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Subaru Tribeca Not Long For This World

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On: Tue, May 29, 2012 at 10:40AM | By: Chris Weiss

Subaru Tribeca Not Long For This World

Subaru is reportedly getting ready to wind down the Tribeca crossover, according to reports out of Japan. The crossover was never exactly a hit and has long been overshadowed by its brethren like the Outback and Legacy. Subaru is finally prepared to put it out of its misery.

According to Motor Trend, Subaru will discontinue the model by the end of this year. A spokesperson told the magazine that it is committed to selling the model through the 2013 model year but wouldn't commit to anything beyond that, and an anonymous source said that 2012 is it for the SUV.

The Tribeca has been struggling for the past few years, watching sales drop by nearly half in 2009 and 2010, settling in under 3,000 last year. The model is kind of the awkward brother in a lineup of better looking, more popular crossovers like the Outback. Though it scores decently in reviews, it has struggled against competition where its high price, awkward looks and low 16/21 mpg fuel economy have made it pale against competitors like the Nissan Murano and Toyota Highlander.

To be honest, I'm a bit disappointed at the loss of the Tribeca. Living in the mountains, it's hard to have a conversation about good all-wheel-drive cars without 'Subaru' popping up. Usually the Outback gets name-dropped, but if I were to go Subaru, I'd prefer something with the height and body type of the Tribeca. The Tribeca provides a nice break from the small, wagon-y crossovers that make up the rest of Subaru's utility line. Hopefully, Subaru will replace it with another midsized SUV.


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