2009 Subaru Tribeca Consumer Review: Not a MiniVan

2009 Subaru Tribeca - Consumer Review

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Limited 5-Passenger 4dr SUV (3.6L 6-cyl. AWD 5-speed Automatic)

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Not a MiniVan
By steveni1234 on


2009 Subaru Tribeca Limited 5-Pass 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)


After test driving CUVs from Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Toyota and Ford, the Subaru was a very pleasant surprise. The engine is very drivable around town and the ride experience is as luxurious as the premium brands. The Tribeca feels more like a car as opposed to the minivan roots of the Toyota Venza and the Ford Edge. Interior room for five is exceptional and rear storage area is huge. Build quality approaches the luxury brands. If you are in the market for a vehicle in this class, test drive them carefully. My experience did not match up with the reviews on this site. It was almost as if the experts were driving different cars!!!

Best Features

Great engine. Taut and responsive handling. Car-like driving position seated lower and further away from the windshield similar to GLK and Q5. The Venza, Journey and Edge handle like a minivan; the driving position is high and forward.

Worst Features

Auto Headlights. Integrated Bluetooth. Lose the nav screen on the video screen unless you're using the nav function. Towing over 1000 lbs. requires trailer brakes. Most small boats and campers in this size category don't have brakes and Subaru does not offer a brake controller.
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