"Ascent has already outsold the entire production of Tribeca," a Subaru spokesperson told Roadshow at a media event on Thursday.
Since going on sale last summer, Subaru has sold more than 83,000 Ascents -- 47,404 of them so far in 2019. Over the course of the Tribeca's nine-year model run, however, just 76,774 found homes in the US, according to GoodCarBadCar.net data.
Make no mistake, the Ascent is a better positioned, more well-rounded product than its homely-looking predecessor. Originally known as the B9 Tribeca, Subaru's new-for-2006 crossover SUV stumbled out of the gates thanks to awkward styling (an issue largely remedied with a 2008 model-year face-lift) and never really recovered. It went out of production in 2014 without receiving a second generation.
With a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine and generous accommodations for up to seven passengers, today's larger and more conventionally styled Ascent is nicely positioned to take on the midsize segment's best SUVs. We're big fans of , and it seems consumers are finding the new model appealing, too.