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.

Discontinued Cars

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. We have our wonderful 2011 Avalon.
    Now we will be forced to buy a 2022
    If one can be found,

  2. I am the proud owner of a 2004 HONDA ELEMENT!! bought it new, and have enjoyed every minute driving it. There was only one problem with the
    car, and to this day no one has been able to correct it. So…I live with it because I do love the car. The windshield cracked, not from a hit or a crash, but from the HEAT….it exploded!! So, three new windshields later….there is a small crack working its way up the windshield from the left corner.
    Here we go again!!

  3. I love my Toyota Highlander SUV. I am a more confident driver in my SUV. I can see the road much better. I had a Toyota Camry and loved it. They are making sedans too small these days.I hate that they have also downsized the SUVs. I had a 2018 Highlander and then I got a 2021 Highlander. The 2021 Highlander is much smaller than the 2018 Highlander. I also wish that they would give us a better seat that comes out a little bit further so that I don’t feel like I’m sitting in church on a pew. I don’t see myself ever going back to a sedan.

  4. I didn’t realize Toyota Yaris already discontinued. mine is,12 years old and would have bought another when this one died!

  5. I just purchased a 2021 Mazda CX3 this is my 2nd one love it sorry to see it go tried the CZ30 to long for me .guess i,ll be hanging on to this one for awhile

  6. My VW Alltrack Sportswagon is being discontinued. Not only do I love wagons, as opposed to an SUV, but it is also a manual transmission with all wheel drive- another dying breed. I honestly didn’t want to buy it after the lease is up because I foresee trips
    To the mechanic the moment a car is over 3 years old. But , I don’t see anything that has these key features…..

  7. I’ve owned both a 2018 and a 2021 Honda Clarity. It is a great car. The combined mileage of HV and electric yields 79 mph. I think Honda’s marketing of this vehicle stank. It has so many wonderful features only seen on far more expensive vehicles.
    What a shame for a car that been as reliable as the day is long.

  8. 2022 will be the last model year for the Toyota Avalon large sedan. Toyota has confirmed that production will end in August 2022.
    First introduced in 1994, the Avalon has offered five generations in the U.S. Toyota will drop the Avalon large sedan from its lineup after the 2022 model year, as first reported by Automotive News and confirmed to C/D by a Toyota spokesperson. Production will end in August 2022 at Toyota’s plant in Georgetown, Kentucky, where the company also builds the Camry and Lexus ES sedans.

    1. I hear you. I had a 2001 Passat for 16 years. It was my favorite car ever and I miss it every day. I did not care for how they changed the appearance in later years. They really messed up a good thing and it is sad to hear that this is the end of the line for the model. Best car ever in bad weather and very beautiful!

  9. I’ve owned every Honda made. They are excellent cars for getting you from A to B. In recent years I’ve moved to Audi. My first A3 (fwd) was a real sports car in comparison. I recently replaced it with an 8 y.o. A4 quattro that can get 30 mpg and puts a smile on my face every time I get in. I had an MG-TF and an AH 3000 in my college years, then as a mason contractor drove trucks. Now, in retirement with grown kids, I find I still enjoy a vehicle designed for performance and handling. Nice to be in a sedan again, too! Sadly, a Tesla will not be in my future….

  10. We have owned multiple Volvo sedans (S40’s, S60’s, S80’s) and 2 wagons, (V70’s). Have never been interested in jumping on the SUV bandwagon. The wagons are better handling, better for in town driving and parking, are more economical to own, hold more cargo, and are easier for our dogs to jump in and out of. I am open to either the V60 or V90 X-Country wagons as replacements though. Both are beautiful vehicles. We are being forced to look at the SUV because of being surrounded by SUV’s and pick-up trucks in traffic, which are hard to see around if you are driving a traditional sedan or wagon.

    1. We use our 2009 XC70 for hauling firewood, carrying our canoe, and snowstorms when our Prius can’t manage the roads. The low profile of the wagons is very valuable, to say nothing of the ability to reach over the roof, to wash it or to tie down a load. Try loading a lawnmower into the back of an SUV! (Years ago, there was a very popular Camry station wagon; discontinued of course!)

  11. So sad that Volvo is ending such a long and well-loved history of station wagons. The newest V60 and V90s are insanely attractive cars, and it kinda breaks my heart that America has gone this SUV crazy. I’ll be holding on to my 2002 Volvo wagon as long as I can (hopefully for life) and I look forward to buying another someday. Too bad it’ll never be a new one!

    1. I am so happy I got my Volvo V60 Cross Country before it “disappeared.” I have never had so beautiful and functional a car. It’s chock full of every imaginable safety and convenience factor. I would love it even more if it were electric, but when I looked into the situation, I couldn’t find enough charging stations to make it practical for the few places we are interested in travelling. I would always be afraid of running out of power or having to wait in long lines for the few charging stations I could find. If that situation is resolved, then an ecar that looked and worked like my V60 would be appealing. The main thing for me is the height of the car. We have a Subaru Outback that we really like, but I am too short to get the canoe on top of the car, and sometimes I like to go out on my own in my Hornbeck canoe. I had to use a foot-stool to get it onto the Outback. Stations wagons—lovely vehicles. Does no one want them anymore or is it a matter of having to get a tall car to be able to see and be seen over all the other tall vehicles?

  12. It is disappointing that car manufacturers do not want to sell cars to the average person who need a car less than $17k. Especially since these are the individuals who are hit the hardest due to the COVID issues. Also for the individuals, like myself, who live in cities were parking is limited. I have been driving a Honda Fit since 2007. First living in New York and now in Boston. The Honda Fit is the perfect commuter car and can park in so many spots that other cars can not fit. Parking a SUV in the city is practically impossible. So where do individuals like me go for a car now?

  13. 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!

  14. 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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