Love it! Whether zipping around town or settling down for a road trip it is fun to drive. It has great response to the gas pedal and the steering wheel. Have been on a trip from Cincinnati to Lawton OK and another to Savannah GA and enjoyed the Tribeca on the road as much as in the city.
The sound system is awesome and the nav system is really nice to have on a trip to a new destination.
The only problem I have had is the low tire pressure indicator keeps flickering on and off.
I own a 2005 VW Touareg as well. Each vehicle has its own appeal. Comparing the two vehicles is like comparing Lexus to Mercedes. Lexus being the Subaru. Basically for the money you get everything you need and more. Each vehicle has its own technological features that sets each other apart. Bottom line, I am absolutely thrilled with my new Tribeca. Not only is it one of the nicest cars on the road, there is a sense of independence one feels when driving it around. They are not everywhere. I like it that way, it's my little secret.
Interior features, exterior styling. Absolutely engaging in person. It is a lot bigger than you think.
Bigger gas tank. If you cannot improve the 18 average MPG, at least put in a larger tank. I think it's a 15 gallon tank or something; you have to fill up every 240 miles or so. I hate stopping for gas as it is. The Touareg goes 440 miles between fueling; costs more with the bigger tank but it's worth it.
I have had my Tribeca for 7 months and the bloom is off the rose. I have to open the drivers door and put the seat back so I can reach the gas opener which is hid underneath the seat. This is a problem because I am at the gas station twice a week! The bells ring for the seat belt if you put a gallon of milk on the seat. The drive is becoming stiffer (didn't know that was possible). Had a piece of the dashboard fall off and I dare anyone to find the hood open latch without the manual! I had much better luck with an Outback. Good news is it's a lease so the end is in sight. Just doesn't have the Subaru reliability you look for.