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2010 Subaru Tribeca - Consumer Reviews

2010 Subaru Tribeca

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By Mike
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2010 Subaru Tribeca 3.6R Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)


Review

After 8000 km this car is definitely fun at the wheel. With the one of a kind symmetrical AWD this car is firmly planted on the road and while driving I always feel in full control of the vehicle. With a low center of gravity due to the lower placement of the Boxer engine this car does not sway while turning. With two small children safety is a top priority and with the 5 star crash test and safety ratings we could not ask for more. The stylish interior is a sight to behold and with smooth lines it is also very easy to wipe clean. Visibility is great front and back and the over-sized side mirrors are a bonus. Seats are comfortable and firm and on long rides the body stays rested. Great car


Best Features

The symmetrical AWD distinguishes this car from all others and was the main draw. The low to the ground boxer engine keeps you in full control of the drive.The interior stands out in its class. The crash and safety ratings are a top draw. Plenty of standard features at a reasonable cost.


Worst Features

Better gas mileage is a must. A wider body for more width in seating would be nice. The steel body tends to dent easily and this is a concern. The exterior styling could be a little less bland and more daring. Telescopic steering would help to avoid arm cramps in longer drives.


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Gotta love a Subaru
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By GoGators
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2010 Subaru Tribeca 3.6R Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)


Review

This is my fourth Subaru so I'm sold on the versatility, reliability, and safety. This Tribeca is great on performance, appearance, and comfort. It ranks number 1 in safety for its class but lacks in the fuel economy. That is probably because this vehicle is heavy and uses the all-wheel drive all the time. The third row seat is nice for children 8 and under but not realistic for adults. However with the third row seat down there is plenty of storage room. My biggest complaints are not having the electronic fold-in mirrors for tight spaces like the garage and better fuel economy. Current at 9,889 miles and no issues.


Best Features

Great Performance in acceleration and climbing, perfect in winter conditions, and easy to use driver controls, very comfortable on long trips


Worst Features

Better Gas Mileage, Electronic Fold-In Mirrors, and Removable 2nd and 3rd Row Seats.


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2000 miles of joy
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Alex K.
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2010 Subaru Tribeca 3.6R Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)


Review

I was looking for 7-seat SUV as well as for luxury, safety and reliability. First I tested Audi Q7, then Acura MDX, Lexus. Then looked at Volvo XC90 and BMW X5. Not decided. Then I went to the dealership for my Forester's regular service and tested Tribeca. I felt just as comfortable in it as in the previous cars. Price was much less so it was done deal. Some complain about fuel economy of Tribeca. But guys, this is not your old little Subaru! This is almost a truck! After about 1200 miles I started getting about 16 mpg in Brooklyn and more than 21 mpg on highway. Just as promised. In line with other vehicles in the class. Also it speeds up really well in sport shift mode.


Best Features

Superb drive. Adequate power. 7 seats - 5 comfortable + 2 ok. Low maintenance costs and reliability (from experience with Forester). Symmetric, permanent AWD that I think is better than Acura's SH-AWD, Audi's Quattro and BMW's xDrive where systems take time to transfer the power. High safety ratings


Worst Features

When I have two car seats in the second row - normal person fits well between them, but obese won't feel so comfortable. Looking at the dimensions data, the other vehicles I tested are a bit wider. Perhaps it can be made wider too. Anyway, I give it all 10's as it completely satisfies my family need


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Safety and 7 passengers at a value price
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Nick
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2010 Subaru Tribeca 3.6R Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)


Review

We purchased a Tribeca because it's the smallest and cheapest seven passenger vehicle with a perfect safety rating from both the federal government and IIHS. It's easy to drive and handles well on city streets, freeways, and winding mountain roads. Engine power and acceleration are more than adequate, although it's certainly no sports car. We've never taken it off road but the ride quality is good on rough pavement. The interior is comfortable on long trips. Climate controls are easy to use. The second row seat is wide enough to actually hold three people in reasonable comfort. Overall I am very happy with the Tribeca. There's nothing else which gives you so many features at the same price.


Best Features

Easy to move and lower the second and third row seats. Rear backup camera works very well. Plenty of 12 VDC power outlets. Turning radius is good for a vehicle that size.


Worst Features

Third-row seat side airbags. Better fuel economy (maybe a diesel engine). 120 VAC power outlet. Telescoping steering wheel. Automatic headlights. Heads-up display for speedometer. Bluetooth integrated into car stereo (currently separate). Removable headrests for easier child seat installation.


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1000 km Review
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Michael S.
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2010 Subaru Tribeca 3.6R Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)


Review

My family have been loyal Volvo owners for the last 12 years. Given Volvo's current lack of a value proposition we decided to expand our horizons before purchasing a car this year. My checkpoints for our decision were a. needed to be real AWD; b. must accommodate 2 6 ft+ boys comfortably in the back seats; and c. it need to fit our budget. Point A eliminated a bunch of vehicles very quickly. Point B narrowed the list down even further. After looking at Mercedes, Audi, Volvo, VW, Toyota and Nissan's offerings we went off to look at Subaru's offerings on a friends recommendation. We took a 60 minute test drive of the car and came back thrilled with the drive, the space and the value.


Best Features

The car drive's superbly and has great road feel. Torque is excellent and acceleration is crisp and responsive. The finish is good, but a bit too plasticky. The real kicker is that it cost $15,000 less any "comparable" SUV on the market. The car is as safe as any other SUV out there.


Worst Features

First thing you need to get over is that the car sounds like a sewing machine when standing outside. After that, all is good. The interior is a B-, C at best. There is just too much plastic. If you don't get the nav system, the screen is basically useless and the bluetooth system is poor.


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