2009 Subaru Tribeca Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

The 2009 Subaru Tribeca is the largest Subaru available. Its seating for up to seven is acceptable for most with some exceptions: a tight third row and outward visibility problems.

While the exterior of the Tribeca gets some work, Subaru leaves the interior alone. The cockpit wraps its arms around the front passengers and bathes them in soft blinking lights. Like an airplane, it can be a tight fit for some.

The 2009 Subaru Tribeca excels in five-passenger trim but loses its competitive edge when you add the third row.

In front, it's a nice affair. Kelley Blue Book applauds "the wide front seating, which also features adjustable lumbar support for both the driver and passenger." They also praise the "Excellent fit and finish," saying the "appealing materials and an uncommon dash design are the hallmarks" of 2009 Subaru Tribeca. Some drivers, however, may find the lack of a telescoping steering wheel a problem, as noted by the reviewer at Cars.com: "it only tilts...my arms grew sore from stretching to reach the wheel."

As a mid-size crossover, the 2009 Subaru Tribeca is not as large as other SUVs with three-row accommodations. As a result, the third row is cramped for all but small kids, and while the second row moves fore and aft 8 inches, it, too, becomes cramped when making room for the third row. Edmunds complains that the second row "although fine for kids, lacks the legroom and hip room that larger, taller adults need." The second-row seats do recline and are split 60/40. In five-passenger editions, the second-row seat slides to and fro 8 inches, giving limolike legroom. Big grab handles make third-row access, on three-row Tribecas, a lot easier for kids, too.

Problems with visibility crop up in some reviews. Cars.com notes, "Over-shoulder visibility is decent, but the Tribeca's large A-pillars can hide pedestrians and even cars when they're on the right-hand side."

Finally, MotherProof finds "plenty of functional storage in the Tribeca," including many cup holders and storage bins.

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