The Discontinued Cars of 2022

Notable cars from the likes of Volkswagen, Toyota and Honda will be discontinued in 2022. Is your vehicle one of them?

With unprecedentedly low inventory and global manufacturing problems, it might seem like an inopportune time to send vehicles off into the abyss. But death waits for no man — or machine. As such, the list of discontinued cars will continue to grow in 2022.

Last year, automakers said goodbye to more than 20 different vehicle models. We won’t see quite as many sail into the sunset this go round, but there are still a number of notable cars that have met their demise. Many of them share similar qualities, most notably being small and gas-powered, two vehicle traits growing less popular by the day.

Discontinued cars

Honda Clarity

The Honda Clarity is unique amongst its now-deceased counterparts in that it’s not gas-powered. First introduced in 2015, the Clarity’s all-electric model was discontinued in 2020 and now the hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell versions are getting the axe as well.

Ironically, Honda announced earlier this year its plan to sell only electric and fuel-cell vehicles by 2040. The Clarity is the marque’s only current offering to fit that bill. Ridding the sedan from its lineup, however, allows the Japanese automaker to focus on developing its future models, such as the Prologue, which will be Honda’s first fully electric SUV when it arrives in 2024.

Discontinued Cars

Hyundai Veloster

A quick look at the best-selling cars of the year proves, yet again, American prefer larger vehicles. The quirky Veloster had its strong points but, ultimately, the three-door hatchback was too unique, and perhaps too compact, for its own good. Saying goodbye to one of its least popular vehicles gives Hyundai opportunity to focus on its far more likeable models, such as the Kona and Tucson.

All is not lost for Veloster aficionados. The hatchback’s high-performance Veloster N model will live on, at least for now.

Discontinued cars

Mazda CX-3 and 6

When Mazda unveiled the CX-30 in 2020, it was only a matter of time before the smaller CX-3 crossover was added to the list of discontinued cars. And alas, 2022 will mark the end of the road for the subcompact vehicle. The CX-3 was simply too small to satisfy American’s taste for larger models. One package model offered even less cargo space than Mazda’s smallest sedan.

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Speaking of sedans, the Japanese automaker’s midsize Mazda 6 is also disappearing in 2022. It’s somewhat of a surprise, considering the car was routinely ranked as one of the top options in its segment. This has led many to speculate the Mazda 6 is simply taking a year off and will return new-and-improved at later date. Unlike many of its competitors, a hybrid version of the car was never made available, something that could change in the future.

Discontinued Cars

Toyota Land Cruiser

A year after saying goodbye to one of its smaller vehicles, the Yaris, Toyota is bidding adieu to one of its largest. The Land Cruiser was the Japanese car maker’s longest-running model, but that streak will come to an end in 2022. The SUV has long been a capable vehicle but failed to evolve with its modern competitors, resulting in declining sales.

News of the vehicle’s demise, interestingly enough, brought an unexpected jolt to those sales numbers. In January, just a month after Toyota announced the SUV’s discontinuance, more Land Cruisers were sold than in any month in the last 10 years, according to Car and Driver Magazine. A newly designed Land Cruiser will be sold to the rest of the world — just not in the U.S.

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Volkswagen Passat

The Passat often found itself buried in the shadows of other models in its own Volkswagen family, such as the Jetta, as well as those in its midsize sedan segment, like the Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata. As such, the German automaker is pulling the plug on the Passat to focus more on electric vehicles. The Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant where the Passat was manufactured will transition to making VW’s ID.4 crossover EV.

As a sendoff, VW is offering a Passat Limited Edition model. The car features nods to its Tennessee home, including “Chattanooga 2011” seat tags, as well as aerial maps of the city and drawings of the plant on the cupholder mats.

Discontinued cars

Volvo V60 and V90

“To remain successful, we need profitable growth,” Volvo’s CEO Håkan Samuelsson said in March. “So instead of investing in a shrinking business, we choose to invest in the future – electric and online.” The proclamation came as Volvo was announcing its plans to become a fully electric car manufacturer by 2030. Just four months later news arrived that the Swedish automaker was discontinuing not one but two of its gas-powered models: the V60 and V90 wagons.

Volvo’s decision, as Samuelsson alluded to, is an acknowledgment of where automotive market is today and, more importantly, where it’s headed. Station wagons simply don’t sell anymore. Instead of investing in a “shrinking business,” the car maker will use its resources to expand its electric vehicle lineup, which currently includes just two models. Fans of the V60 and V90 shouldn’t be too distraught. Volvo is still selling the taller, crossover Cross Country models of both cars.

Do you own one of these discontinued cars? Are you sad to see it go? Let us know in the comments below!

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54 Thoughts on “The Discontinued Cars of 2022

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

    1. 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.

  9. 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.

    1. 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?!?

      1. I also have an Altima coupe and love driving it, thought my next car would be a Civic coupe, I guess I’ll be keeping my Nissan. I never had a 4 door car in all my years of driving. Miss the coupes.

  10. 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.

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

    1. 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.

  12. 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.

      1. I had two Acuras ( Integra and then an RSX) both 2 door coupes with a stick shift,
        then they discontinued those. Then I bought a 2012 Civic SI, again, a 2 door coupe with a stick. Now they’re going to stop them! Agh. I’m starting to get a complex. I love my Civic!

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

    1. 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.

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

        1. How about making all vehicles with quality seats that don’t break when you get rear ended and send you out the back seat window.. And high quality headlights and tail lights that you can see 500 feet down the road at 40 miles an hour.

    1. The automobile manufacturers forgot about who they get their money from. They have concentrated on profitability and the stockholders rather than the customers who actually buy their products. If the general public were smart, they would keep their existing car and NOT buy the SUVs that they are jamming down our throats and start building small, medium and large sedans, and convertibles. They don’t redesign their cars often enough, and the buying public don’t like seeing the same thing every year. They keep telling us that we want these SUVs. Actually we want them to change the sedans every three or so years to keep them up to date rather than seeing a car built over and over and over til we get sick of it and avoid that brand. If we stopped buying their SUVs and let them rot on their lots, perhaps the Mary Baras of the industry will get a message and instead of being so profit greedy they will start to ask the people what they really want. I prefer a coupe, a large sedan that is comfortable to drive on long trips, with a decent six cylinder car that gets 20-25 mpg city and 27-30 mpg on the highway. Change the grille every year, change the tail lights every year or two. and improve the engines and structural stuff as needed. I grew up in the 50’s, 60,s and 70’s and remember the “new cars” coming out around September, and comparing them to last years models. Retooling costs money, and they could make minor changes that change the appearance with little difficulty and get the spark back into the industry…….if only they would stop counting the pennies and worrying about their own salaries and bonuses.

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