2009 Subaru Tribeca Limited

I had a brief fling with the Tribeca last night, much to my good fortune, because it snowed two inches overnight and was still snowing when I pulled out of my country lane of a driveway. The rearview camera was a welcome feature in this highback ute. So was the incredible traction of its unique symmetrical all-wheel-drive system and 18-inch mud and snows. I blasted out of the drive and hot-footed down the snow-blown north-south road, with nary a wiggle. Freeway snow removal was only partial, but the Tribeca had no problems negotiating the bad lanes. This is when all-wheel drive is a beautiful thing. Figuring out your fuel economy is when it is not.

But fuel economy and price, as Phil Floraday notes, are not Tribeca selling points, and there is a LOT of competition in this class. I could live without the optional Convenience Group 1's "puddle lights" and rear dome/reading light for a $314 savings. I'd also skip the $60 all-weather mats and go with Weather Tech's super nice floor mats (which I bought at full retail for my Suburban).

Jean Jennings, President & Editor-in-Chief

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