2012 Subaru Tribeca vs. Its Competition

2012 Subaru Tribeca 4-door 3.6R Limited Angular Front Exterior View
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

The 2012 Subaru Tribeca competes with a number of mid-size crossover utility vehicles, most of which include third-row seating in some form.

The Toyota Highlander comes with an available third-row seat and is offered in four-cylinder, V-6, and Hybrid versions; the issue with the Toyota is that its interior appointments are rather dull and it lacks driving personality.

And if you want eight seats in a more traditional package, the Honda Pilot is one of the best ways to go.

The Nissan Murano is only a five-passenger vehicle, but we like the luxury feel of its nicely appointed interior.

The Ford Edge has been revamped over the past year, and it rides and handles well, like the Tribeca; the Edge's tech features, including MyFord Touch, are also well ahead of those in the Subaru.

2012 Subaru Tribeca 4-door 3.6R Limited Angular Front Exterior View2012 Subaru Tribeca
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2012 Ford Edge2012 Ford Edge
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2012 Honda Pilot 2WD 4-door EX-L Angular Front Exterior View2012 Honda Pilot
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2012 Nissan Murano2012 Nissan Murano
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2012 Toyota Highlander FWD 4-door V6 (SE) Angular Front Exterior View2012 Toyota Highlander
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8.0
The 2012 Subaru Tribeca has excellent all-weather handling and top-notch safety, though it's fallen behind the curve in features and interior appointments.
8.2
The 2012 Ford Edge rises to the top of the five-seat crossover niche with forward-thinking technology and a gas-saving EcoBoost option.
7.6
Don't let the macho-boxy look intimidate you; the Honda Pilot makes a lot of sense for large families—especially with improved mileage and a most tasteful front-end design for 2012.
7.8
It's stylish and refined, but the 2012 Nissan Murano isn't the most space-efficient crossover.
7.8
The 2012 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid to roomy, three-row family crossover wagons what the Camry is to mid-size sedans: comfortable, safe, and full-featured—but more than a little bland.
MSRP From    
$30,595$27,770$28,620$29,960$28,240
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas Flat 6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I4
EPA Class    
Sport Utility VehicleFWD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
4-Door 3.6R Premium4-Door SE FWD2WD 4-Door LX2WD 4-Door SFWD 4-Door I4 (Natl)
Drivetrain    
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
75857
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door Sport UtilitySport Utility4 Door Sport UtilitySport Utility4 Door
Transmission    
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODContinuously Variable RatioAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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