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It doesn't have the towing capacity that I want.

It doesn't get great fuel economy.

It is too crowded to fit 7 people comfortably.

Parts are randomly expensive and hard to get.

It is too bulky IMO to daily drive unless one of my other vehicles are broken.

Why?
 

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Great value if purchased used, very comfortable car to drive, much nicer interior and driving experience than the outbacks of that vintage. Fit our family of 4 great. Really just compared to the outback and felt the value was so much more in the used market.

Parts were pretty normally priced and available from OEM.

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Thanks well put when compared to the Outback of that era.
 

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When I was single, I had an '84 wagon. When I got married, I got a ~10 year old (92) Legacy wagon with 200k miles on it -- put another 50K trouble-free miles on it. Then I had a couple of Outbacks.

Now I have a couple of grade-school kids, who informed me a couple of years ago that "we need a 3-rower!" (to bring friends along, etc).
Our go-to daily driver is a Nissan Leaf. Around town, it's perfect ~95% of the time....but if we need to haul more than 5 people, or if we're going somewhere more than 40 miles away, or if we need to tow something, or if we both need to be in different places at the same time, then the Leaf won't work. So, for me, I wanted a second car that could do all of that other stuff -- haul around 7 people, tow stuff if necessary, and be comfortable on a road trip. I thought I was going to get an MDX, and I even test-drove a couple, and was about to buy one, but then I tried a Tribeca (the post-facelift, 2nd gen). I loved it! The MDX needed 89 octane, but the 3.6 uses 87 octane. I like the interior, I like the fact that I seldom see another one on the road. It's been great on road trips, tows 3500 pounds, and has that 3rd row when we need it. Admittedly, the 3rd row is not huge, but neither are my kids. :) It's not as big as some SUVs inside, but we live in the city and I appreciate its compact dimensions. I parked it next to a newer Outback, and they look like they're almost exactly the same size...but I get a 3rd row.

We're halfway through a big road trip, and I was just thinking what an underrated car the Tribeca is. We'll turn 100k miles on this trip, and (knock on wood) the car has been totally trouble free.
 

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We're halfway through a big road trip, and I was just thinking what an underrated car the Tribeca is. We'll turn 100k miles on this trip, and (knock on wood) the car has been totally trouble free.
Update: we finished the road trip mentioned above. Had to travel from Tucson Arizona up to Winslow. Stopped to visit with friends in Sedona along the way. The weather forecast was grim -- huge winter storm rolling in -- and they begged us to get moving before the roads got too bad. We dawdled a little longer than we should have, and we soon got caught by the snowstorm. Cars were literally sliding off the road and spinning out in front of us. At one point, we were stopped because a car in the oncoming lane had spun out into our lane. We waited for him to get straightened out, and another car passed him and slid off into the ditch in front of us. If I were traveling alone, I would have stopped, but I was just traveling on all-season tires with no chains and there were police cars all over the place helping stranded motorists. Through all the mayhem, the Tribeca sailed right through. It was like a mountain goat. Then we grabbed a U-Haul trailer in Winslow for an oversized item. We drove to California, then loaded up the trailer with some really heavy treasures (loaded rolling toolbox, furniture, etc) and drove back home to Seattle.

Once on the trip, I was parked next to a Ford Excursion. Made the Tribeca look like a Justy in comparison. :) Pretty sure the Tribeca is the smallest 7-passenger crossover, but its size has been "just right" for our family.

The vehicle has been comfortable and utterly reliable. In retrospect, maybe I should have found one with the dark interior (who puts a nearly white interior in a car that's designed for families???)
 

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Update: we finished the road trip mentioned above. Had to travel from Tucson Arizona up to Winslow. Stopped to visit with friends in Sedona along the way. The weather forecast was grim -- huge winter storm rolling in -- and they begged us to get moving before the roads got too bad. We dawdled a little longer than we should have, and we soon got caught by the snowstorm. Cars were literally sliding off the road and spinning out in front of us. At one point, we were stopped because a car in the oncoming lane had spun out into our lane. We waited for him to get straightened out, and another car passed him and slid off into the ditch in front of us. If I were traveling alone, I would have stopped, but I was just traveling on all-season tires with no chains and there were police cars all over the place helping stranded motorists. Through all the mayhem, the Tribeca sailed right through. It was like a mountain goat. Then we grabbed a U-Haul trailer in Winslow for an oversized item. We drove to California, then loaded up the trailer with some really heavy treasures (loaded rolling toolbox, furniture, etc) and drove back home to Seattle.

Once on the trip, I was parked next to a Ford Excursion. Made the Tribeca look like a Justy in comparison. :) Pretty sure the Tribeca is the smallest 7-passenger crossover, but its size has been "just right" for our family.

The vehicle has been comfortable and utterly reliable. In retrospect, maybe I should have found one with the dark interior (who puts a nearly white interior in a car that's designed for families???)
Wow.
 

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Update: we finished the road trip mentioned above. Had to travel from Tucson Arizona up to Winslow. Stopped to visit with friends in Sedona along the way. The weather forecast was grim -- huge winter storm rolling in -- and they begged us to get moving before the roads got too bad. We dawdled a little longer than we should have, and we soon got caught by the snowstorm. Cars were literally sliding off the road and spinning out in front of us. At one point, we were stopped because a car in the oncoming lane had spun out into our lane. We waited for him to get straightened out, and another car passed him and slid off into the ditch in front of us. If I were traveling alone, I would have stopped, but I was just traveling on all-season tires with no chains and there were police cars all over the place helping stranded motorists. Through all the mayhem, the Tribeca sailed right through. It was like a mountain goat. Then we grabbed a U-Haul trailer in Winslow for an oversized item. We drove to California, then loaded up the trailer with some really heavy treasures (loaded rolling toolbox, furniture, etc) and drove back home to Seattle.

Once on the trip, I was parked next to a Ford Excursion. Made the Tribeca look like a Justy in comparison. :) Pretty sure the Tribeca is the smallest 7-passenger crossover, but its size has been "just right" for our family.

The vehicle has been comfortable and utterly reliable. In retrospect, maybe I should have found one with the dark interior (who puts a nearly white interior in a car that's designed for families???)
Funny, my son drives a lifted 1997 Ford Expedition and it's pretty hilarious when I'm next to him in the driveway.

I'm in AZ and know of all the parts you speak of. The 40 gets hammered with snow during the winter. Our cabin is in Seligman and it's tough to get to sometimes in the winter. It sounds like you drove right past it towards Cali. And I used to live in Seattle so we share that too. 👍
 
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