The Tribeca is a nice crossover but I couldn't help thinking about the Mazda CX-9 as I drove the Subaru. Sure, the Tribeca goes down the road decently enough and the 3.6-liter flat-6 makes pretty good power, but the Subaru isn't as sharp to drive or as well screwed together as our now departed Four Seasons CX-9. I heard a surprising amount of squeaks and rattles coming from the cargo area of the Subaru. Add in the more usable 3rd row seat in the Mazda and it seems to be the better choice.
Marc Noordeloos, Road Test Editor