In its last monthly decline, November 2011, Subaru sold 17,657 vehicles, a drop of 15 percent from November 2010. For perspective, Subaru sold 18,428 Outbacks in July 2019 alone.
It's worth noting that 2011 was not without its own set of challenges beyond Subaru's control as the brand was still recovering from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Back then, Subaru's U.S. lineup consisted of the Impreza, Legacy, Forester, Outback and Tribeca. Sales of the performance duo of the WRX and WRX STI were counted under the Impreza category at the time. For the year, Subaru sold 266,989 vehicles.
The Crosstrek, which has contributed significant sales volume, especially since its redesign for the 2018 model year, didn't go on sale until 2012. The low-volume BRZ coupe also went on sale in 2012.
And while Subaru did have a three-row crossover in the lineup in 2011, the Tribeca, it was a low-volume model, selling just 2,791 units that year. Production ended in 2014.
The rollout of Subaru's global platform began with the redesigned 2017 Impreza sedan and hatchback, which has been followed by a rush of fresh product to the lineup.
Subaru's second crack at a three-row crossover, the Ascent, which went on sale in June 2018, has quickly become a strong seller for the brand with 60,042 sales this year through September and sales of 96,253 units since hitting the market. The redesigned Forester also went on sale in 2018.
This year's additions included the new Crosstrek Hybrid, the redesigned 2020 Legacy and the redesigned Outback. The Outback is the brand's best-selling nameplate through September.