2008 Subaru Tribeca Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2008 Subaru Tribeca - Road Test Specs

2008 Subaru Tribeca SUV

(3.6L 6-cyl. AWD 5-speed Automatic)


Model year2008
Base MSRP$37,795
As-tested MSRP$38,440


Drive typeAll-wheel drive
Engine typeHorizontally opposed six-cylinder
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3599cc (220 cu-in)
Valvetraindouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10.5
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)256 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)247 @ 4,400
Transmission type5-speed automatic


Suspension, frontStruts with stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearDouble wishbone with stabilizer bar
Steering typePower-assisted rack-and-pinion
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelEagle
Tire typeall season
Tire size, front255/55R18
Tire size, rear255/55R18
Wheel size18 X 8.0
Wheel materialalloy
Brakes, frontFour-wheel disc brakes
Brakes, rearventilated disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5
0-60 mph (sec.)7.8
0-75 mph (sec.)12.1
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.1 @ 86.1
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)127
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)62.2
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.78
Sound level @ idle (dB)41
@ Full throttle (dB)63
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)73

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsNew engine still doesn't feel as strong as we'd like although its rev-matching downshifts are a nice touch. The Tribeca's transmission won't hold 2nd gear to redline -- it upshifts to 3rd. The Tribeca's quickest runs came in Drive rather than in Manual mode.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsThe Tribeca's brake pedal has lots of long, squishy travel but is still very effective at stopping the car. There was no noticeable fade over five full-ABS stops.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsThe Tribeca has less body roll than many vehicles in the segment. Its heavy steering effort makes driving quickly a bit of an effort, however. It's stable through transitions and resorts to understeer at the limit. Around the skid pad, the stability control makes itself known through individual brake application, which very obviously sends the Tribeca in the driver's chosen direction without heavily compromising speed like many similar systems.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)420
Temperature (°F)65.4
Wind (mph, direction)3

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)16 City/ 21 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)16.5
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16.9

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4294
Length (in.)191.5
Width (in.)73.9
Height (in.)66.4
Wheelbase (in.)108.2
Track, front (in.)62.2
Track, rear (in.)62.1
Turning circle (ft.)35.4
Legroom, front (in.)42.3
Legroom, rear (in.)34.3
Legroom, 3rd row (in.)30.9
Headroom, front (in.)38.9
Headroom, rear (in.)38.2
Headroom, 3rd row (in.)36.2
Shoulder room, front (in.)58.1
Shoulder room, rear (in.)57.5
Shoulder room, 3rd row (in.)51.3
Seating capacity7
Cargo volume (cu-ft)37.6 with third row folded and second row up
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)74.4 with all rear seats down


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/unlimited mileage
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot covered


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsStandard
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsABS, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionN/A
Tire-pressure monitoring systemtire pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemN/A
NHTSA crash test, driver5 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear5 stars
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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