2009 Subaru Tribeca Limited

I was happy to see the Tribeca in our fleet, as we've suffered an unusually cold and snowy winter so far and an all-wheel-drive crossover is perfect for those conditions. It often takes several days for the snow to be plowed from my street, during which time it can be a struggle to make it up the snow-covered incline that leads out of my neighborhood. Happily, the Tribeca covered the terrain with no muss and no fuss. If it weren't for the fact that the seat heaters were turned on, I might not have even noticed it was winter outside.

Like Marc and Joe, I'm perplexed as to why Subaru felt the need for the extremely small and cramped third row. For buyers who really need a 7-passenger vehicle, the Tribeca's rear seat is unacceptably small and hard to access, especially compared with vehicles such as the CX-9 that Marc wrote about. The Tribeca makes more sense as a five-passenger vehicle (although perhaps the company feels that it already has that segment covered with the Forester). Maybe Subaru should take a cue from Cadillac, which ditched the third row with the new SRX, and do likewise.

Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor

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