Subaru dropped the “B9” part of the Tribeca name, and the vehicle soldiers on as the Subaru Tribeca, rather than the Subaru B9 Tribeca. Also gone is the garish, almost obscene grille that damaged the eyes of millions across the globe. Strangely, Subaru looked to the Chrysler Pacifica, a failed SUV if ever there was one, when redesigning the grille. Now, instead of an automotive atrocity, the Subaru Tribeca looks like a slightly smaller Pacifica. Folks, if you’re going to copy a design, copy a good one, really.
The 2008 Tribeca starts a hair under $30,000, and comes with AWD standard as is the Subaru norm. Your choice of 2 or 3 rows of seats, though the third row will of course cost you extra. No matter which trim level you get, the interior looks the same – futuristic, swoopy, and almost cool. Instead it comes off as too cozy and distracting looking. I’ll give Subie credit for trying though – too many manufacturer’s are afraid to create a distinctive interior.
Overall I don’t like the Tribeca. It’s less offensive than before, but it doesn’t look good. The interior is goofy, the curb weight is too high, and the gas mileage is poor. The choice to style it after a failed Chrysler product is completely baffling to me, and it makes me wonder who’s getting paid to make calls like those. Subaru should stick to cars like the Impreza and Impreza WRX – ugly cars that rock.
2008 Subaru Tribeca Specs
- 256 HP 3.6 liter flat-6
- 5 speed automatic transmission
- 4 wheel ABS standard
- EPA Says : 18 mpg city / 23 mpg highway
- Curb Weight : 4129 lbs
2008 Subaru Tribeca Reviews
Cars.com reviews the 2008 Subaru Tribeca and writes – ‘The optional leather seats are firm but were comfortable for the duration of the long drive. What made for some discomfort, though, was the lack of a telescoping steering column; it only tilts. I’m 6-foot-1, and I usually find myself adjusting the driver seat far backward to achieve a comfortable distance from the pedals. Once in position, I had to extend my arms farther than I’d like to reach the steering wheel, which made for a sore upper back after a few hours on the road.’
The Detroit News reviews the 2008 Subaru Tribeca and writes – ‘Be that as it may, let’s indulge the marketing folks with the notion that the Tribeca will carry stacks of artists’ canvases as easily as it does the cast of a Broadway play. With a front end bearing a Subaru star framed by a set of chromed wings, the Tribeca somewhat resembles a modernistic street rod. The new front end is designed to solve styling complaints focused on the oddly trapezoidal grille. The visage of the original suggested more the face of a koala bear than a raptor.’
TTAC reviews the 2008 Subaru Tribeca and writes – ‘Getting the “old” Tribeca to move out of its own way was like asking an iceberg to dance. Given the previous engine’s impolite appetite for premium fuel, there wasn’t much Subaru could do to rectify the Tribeca’s sloth. So they didn’t do much. They modified the existing H6 engine package to run on regular, added variable valve timing to the exhaust valves and fitted a shortened conrod. Voila! The Tribeca’s powerplant grows from 3.0-liters to 3.6-liters, increasing power by 11 horses (to 256hp) and adding 32 ft-lbs. of torque (up to 247 ft.-lbs.).’