Next year’s list of discontinued cars range from subcompacts and luxury sports cars to minivans and SUVs. But by and large, it’s mostly sedans that are on the chopping block. This should come as no surprise to those studying car-buying trends, or observers of the roadway. Sedan sales have been dropping precipitously over the past decade as drivers flock to crossovers and SUVs.
Whether it’s because of poor sales, a desire to focus on different model segments or simply wanting to refine their lineups, manufacturers are discontinuing more than 20 vehicle models in the U.S. in 2021. Here are some of the notable names.
The RLX has seen its sales number plummet in recent years. In 2019, just over 1,000 were sold in the United States. It’s a sign of the times, as drivers continue to opt for crossovers and SUVs in large numbers. These days, sedans need to stand apart or they become discontinued cars. A powerful engine aside, the RLX has some considerable drawbacks including outdated technology and infotainment system, and small cargo room.
Many drivers likely didn’t even know the BMW i8 even existed, as it was never produced in large numbers since its 2014 debut. The German manufacturer ceased production of its hybrid sports car earlier this year, in part to make way for a new slate of electric vehicles including the i4 sedan, iX3 crossover and iNext crossover.
The i8 looked about as futuristic as any vehicle on the market, constructed of super-light aluminum and carbon fiber with upward-opening scissor doors. BMW will likely unveil a new electric sports car in the coming years. Those who don’t want to wait can always look at the manufacturer’s other hybrid options, such as the i3.
The last Impala rolled off the assembly line in Michigan back in February. The family-size sedan offered a spacious ride at an affordable price tag. Interesting side note: One version of the Batmobile was built on chassis of a Chevy Impala.
The one feature of the car that may stick around is the Impala name. Chevrolet has used the moniker on and off since the 1950s, so don’t be surprised if you see a different Impala driving by in the future.
The Sonic will be missed if for nothing else than its price tag. Coming in below $17,000 made it one of the least expensive cars on the market. And owners got a surprising amount for that low cost. It had good handling, a fairly spacious cabin, and a host of standard features like an Apple CarPlay and Android Auto supported infotainment system. (Another standard feature was not-so-great: crank windows.)
Alas, the Sonic found itself in the wrong category. Several highly rated subcompact vehicles will become discontinued cars in 2021.
Dodge Grand Caravan
The current version of the Grand Caravan was introduced in 2008 and was almost immediately outdated. In fact, it wasn’t even available in all 50 states because it failed to meet emission standards.
Best known for its Stow ‘n Go second-row seats, the Grand Caravan represented an inexpensive way to get a large number of people to and fro. The recently introduced Chrysler Voyager, a budget version of the Chrysler Pacifica that starts under $27,000, is replacing the departing minivan.
A rare SUV that has met its demise, the Dodge Journey is one of the few discontinued cars that will likely not be missed. While most vehicles on this list are rated at least in the middle of the pack of their respective segments, the Journey routinely found itself near or at the bottom.
It had a low price tag but very little else going for it. The SUV was so outdated, it was the only vehicle in the U.S. that still had a four-speed automatic transmission. While most cars improve over time, the Journey was stuck in neutral most of its life.
Ford has had a tough go of it lately with the Fiesta, Focus and Taurus all becoming discontinued cars. Now the Fusion joins the ranks.
With handsome styling, a spacious interior and a hybrid model capable of driving nearly 600 miles between fill-ups, the Fusion was a major player in the sedan market once upon a time. Although sales have dropped, there were still more than 160,000 sold in the U.S. in 2019, meaning a lot of drivers will be disappointed next time they’re in the market for a new car.
Honda Civic Coupe and Si
Is it possible to have too much of a good thing? The popular Civic comes in a dizzying number of versions – but that number’s about to shrink.
Honda announced that the Coupe would cease production in 2021, as fewer drivers are purchasing two-door cars. At the same time, the manufacturer let it be known that the Civic Si was going on hiatus. The model won’t be produced in 2021 but will return for the 2022 model year in both sedan and hatchback iterations.
If you enjoy the reliability, affordability and practicality of small cars, you likely have – or have had your eyes on – the Honda Fit. The vehicle was widely regarded as one of the top performers in the subcompact market.
For its small stature, the Fit had a roomy cabin and plenty of cargo space. Add in above-average mileage and a starting price tag just north of $16,000 and you have a vehicle that will likely be missed.
The Continental returned from a 15-year hiatus in 2017, but its consumers never followed. So, alas, it bids us farewell. The car’s exit is most notable for what it means to the rest of Lincoln’s vehicle lineup: They’re all SUVs.
Lincoln’s last sedan oozed luxury, with one of the most comfortable cabins you’ll ever experience. But its driving performance waned over the years. Like the Impala, however, it’s likely you’ll see the Continental name given to a new model, since Lincoln has used the title on and off since 1939.
Although Toyota sold it in the U.S., Mazda built the Yaris and sold it as a Mazda2 abroad. Additionally, Toyota sells a different Yaris in other markets.
Maybe this identity crisis contributed to its demise, which is a shame since is was a quality vehicle. The Yaris had great handling and fuel economy, as well as a host of safety features, all for a very affordable price.
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