The Tribeca is what is known as a crossover vehicle. Therefore, it offers many of the options of a traditional sport utility vehicle (SUV) while also maintaining a smaller footprint that allows it to to be convenient for suburban and city driving. The Tribeca has been in active production since 2005 and is one of the most popular crossover vehicles manufactures by the Japanese company Subaru. While the latter designs enjoyed a great deal of fame, the first models met with slightly negative reviews (regarding their exterior styling) and therefore, Subaru slightly modified these features when the 2007 models were released.
The Tribeca has been extensively marketed in the United States and has likewise enjoyed a moderately agreeable sales performance during the last five years. The Tribeca is also sold to portions of Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and numerous countries within South America. It should be noted that as of yet, this model is not sold to its domestic Japanese market.
While considered quite popular, Subaru has announced that it will discontinue all sales of the Tribeca at an undisclosed time during 2014. This has been blamed on recently slumping sales figures. However, some analysts speculate that the removal of the Tribeca from the marketplace may coincide with the addition of a replacement crossover vehicle; possibly to better compete against the Nissan Pathfinder and the ever-popular Ford Explorer. It will be interesting to see which crossover vehicle will take the place of the Tribeca and if the projected sales will indeed increase.