My wife and I recently moved to California with each of us getting new/better jobs out in the mountains and redwoods. She is wanting to upgrade in the not to distant future from her current car - 2000 Legacy Outback with 332,000 on it. The outback keeps chugging along just fine, but we now will be able to afford a better machine. Something a little nicer and less prone to breakdown. There is a baby on the way due this spring which I'm figuring is probably our deadline. So with time to shop we are exploring either a newer (05-10) Legacy Outback or a Tribeca.
Passenger capacity - the 7 passenger option of the Tribeca is a HUGE plus
Reliability - I don't want her and baby broken down somewhere.
Ground clearance - to fit our lifestyle and job, light trail driving will be necessary at times. A small suspension lift and bigger tires will be more than adequate. My Impreza or GL will do the rougher stuff.
Style never hurts - she's now the assistant director at the Outdoor School
I am very familiar with Legacy/Outback stuff. Never driven nor worked on a Tribeca. For those who have experience with these cars, I have the following questions.
Does the reliability compare to an Outback or Legacy? (Keep in mind we'll probably buy either with over 100k and may very well take it to the 300ks like the 2000 she's currently driving.)
Does the subframe allow for a few inches of body and/or suspension lift?
Is this the sort of car that is comfortable to get in and out of/drive long distances?
We're probably going to test drive some soon to get an idea of comfort, but I trust a lot of the people on here with first hand experience.