Subaru is an auto manufacturer that is part of Fuji Heavy Industries, a transportation company based in Japan. The brand has earned a following for offering rugged and reliable Subaru sport utility vehicles as well as other types of vehicles. Subaru’s passenger cars are known for being equipped with all-wheel-drive as standard equipment. A lot of Subaru vehicles are offered with turbocharged engines as an option. Subaru vehicles are available in a variety of global markets, and the brand tends to have a loyal fan base, especially in the northern climate areas of North America, where all-wheel-drive passenger cars and SUVs are particularly desirable. Subaru established Subaru of America in 1968 to manage operations for the United States and Canada region, and it is currently based in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Many of Subaru’s vehicles destined for North American distribution, including Subaru sport utility vehicles, are produced at the Subaru of Indiana manufacturing facility in Lafayette.
Though many of Subaru’s station wagons and hatchbacks have qualities that are typically desired in a sport utility vehicle, there have not been many Subaru SUV models. One such example of a Subaru sport utility vehicle is the Tribeca, or the B9 Tribeca, as it was known in some regions. The Subaru Tribeca was a mid size crossover sport utility vehicle assembled on a platform borrowed from the Subaru Legacy. Subaru did not release the Tribeca in its home market of Japan, but intended the car to meet the needs of primarily the North American, Australia, and European markets. The Tribeca also had limited distribution in China, parts of Asia, Chile, and Argentina. Subaru released the Tribeca in 2005 to a lot of criticism for its exterior design, leading to a hasty refresh in 2007 for the 2008 model year, which also led to a review of and a subtle change to the brand’s styling cues, across all future Subaru designs. It was revealed in October of 2013 that this Subaru SUV model was ending production, and the last Subaru Tribeca models would roll off the line in January of 2014. A new Subaru sport utility vehicle is in the works as a replacement for the Tribeca.
Another Subaru SUV model, the Subaru Exiga, has never been sold in North America for fear that it would compete too much with the Tribeca. Subaru released the Exiga compact crossover for the 2008 model year. Produced in Japan, the vehicle is sold domestically as well as in Australia, Singapore, and other selected markets. This Subaru sport utility vehicle is also known as the Subaru Liberty Exiga in some regions. The Subaru Exiga features seating for seven occupants, and, unlike many Subaru models, is offered in a front-wheel-drive configuration as well as all-wheel-drive.