This is my first Subaru. I did my homework before making up my mind and choosing the Tribeca. My decision to buy a Tribeca may not seem surprising until you realize that the last 4 cars I have owned were a 1999 Jaguar XK8, a 2000 BMW 540si, a 2001 BMW M5 and a 2002 Infiniti Q45. I mention this so you understand that I know what quality automobiles are. I am not saying that a Tribeca is the equal of those cars but in comparing it to the likes of BMW X5, Lexus 330, Volvo, MDX etc, there are none that come close to the Tribeca and all cost thousands of dollars more.
Styling, handling, build quality, fit and finish, interior design. Last but not least is the puddle lights; they are a must have.
At highway speed there is too much power assist on the steering making it feel light with not enough feedback. It needs tilt down mirrors and parking sensors to ease parking.