By Jennifer Geiger on October 17, 2013
Subaru has decided that it's the end of the line for its unpopular midsize SUV. The automaker's Product Communications Manager Jessica Tullman confirmed to Cars.com that model-year 2014 will be the Tribeca's last.
Production will end in January 2014, and deliveries to retailers will end in February. The move is not surprising. The Tribeca historically has been a weak spot in Subaru's lineup; Tullman told us that the automaker has only sold 78,000 of them since it debuted in 2005. In comparison, Subaru sold 90,073 units of its Outback compact crossover during the first nine months of 2013; only 1,247 Tribecas were sold in that same timeframe.
The automaker isn't exiting the midsize SUV segment completely, however. "The company has announced that it plans to return to the midsize SUV segment with a three-row vehicle in the future," Tullman said.
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer