They don’t make them like they used to, but mostly because they’re going to stop making them: The Lexus HS 250 will soon be no more, and the Subaru Tribeca is on borrowed time.
A Lexus spokesperson confirmed the fate of the HS 250 to Automotive.com, adding “Lexus continually monitors sales of each model and its role in the product line-up. We make adjustments to ensure our product line-up meets market demand.”
During hybrid mania, Lexus naturally wanted in on some of the hybrid pie—perhaps no automaker has been more successful in the game than Lexus’ parent company Toyota—and the Lexus HS 250h was one approach to carving out a slice. But the HS 250h never fully took. Lexus offered a premium hybrid (they even called one of the trims “premium”) that had the automaker’s trademark quiet cabin, excellent craftsmanship and top safety scores, but the packaging fell short. The Lexus HS 250h offered a good 35 mpg, but tack on a few options and you were paying more than $40,000, and this in a compact that bore a startling resemblance to the much more pedestrian Toyota Corolla. In the end, it seems people either want efficiency, or a luxury car, or they want their luxury car to have good fuel economy but they don’t want it to cost them more. Undeterred, Lexus will soon release the 2013 Lexus GS 450h, which will be sportier, pricier, and will achieve a lower fuel economy rating. The new hybrid will be priced around $60k and it should get a few mpg less than the HS 250h does.
The Subaru Tribeca is rumored to share a similar fate, though Subaru would not confirm this, stating only that “the Tribeca is still in our lineup as our 7-passenger vehicle. We don’t comment on future product plans.” The Tribeca is available in three trims and is powered by a 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine, which sends power to all four wheels. The Tribeca starts around $30,595. Subaru has seen sales climb this year due in large part to the new 2012 Subaru Impreza. The much anticipated Subaru BRZ sports coupe goes on sale in a matter of weeks, and is expected to be a big success for the automaker.
Source: Lexus, Subaru