Sucks gas, eats headlight bulbs and the doors won't unlock
By tommymight on
2009 Subaru Tribeca 5-Pass 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)
I had my 2009 Tribeca Limited for 2 1/2 years and I just traded it on a new non-Subaru vehicle. More negatives than positives for me.
Issue #1 is the fuel economy. I got 15 mpg around town in good weather and 12-13 mpg in winter. The car is great in snow, especially with Hakapelitta snow tires. On the highway, it was a miracle to get 21 mpg. The fuel tank is small - 16 gallons and I was filling it up constantly. Navigation system was weak, a $300 Garmin blew it away. This car EATS headlight and brake bulbs. I installed headlight bulbs 3 times in 2 1/2 years and brake bulbs twice.
Dealer parts department told me they sold a ton of bulbs. The remote key unlock took 4 clicks to open all doors
Convenient interior electronic controls
Easy entry and egress
Rear seat fold down adds a lot of rear space
Seats fold down easy
Handles great in snow
Plenty of head room even for taller drivers
Bigger gas tank with better mileage
Improve remote key unlocking
Boring ride - engine is sluggish
Navigation system is more for show than go
Bulb situation is annoying. Headlight bulbs should last longer than 6 months especially when using the dealer factory bulbs properly installed with vinyl gloves to prevent finger oil from reducing bulb life. They are a pain to install and the dealer parts department acknowledged that the sell a lot of headlight and brake bulbs.