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Used Car: 2010 Subaru Tribeca Review

Review Last Updated: 1/2/13

While auto reviewers praised the 2010 Subaru Tribeca's powerful engine, responsive ride and well-equipped cabin, some wondered if it offers enough to distinguish itself from the competition. It’s not a bad SUV, but many other options in this competitive class are better.

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Test drivers said that the 2010 Subaru Tribeca’s strengths are its standard seating for seven and all-wheel drive. The Tribeca also gets good safety scores, and reviewers said it’s fairly pleasant to drive on-road. Other than that, it’s a merely average and easily forgettable choice in a competitive segment full of more well-rounded vehicles. The Tribeca’s reliability score is low for the class, its acceleration is mediocre and a few writers wanted more interior space. In general, you’ll likely be better off with another crossover.

The 2010 Subaru Tribeca comes with a 3.6-liter horizontally-opposed six-cylinder engine and an automatic transmission. Its fuel economy is below-average for a three-row crossover but it does come standard with all-wheel drive. The base Premium trim include features like an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, tilt-adjustable steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, three-zone climate control and leather-trimmed shift knob. Higher trim levels add features like a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, Bluetooth phone connectivity and leather upholstery.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2010 Toyota Highlander is a better option than the Subaru Tribeca in most ways. Its electronics are easy to use and it has a much better reliability rating. Even when equipped with all-wheel drive and an available six-cylinder engine, the Highlander returns better fuel economy than the Tribeca, and you can get even better gas mileage from the Highlander by buying a four-cylinder or hybrid model.

You should also consider the 2010 Chevrolet Traverse, which offers comparable levels of safety and better reliability. The Traverse is one of the best three-row crossovers in its class, with one of the most spacious third rows and a comfortable ride. Its fuel economy is better than the Tribeca’s as well, and reviewers liked its interior much better, saying it’s quiet and well-equipped.

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