By James Bergeron

Day 1:

2008 Subaru Tribeca
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Hey, more déjà vu! Well not exactly — despite the similarities in colour, price and the use of the same transmission, the Tribeca is nothing like the Legacy GT Sedan I drove last week. My first impressions of the Tribeca are very positive; the interior and exterior design and build quality here are what all Subarus should be striving for.

I remember vividly when the original Tribeca was revealed, with a face that only a mother could love. I could not fathom anyone purchasing it. Well, I was almost right, as very few did purchase them; now comes a redesigned front end that is much more appealing and with a few tweaks to the side and rear for an overall improved stance, Subaru hopes for better sales.

2008 Subaru Tribeca
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A few other very notable changes for the Tribeca for 2008 include: an upgraded H6 (horizontally-opposed six cylinder engine) that runs on regular fuel rather than the premium the old Tribeca required. This new engine also puts out more power, to the tune of 256hp and 247lb-ft of torque.

My tester is a base model, five-seat version of the Tribeca, the only model available without leather seating. The list of standard features is rather impressive, though. Some of these include: dual zone climate control, 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, glass power tilting and sliding moonroof with sunshade, side-curtain, side-impact and front airbags and a 5-speed automatic transmission with SPORTSHIFT™ technology.

The price debate is always hot when I review a Subaru, so I will clearly point out the pricing of the 2008 Tribeca. Starting at only $41,995 and well-equipped the Tribeca may very well be one of the pricing stars for Subaru of Canada. And of course the Tribeca comes standard with the legendary Subaru all-wheel drive system, as does every vehicle in the company’s line-up.

2008 Subaru Tribeca
MSRP as tested: $41,995

For more information on Subaru and the Tribeca visit Subaru Canada

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