Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive standard; Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick; one well-equipped trim
Small rear seat; audio and communication technology lagging; poor fuel economy; bland styling
A power glass moonroof and rear backup camera is added to the 2014 Tribeca's standard equipment list
As there is only one trim level, we'd say order your Tribeca without the costly navigation and entertainment package. A nice Garmin dash-mounted navigation system can be had for a few hundred dollars, and we're guessing most kids will just use their tablets to watch movies when they get bored.
The 2014 Subaru Tribeca is offered in one very nicely equipped trim called the Limited.
Standard equipment for the Limited ($34,920) includes all-wheel drive, a power glass moonroof, rear backup camera, 8-way power driver's and 4-power passenger seat, leather seating surfaces, dual-zone automatic climate control, auxiliary A/C for second and third rows, 385-watt 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, Bluetooth, 18-inch 5-spoke wheels, power heated side mirrors, windshield de-icer, 60/40 split-sliding and reclining second-row seats and an auxiliary output jack. Standard airbags include side-thorax front seat airbags and side-curtain airbags. Oddly, the side-curtain airbags do not fully extend to the third-row passenger area -- a pretty big "oops" in our book. Other standard safety equipment includes electronic traction and electronic stability control, which Subaru dubs VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control). Stability control monitors the direction a vehicle is heading and, should the car begin to skid out of control, selectively applies the brakes while cutting the throttle to bring the car back in line.
Optional equipment is limited to a navigation and rear-seat DVD entertainment package, remote start and a number of dealer-installed items, such as puddle lights, cargo organizer, wheel upgrades and various roof rack attachments.
We aren't big fans of Subaru's navigation unit. The system doesn't seem intuitive and is somewhat dated in its map storage and feature content. The Limited's 385-watt Harman Kardon audio system is a vast improvement over most stock systems but still lacks any kind of USB hookup allowing for control of an iPod or other portable music device, though there is an AUX input jack.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
GMC Acadia -- The Acadia is larger than the Tribeca both inside and out, and its third-row seat has more room both in front and behind it. But the Tribeca's all-wheel-drive system is more advanced than the Acadia's, and it holds its value a bit better.
Ford Explorer -- The Explorer offers a selectable all-wheel-drive system that is every bit the Tribeca's equal, plus it offers better styling, more advanced audio and communications systems, better fuel economy and more engine choices.
Dodge Durango -- The Durango is more accommodating than the Tribeca and offers the option of a V8 engine, higher tow ratings and airbag protection for all three rows (as do the Ford Explorer and GMC Acadia).