Compare 2009 Subaru Tribeca vs 2008 Toyota Highlander

2009 Subaru Tribeca
2008 Toyota Highlander
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4-Door 5-Pass
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Tribeca 4-Door 5-Pass 16 21 $28,336 $29,995
Tribeca 4-Door 5-Pass Ltd 16 21 $30,727 $32,595
Tribeca 4-Door 5-Pass Ltd w/Nav 16 21 $32,937 $34,995
Tribeca 4-Door 5-Pass Special Edition 16 21 $29,539 $31,295
Tribeca 4-Door 7-Pass 16 21 $29,081 $30,995
Tribeca 4-Door 7-Pass Ltd 16 21 $31,483 $33,595
Tribeca 4-Door 7-Pass Ltd w/DVD/Nav 16 21 $35,352 $37,795
Tribeca 4-Door 7-Pass Ltd w/Nav 16 21 $33,690 $35,995
Tribeca 4-Door 7-Pass Special Edition 16 21 $29,644 $31,595
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4WD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Highlander 4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $25,765 $28,950
Highlander 4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $30,571 $34,350
Highlander 4WD 4-Door Sport 17 23 $28,124 $31,600
Highlander FWD 4-Door Base 18 24 $24,475 $27,500
Highlander FWD 4-Door Limited 18 24 $29,281 $32,900
Highlander FWD 4-Door Sport 18 24 $26,833 $30,150
Highlander Hybrid 4WD 4-Door 27 25 $30,780 $34,200
Highlander Hybrid 4WD 4-Door Limited w/3rd Row 27 25 $36,202 $40,450
Pricing
Invoice Price
$28,336
$25,765
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,995
$28,950
Monthly Payment Estimate
$500 / month
$483 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Subaru Tribeca has a different personality than other mid-size crossovers, and it’s worth consideration for those who haven’t found the right look and feel. The 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers the same room and amenities that the nonhybrid Highlander does, only with better fuel economy and the badge of honor that comes with driving something that's trying to be green.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
21 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.5 59.5
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 43.2
Front Hip Room (in)
54.0 56.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
104.2 145.7
Second Leg Room (in)
34.3 38.3
Front Head Room (in)
38.9 40.6
Second Hip Room (in)
54.6 56.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.1 59.7
Passenger Capacity
5 7
Second Head Room (in)
38.2 40.1
Third Hip Room (in)
- 42.3
Third Head Room (in)
- 36.3
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- 55.0
Third Leg Room (in)
- 29.9
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
66.4 68.1
Liftover Height (in)
29.2 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.1 64.0
Wheelbase (in)
108.2 109.8
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
32 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.9 75.2
Track Width, Front (in)
62.2 64.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.4 8.1
Length, Overall (in)
191.5 188.4
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
44 - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
44.4 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
37.6 42.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
NA - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
32.9 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
67.9 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
74.4 95.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
8.3 10.3
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
43.3 - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.4 x 0.71 12.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 x 1.2 12.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.9 19.2
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.4 3.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
40 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.0 17.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 38.7
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact P245/65R17
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/55HR18 P245/65R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/55HR18 P245/65R17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 2000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4140 4178
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA 17 x 7.5
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.8 9.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
490 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
MFI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
247 @ 4400 249 @ 4700
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.6L/221.5 3.5L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
256 @ 6000 270 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas 6-cyl Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
18 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
21 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 17
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.54 4.24
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.47 1.52
Trans Type
5 5
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.83 0.76
Trans Description Cont. Again
w/Sportshift NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.37 3.38
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.26 2.36
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.58 3.48
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.05
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- - TBD -
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- - TBD -
Summary
Vehicle Name
Subaru Tribeca Toyota Highlander
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Upper A-Arm Sport-tuned
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Type Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
.55 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Lower L-Arm Sport-tuned
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
.98 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Double Wishbone Independent
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 -

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