2013 Subaru Tribeca vs. Its Competition

2013 Subaru Tribeca
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2013 Subaru Tribeca remains one of the more compact mid-size crossovers, yet like most other mid-sizers it offers a third-row seat.

Among rivals in this class, the Tribeca has by far the most dated design.

The Toyota Highlander is by no means exciting, but its third row is optional and it's offered in a wide range of models including four-cylinder and Hybrid variants.

The Honda Pilot makes the most of its interior space, as the boxy interior suggests, and it's more of a traditional SUV package while offering surprisingly responsive handling and maneuverability—plus it offers up to eight seats.

The Ford Edge and Nissan Murano are alternatives that only offer two rows of seating; the Edge has recently been refreshed and has more of a luxury feel inside—along with advanced MyFord Touch connectivity; meanwhile the Murano has a nicely appointed interior and is perhaps closest in presentation to the Tribeca, attempting to reach upward in the market with a more sophisticated, urban look and feel.

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Good all-weather handling and strong safety ratings are reasons for families to keep the 2013 Subaru Tribeca on the list of contenders; but a dated design and low gas mileage could prove hard to overlook.
The 2013 Ford Edge cuts through the crossover clutter with a 30-mpg turbo model, MyFord Touch's step-ahead connectivity, and exceptional interior room.
The 2013 Honda Pilot looks tough and truck-like from the outside, yet inside it's one of the better family haulers.
The 2013 Nissan Murano trades away some utility and space-efficiency in the name of style and refinement.
No matter which facet or dimension you measure--except excitement--the 2013 Toyota Highlander offers competent performance, great space, and good value.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Gas Flat 6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I4
EPA Class    
Sport Utility VehicleFWD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleAWD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
4-Door 3.6R Limited4-Door SE FWD2WD 4-Door LXAWD 4-Door SFWD 4-Door I4 (GS)
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Sport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
AutomaticAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomaticContinuously Variable RatioAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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