2013 Subaru Tribeca Review
Test drivers say the 2013 Subaru Tribeca offers decent performance, but it trails competitors that offer better fuel economy or more cargo and passenger space.
The Tribeca has a six-cylinder engine that auto writers say provides adequate power for most drivers and situations. Reviewers also say that the 2013 Tribeca has decent handling and a composed ride that feels smooth over rough roads. However, few are “wowed” by the Tribeca. At 16/21 mpg city/highway, its fuel economy is poor by class standards, and some say that its steering and brakes, while adequate at turning and stopping the vehicle, need improvement. The Tribeca also stands out with above-average safety scores for the class.
The 2013 Subaru Tribeca’s cabin also gets mixed reviews. Test drivers like the design of the interior, but note that some of the materials used feel cheap and hard. Many also say that the 2013 Tribeca offers little space for second- and third-row passengers compared to many rivals. It also trails competitors in available cargo space. Available in only one trim level, the Tribeca is fairly well-equipped, with standard features like a Harman Kardon stereo, Bluetooth and dual-zone climate control. However, some reviewers gripe that Subaru doesn’t offer a proper infotainment system to Tribeca buyers, which an increasing number of competitors do offer.
- "Subaru's crossover SUV is pleasant to drive and includes many standard features. It's not an especially quiet vehicle, though, and its interior design and materials may disappoint shoppers. Comparably equipped, many of Tribeca's rivals are roomier, quieter, more refined, more fuel efficient, and similarly priced." -- Consumer Guide
- "Although there is nothing the Tribeca does poorly, there is not much that it does particularly well." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)
- "First-time Subaru buyers will find the Tribeca's good fuel economy, confident handling, strong resale and proven reliability very inviting." -- Kelley Blue Book (2012)
- "There really isn't anything wrong with this midsize crossover, but it never quite cuts through the clutter of competitors. The … Subaru Tribeca excels at very little, which is tough when competing against other family crossovers that are newer, more spacious, better to drive and boast more features." -- Edmunds (2012)
Other SUVs to Consider
The Mazda CX-9 is a good choice if you’re looking for a three-row crossover with great handling. Reviewers say the CX-9 is one of the most engaging vehicles in its class. With all-wheel drive, the CX-9 gets comparable fuel economy to the Tribeca, but front-wheel drive versions are somewhat more fuel-efficient.
If you’re looking for a family-friendly hauler, consider the Chevrolet Traverse. It seats up to eight and offers among the most cargo space in the class. Reviewers give its second and third row more praise than they do those in the Tribeca. The Traverse also gets better fuel economy than the Tribeca.
Details: 2013 Subaru Tribeca
The seven-seat 2013 Subaru Tribeca is available in one trim: Limited. It has a 3.6-liter flat six-cylinder engine and five-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard. Besides the addition of a brake override system, the Tribeca carries over into 2013 mainly unchanged. It was introduced in 2006 and because it doesn’t receive any major changes for the 2013 model year, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2007 to 2013 model years.