trucks came and went during the 20 min we were there checking out a n Rclass.
The new diesel mb are cool engines but MB needs to deal with their reliability issues more than pumping their cars full of gimicky do-dads that apparently don't work very well.
We test drove an 08 Tribeca this past weekend - it wasn't on our list due to its mpg issues. After returning home 9hr drive doing 80-85mph in our old legacy with 150K on it - we decided the choice was pretty damn clear. In the process of shopping for a tribeca - which will replace the old legacy and our 3rd vehicle an Old land cruiser. So the Tribeca has big shoes to fill and will no doubt see abuse and use that goes beyond average use. It's a fair guess the Tribeca will be way - way better than the MB.
#689 of 723 Re: Rear hatch rattle/knocking [watkinst]
Dec 29, 2008 (10:10 am)
Plus remember, the new 3.6l runs on regular fuel. Many competitors require premium fuel.
#690 of 723 Re: Tribeca or CX7?? Help!! [ateixeira]
Dec 29, 2008 (11:21 am)
Juice, the Tribeca competes with the CX-9? Sorry, but I must disagree, from a interior space perspective, anyway. I thought tribeca was top on my list when I started looking for upgrade from my 05 Outback XTL, until my wife, son and I tried it and sat in it several times. I was told it was based on Outback platform, and whether it is or not, we all noticed how small inside, especially after having sat in several competitor models like the Veracruz, Highlander and CX-9. . 3rd row on Beca is completely useless because to make any space, the 2nd row becomes extremely tight. Now in Cda, you have to get the 3rd row if you want ltd version.
I like the beca's interior, exterior is okay, and I do like the fact that it is a Soob, but space is my priority, so now it is off my list altogether. Looking seriously at Highlander and Veracruz, the former likely being the winner. But coming back to original point, CX-9 is probably most spacious of all 4, but I just don't like the styling and it can get rather pricey once you add in some features.
#691 of 723 Re: Tribeca or CX7?? Help!! [luck11]
Dec 29, 2008 (11:36 am)
It's a bit smaller, sure, but I still think they're competitors - mid-size crossovers with 3 rows.
As for those 3rd rows, I look at them from a minivan perspective so I'd say both are still too small to be truly useful, so again, still in the same class. My Sienna has about triple the space of the beca's 3rd row, but about double the space in a CX9 as well. Here's a pic:
Head room is not really adult-sized, plus there's just no room for my size 10 shoes. The foot well is not deep enough either, so even if the 2nd row slides way forward you still end up with your knees in your chest.
It's better than the 'beca but still for children only, and even then you have to ask the 2nd row folks to slide forward a few inches at least.
I did test drive a CX9 before I bought the Sienna, but to be honest all of the big crossovers make major sacrifices in the 3rd row, especially foot and leg room.
#692 of 723 Re: Color of my 2008 Tribeca [css1]
Feb 04, 2009 (5:59 pm)
Charlie...I have the same problem with my new 08 Tribeca. Dealer still hasn't been able to locate the rattle from the rear hatch area ...I'm bringing it back for a third time...it's frustrating cause I really like the way the car rides and handles. I can't believe Subaru has not fixed this yet. Alot of people seem to have the same problem!! Before I bought this car I research it with Consumer and they gave it high ratings. Have heard of any fix to this problem yet?
#693 of 723 Unswitched 12V Outlets in a 2008 Tribeca?
Mar 25, 2009 (4:28 am)