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Buy/Drive/Burn: CUVs That Circumvented Success in 2007

Today’s Buy/Drive/Burn contingent of hapless crossovers was concocted by commenter JohnTaurus. From a time early in a growth of a midsize three-row crossover, nothing of today’s competitors really worked from a sales perspective.

Three hapless entries from 3 opposite marques. Which one goes home with you?

Subaru Tribeca

TTAC became famous for hating on a Tribeca, though we already knew that. Debuting for a 2006 indication year, a H6-only Tribeca was built with a Outback and Legacy during Subaru’s Lafayette, Indiana plant. The ’07 we have here currently was a final year for a smaller banishment 3.0-liter H6, that constructed 242 horsepower routed by a five-speed automatic. The Limited trim on offer currently had a customary leather interior, moonroof, and reward audio system. Unique to a Tribeca was a Y-shaped lurch and console design, providing a cockpit feel for front motorist and passenger. A restyling (bland-ization) for a 2008 indication year didn’t save a Tribeca from cancellation, that came in 2014.

Hyundai Veracruz

Hyundai’s Veracruz was code new for 2007. The company’s largest crossover try to date, all North American models skipped a diesel engine choice in preference of a long-running 3.8-liter Lambda V6. The six-speed involuntary routes 263 horsepower to all 4 wheels in Limited all-wheel expostulate trim. Leather seats are exhilarated and ventilated, and a reward Infinity sound complement entertains passengers. The Veracruz lived on in a North American marketplace by a 2012 indication year, jubilant in two-tone.

Ford Freestyle

New for 2005, a Freestyle was partial of Ford’s devise to start all indication names with a minute F. Gone was a Taurus wagon, as America requested rough-and-ready CUVs. Sharing engine and drivetrain with a Five Hundred sedan, all-wheel expostulate examples interconnected a 3.0-liter Duratec V6 (203 horsepower) with a CVT. Ford approaching 40 percent of Freestyle buyers to enterprise all-wheel drive; instead, a take rate was 55 percent. Like a competitors above, a Freestyle is Limited trim and all-wheel drive. Leather seating is customary in possibly six- or seven-passenger configurations, and there’s a back DVD shade for a kids. Major changes came to Freestyle in 2008, when it was renamed Taurus X. The indication perceived a incomparable 3.5-liter engine, and a six-speed involuntary in all models. Taurus X went divided after 2009, to make room for some square-body Flexin.

Freestyle your approach north by Veracruz, afterwards make your approach to Tribeca. On a journey, lot out a Buy, Drive, and Burn.

[Images: Ford, Subaru, Hyundai, IIHS]

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