The Tribeca, Subaru’s first midsize sport-utility, is a relatively recent addition to the crossover SUV segment. Bigger and taller than the company’s other utility vehicles, it’s meant to be a viable alternative to established Japanese crossover competitors as well as other more upscale sport-utilities.
The Subaru Tribeca (originally known as the B9 Tribeca) succeeds in that regard. However, there’s not much to push the Tribeca beyond that “alternative” status. Though premium in look and feel, the vehicle’s interior is a little cramped when compared to some competitors. Earlier models also suffered from mediocre acceleration.
Overall, the Tribeca’s faults are significant enough that we think most shoppers will be happier with other top crossover SUVs. Only if you’re a dedicated Subaru fan looking for something out of the mainstream will it be worth adding to your consideration list.