Subaru Tribeca Production Ends January 2014

The Subaru Tribeca, the brand’s three-row crossover that debuted way back in 2005, is one of the most unloved vehicles on the market. It made our list of worst-selling vehicles last year, with only 2074 units sold in 2012, and it’s on track for even fewer sales in 2013 with just 1247 units sold through September this year.

Subaru has confirmed to us that Tribeca production at the Lafayette, Indiana plant will stop in January 2014. This plant also produces the Subaru Legacy and the Subaru Outback, as well as the Toyota Camry as part of a joint venture between Toyota and Subaru. A Subaru spokesperson said that the Tribeca’s death is due to the fact that it’s eight years old and has reached the end of its product life cycle. We think the paltry sales figures probably play a strong role, too.

The Subaru representative also confirmed that a new three-row crossover from Subaru would be coming in the future. We don’t know much beyond this statement right now, but this could provide Subaru with a second chance to compete in this segment. Automotive News previously reported that a new Subaru Tribeca is already under development and will arrive within three years' time.

The Subaru Tribeca debuted as the B9 Tribeca at the 2005 Detroit auto show and faltered due to its controversial styling and cramped third-row seat; the refreshed model launched at the 2007 New York auto show wasn't much more successful. We’ll see if Subaru’s future crossover can measure up to class leaders like the Chevrolet Traverse, Honda Pilot, and Toyota Highlander.

If you really want to get your hands on a seven-seat Subaru right now, the 2014 Subaru Tribeca starts at $34,920, including destination. It’s powered by a 256 hp, 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine that mates with Subaru’s requisite all-wheel-drive system. With production ending soon, you may be able to get a screaming deal on this dated crossover.

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