If you are looking for the qualities of a large truck without feeling like you need a special license to drive, then look into the 2007 Subaru Tribeca. With symmetrical all wheel drive balancing power to all four wheels you always feel in control of your vehicle even under the most treacherous conditions.
The body lines are attractive but the grill leaves you wishing for something a bit sleeker. Roof racks complement and complete the trucks appearance along with the optional premium wheels that are proportionally sized for the vehicle.
The interior is sporty looking with a touch of class. The adjustable, heated front seats are very comfortable offering plenty of leg room. The dashboard-sleek with easily accessible features houses visible and brightly lit gauges. The sound system is exceptional with a multiplayer CD, satellite radio, and an aux input for an iPod. The digital climate control functions are straightforward and a cinch to use. Look for a model with a sliding sunroof which heightens the driving experience.
The cockpit’s main feature is the in-dash navigation system, while engaging is not on par with portable GPS models. The in dash system lacks flow and is tricky to operate. However the backup camera which is viewed through the same screen is a great feature that should be mandatory in all vehicles. It makes parking a breeze and has prevented many an accident.
The middle row is adequate but the seats are a bit stiff making you feel like your sliding. Three people can easily share the space and mounting car seats is relatively easy. The biggest complaint is the rear seat DVD system lacks manual controls meaning if your remote control gets lost or breaks, be prepared to shell out 64.00 dollars for a replacement.
The third row is convenient but offers very little leg room. Although you can push the middle row forward to open the space, generally small children are the most comfortable in the third row. In all we have squeezed as many as 8 people, albeit slightly uncomfortable into the truck. Trunk space is satisfactory especially when the third row is stowed away. The seats are a 60/40 split and they fold flush with the trunk floor. Emergency tools are neatly tucked beneath a panel of the trunk floor. The spare tire mounts underside the trunk and lowers via a manually operated cable system.
The braking is substantial and the truck has plenty of acceleration when needed but it’s not efficient on gas averaging about 18 miles to the gallon. The Tribeca has a very comfortable and quiet ride but produces a slight interior wind noise at about 70 mph and beyond.
Other than routine maintenance I replaced the tires once at about 50,000 miles and the windshield wipers a couple of times. The front bushings wore out and were replaced under an after market warranty. I’m at about 56,000 miles and have not regretted my purchase. The truck feels as solid as when it was new and I don’t anticipate many mechanical problems.
Expect to pay between 20,000 to 25,000 dollars from a private seller and upwards of 25,000-26,000 from a car dealer. This is my third Subaru and I look forward to driving this one for many more miles.