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The Discontinued Cars of 2021

For one reason or another, more than 20 cars will be discontinued in 2021. Is your vehicle one of them?

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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.

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Acura RLX

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 A powerful engine aside, the RLX has some considerable drawbacks including outdated technology and infotainment system, and small cargo room.

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BMW i8

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.

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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.

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Chevrolet Impala

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.

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Chevrolet Sonic

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.

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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.

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Dodge Journey

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.

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Ford Fusion

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.

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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.

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Honda Fit

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.

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Lincoln Continental

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.

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Toyota Yaris

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.

Do you own one of these vehicles? Will you be sad to see it go? Let us know in the comments below!

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Comments
  • Constance

    Too bad that all those cars are being discontinued Not everyone. especially single people want an SUV or similar.

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  • Elizabeth

    My 2016 Honda Fit is reliable, adaptable and gets mileage of 40 mpg. Perhaps higher gas prices would encourage more of us to buy sensible cars instead of cars that are larger than most of us need.

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    • Mary-Anita B.

      I love my 2012 Fit and assumed I would eventually replace it with a new one. Guess I will have to hang onto it as long as possible.

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  • Sad to see some of the cars go. I have a Outback and like it. I would like my next vehicle to be a smallish pickup. Double cab, fuel efficient preferred electrical or hybrid. Also something affordable – not a Tesler.

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    • Julie H.

      I feel your pain Muriel ): I own a 2013 Civic SI manual Coupe and absolutely love it. What a bummer!

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  • I bought a 2016 Journey Crossroad for the wife and thoroughly enjoyed its interior and exterior styling. Given the volume these were selling at the time its surprising you gave it such a bad farewell within the recently departed group. In a growing family of two adults and four kids the Journey was well suited. The price point and available options including a nearly 300HP pentastar and six speed auto (your review stated 4 spd auto) this was a great vehicle. The Crossroad we purchased was equipped with sport suspension and 19” wheels. This thing handles!
    Looking at the 2016 specs it was competetive to higher echelon cars like the Murano and outperformed the Four Runner.

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  • Claudia T.

    Am disappointed with car manufacturers who are overlooking those of us who prefer the smooth and comfortable ride of a sedan.

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    • MARILYN B.

      I agree with you Claudia – I bought a Chevrolet sedan in 2016 and love it. I need plenty of leg room as I am a Tall girl (6’2″ tall). I cannot see myself sitting in a small car ever with my knees crunched up. I love this car and will continue driving it for some time.

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  • Can’t believe Ford has abandoned sedan drivers, especially since the Fusion was so popular. Concern for the environment seems to have receded, at least in the choice of car.

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  • Sorry to see the Lincoln Continental go … very classy car. … would love to own one.

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  • Michael P.

    This is terrible. Sedans are much better than SUVs. Sedans are aerodynamic, better on fuel, easy to park and fun to drive. The auto industry is just shoving SUVs down the public’s throats.

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    • Currently drive a Nissan Altima Coupe which was discontinued quite a few years ago. Was planning on purchasing a Honda Civic Coupe next year. Some of us don’t want nor need a large vehicle and are comfortable driving a two door car. What to do now?!?

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  • Arthur F.

    My second Honda Fit, a 2016, has over 100K miles. The last one, a 2008, went for 206K miles. Other than the normal expenses, brakes, oil changes, tune ups, tires, the only unexpected expense was a transmission sensor for $146. If 2020 is then end of the Fits I will have about 4 more years to decide on my next car, but I will miss the bullet proof reliability, and exceptional gas mileage, I have gotten from them.

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    • I’m on my third Fit – just sold the first, an ’07, with 339K miles. My son has the second, a ’13, with about 180K miles. My 2018 is the baby with only 66K miles. Not sure what I’ll do when this one dies; I had planned on buying a fourth.

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  • Barbara Y.

    I love my Ford Fiesta! It has served me well since I bought it brand new in 2015. I cannot imagine owning any other car but this brand. Please keep the Fiesta!

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  • I’ve had 2 Fits and absolutely love this car! Mileage, carrying capacity, and parking are exceptional advantages. Maybe it will be brought back.

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  • Oh my goodness! At the beginning of reading this article, I thought to myself, thank goodness the Honda Fit won’t be on this last because it’s such a wonderful car for many many reasons. You can imagine my shock and surprise to see the Honda Fit listed as one of the cars that will be discontinued! I am still in shock!! I still have a few more years left on my 2019 Honda Fit but what will I do after that?? Lots to ponder.

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  • Yes, I will so miss the Ford Fusion! I have had a 2010, 2013, 2016, and now I own a 2019 Ford Fusion. My first 3 Fusions were leased, and I bought the 2019 because the lease price deals were not good at all because they were not going to make no more Fusions. I also had three Ford Explorers that I leased so it was a total of nine years. I got tired of an SUV and now I love sedans!

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  • I loved my Sonic until the heating system fell apart. Coolant leak, blown water tank, dash vent control snapped so no defrost or floor setting.

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  • Michael B.

    Glad to see the Honda Fit go! I had owned three other Honda models (one Civic and two CRV’s) prior to purchasing a Fit. Worst car I ever owned. It had absolutely no power behind it and accelerated very slowly. And winter driving was an absolute nightmare. My Fit could not even make it up a slight icy incline. This was the worst vehicle Honda produced and performed so poorly it turned me off Hondas for good. I now drive a Mazda SUV and I love it!

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  • I love my Yaris (2013). Sad to see it go. Extremely good mileage, good quality car, cheap fixing (but hardly any).

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  • My Ford Fusion is the best and most reliable car I’ve ever owned (and I’ve had many.) Not to mention pretty nice looking for a mid-sized sedan. Don’t want 2 SUVs in the family. I’m very disappointed.

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  • the honda civic 2 door is great car i have 175,000 on mine which is a 2012.
    never minded the fat it has 2 doors i like the coupes style ,and still has plenty go head room an storage space..hope they bring it back.

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  • Vivacious V.

    I truly like the Yaris, it is the only car I rent when I visit the islands, truly sorry to see it go.

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  • If Ford drops the Fusion, their only CAR will be the Mustang! OK, so I drive an Expedition XLT, but Henry, “say it isn’t so!” One Shocked Shareholder!

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