Subaru Three-Row SUV Still in the Works

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Remember the Subaru B9 Tribeca? Subaru introduced the warthog-nosed, three-row SUV at the Detroit auto show in early 2005 to widespread criticism of its ... well ... schnoz. Car shoppers agreed: In its first full calendar year of sales (2006), they bought just 18,614 B9 Tribecas, or about one-seventh of Toyota Highlander sales. Even emergency rhinoplasty and a name change to simply Tribeca in early 2007 couldn't right the ship. Sales plunged below 6,000 units by 2009 and never recovered from there.

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A three-row Subaru should have been a hit but shoppers had spoken; the Tribeca was toast. Subaru announced in October 2013 that it would finally pull the plug on the ill-fated SUV, which was entering its ninth model year for 2014. But spokeswoman Jessica Tullman told us that the automaker hasn't put a fork in the segment just yet.

By Kelsey Mays | August 15, 2014 | Comments (1)

Subaru Cancels Tribeca SUV

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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.

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By Jennifer Geiger | October 18, 2013 | Comments (3)

Recall Alert: 2014 Subaru Legacy and Outback, 2013 Tribeca

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Subaru is recalling 202 model-year 2014 versions of the Legacy and Outback and model-year 2013 versions of the Tribeca due to a problem with the transmission, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles were manufactured from June 12 through June 28, 2013 (check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb), and are equipped with an automatic transmission. The parking rod could come loose inside the automatic transmission, which would prevent the vehicle from being taken out of the Park gear. "Furthermore, even with the transmission shifted into the Park position, the parking mechanism may not engage, and the vehicle may roll away while in the Park position, increasing the risk of a crash," NHTSA said in a statement.

Subaru will notify owners by the end of August, and dealers will update the transmission for free. Owners can call Subaru at 800-782-2783 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

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By Jennifer Geiger | August 12, 2013 | Comments (0)

The Top 10 Biggest Recalls of 2013

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Each year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issues recalls on millions of vehicles. In 2012, NHTSA recalled just shy of 18 million, and 15.5 million in 2011. While some recalls affect just a handful of vehicles, others impact millions.

So far this year, the biggest recall is technically not a recall at all. In June, we reported that NHTSA had requested Chrysler fix 2.7 million Jeep SUVs — 1993-2004 Grand Cherokee and 2002-07 Liberty models — due to a potential fuel-system problem that could cause fires in a rear-end crash. Jeep initially refused, insisting the vehicles "met and exceeded all applicable requirements" of federal standards pertaining to fuel-system integrity. NHTSA then gave Chrysler a June 18 deadline to either issue a recall themselves, or be ordered to do so.

On the day of its deadline, Chrysler announced it would launch a campaign to inspect and, if necessary, fix the 2.7 million Jeeps — never officially referring to the action as a "recall." Still, that's what it was, and therefore it earns the distinction of being the biggest one this year.

According to research, the biggest recalls affecting the U.S. market in 2013 are:

By Matt Schmitz | July 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 633,842 Subaru Vehicles

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Subaru is recalling 633,842 vehicles due to faulty lamp wiring, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The following vehicles are affected: model-year 2009-12 Foresters, 2010-11 Legacys, 2010-11 Outbacks and 2006-12 Tribecas.

These vehicles could be equipped with faulty puddle lamp wiring, which if exposed to electrolytic moisture (like road salt), could short circuit. This could lead to a fire. According to Subaru, the recall is a result of customers' complaints regarding smoke and/or fire coming out from the puddle lights.

Subaru will notify owners starting in February, and dealers will inspect and replace the affected parts for free. Owners can call Subaru at 800-782-2783 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 3, 2013 | Comments (1)

Subaru Celebrates 25 Years of Manufacturing in the U.S.

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This month, Subaru celebrates its 25th anniversary of production in the U.S., according to the carmaker. Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. started in 1987 as a joint-venture between Fuji Heavy Industries (owner of the Subaru brand) and Isuzu.

The car plant originally built Subaru Legacys and Isuzu pickup trucks and Rodeos for U.S. consumption.

Today, the 820-acre facility employees 3,600 workers and can build 360,000 vehicles a year. Currently, the plant builds the Subaru Legacy, Outback and Tribeca as well as the 2012 Toyota Camry, under contract with Toyota, according to Subaru.

By Colin Bird | March 20, 2012 | Comments (0)

Year-End Deal Reality Check: Subaru

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Many major retailers are parading their best deals to boost year-end sales, and automakers are no exception. This means the year’s end can be one of the best times to buy a new car, and if it’s a Subaru, donate to charity as well.

Subaru’s offer includes a good deal for buyers and a chance to do a little good for others. Its "Share the Love" event means qualified buyers can get zero-percent financing, pay no money down on most 2012 Subaru vehicles and the automaker will make a charitable donation in the buyer’s name.

After making your new-car purchase, Subaru will donate $250 to your choice of four charities. The organizations include American Forests, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Meals on Wheels and the Special Olympics. So far, Subaru has given almost $15 million to the charities during the last three years.

The zero-percent offer is good on all Subaru vehicles except the redesigned Impreza, though WRX models qualify for zero-percent financing. Instead, qualified Impreza shoppers can take advantage of a 1.9% financing deal. The 2012 Impreza starts at $17,495, excluding a $750 destination charge. Share the Love cannot be combined with any other offers and ends Jan. 3, 2012.

By Jennifer Geiger | December 26, 2011 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Podcast: 2011 Toyota Prius, 2011 Subaru Tribeca, 2011 Smart ForTwo

Join editors Joe Wiesenfelder, Bill Jackson and Joe Bruzek as they discuss three very different vehicles. The most popular hybrid ever, the Toyota Prius, remains alluring, while the editors discuss the merits of the largest Subaru, the Tribeca, and the smallest car on the market, the Smart ForTwo.

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By David Thomas | June 15, 2011 | Comments (3)

Cars.com Reviews the 2011 Subaru Tribeca

2011 Subaru TribecaThe 2011 Subaru Tribeca is one of the older offerings in the three-row crossover segment, but old doesn’t necessarily mean uncompetitive, according to Cars.com editor Joe Bruzek. The model has aged well, but will the family hauler’s somewhat diminutive size and high asking price inhibit it as a favorite over the likes of the Honda Pilot or even competitors coming from Subaru itself, such as the Outback? Read the full review to find out.

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By Colin Bird | June 1, 2011 | Comments (4)

Subaru Continues Charity-Based Incentives for Third Year



Subaru will again participate in a charity-based sales event for 2010, called the “Share the Love Event,” the automaker announced today.

From Nov. 20 to Jan. 3, 2011, every Subaru purchased will come with a $250 donation to one of five charities the automaker has partnered with, including the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels Association of America and the Ocean Conservancy.

Over the past two years, Subaru has donated more than $10 million to charities through this particular sales initiative.

That extra bonus comes on top of regular incentives such as 1.9% financing and low lease deals, which we detail below.

By Colin Bird | November 8, 2010 | Comments (1)

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