In its third year of production, the 2008 Subaru Tribeca has come a long way from the original 2006 B9 Tribeca. With styling changes equivalent to allowing Ty Pennington to makeover your home, the 2008 Tribeca (noticeably missing the B9 moniker) has responded to the public’s initial and unkind complaints about styling.
Performance-wise, the 5-speed automatic transmission with SPORTSHIFT is matched to the new 3.6L Boxer engine (up from the previous 3.0L), running off of regular fuel unlike its predecessor that used premium. The 3.6L DOHC engine produces 256 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and 247 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm. But, if you don’t really care what’s under the hood, the Subaru Tribeca includes luxuries like a touch-screen navigation, heated seats, a moonroof, an auxiliary input for an MP3 player, and XM Satellite radio. You also have two seating configuration options: 5-passenger or 7-passenger.
Even with all of the amenities and styling improvements, the 2008 Tribeca is still competitively priced, with the base starting at $34,995 and, if well-equipped (like our tester), a modest $36,758.
To see how much legroom the back passengers have or how many suitcases you can take on your next cross-country road trip, watch our 2008 Subaru Tribeca Car Review Video:
You can also watch the 2008 Subaru Tribeca Video on YouTube.
3 Years/36,000 Miles Subaru Roadside Assistance
3 Years/36,000 Miles Basic
5 Years/60,000 Miles Powertrain
5 Years/Unlimited Mileage Rust Perforation
Government Safety Ratings (from 1 to 5 stars, 5 stars being the highest):
Front Crash: *****
Side Crash: *****