While we’re languishing in our lounge or beach chairs this summer, enjoying our leisure time without stressing over such things as what cars are biting the dust in the near future, maybe we’ll be dismayed, amazed or shake our heads in agreement over the ones on this list.
Some have been a long time getting to the chopping block, while others are somewhat of a surprise. There are some that will return in a different guise or get another name or be replaced by a new model with a new name. Some are being refined, taking a hiatus and possibly going to return somewhere down the line.
One thing is certain: this list is not all-inclusive. Expect more models to join the discontinued list as the all-discerning and very influential consumers make their judicious choices.
EV – Also on Honda’s chopping block at the end of this year is the Honda Fit EV. Don’t expect the Fit EV to be gone forever, however, as sales of electric vehicles are expected to increase in coming years. That coupled with the fact that the regular Honda Fit is a strong seller points to a possible return for the Fit EV sometime down the line.
Sedan and Wagon – Meant to appeal to performance-minded luxury sedan and wagon buyers, but failing to do so in large enough numbers to warrant keeping them around, the Cadillac CTS-V sedan and wagon are going to that dustbin in the sky for 2015. The -V coupe, however, sticks around for a while, even as Cadillac plans V-Series cars based on the ATS coupe.
Convertible – While the Chrysler 200 sedan is an attention-getter and a good selling model, the convertible (ragtop and hardtop) haven’t garnered sufficient sales to keep them around. So Chrysler is dropping them from the lineup come 2015.
– The midsize crossover SUV has a lot going for it, but, and this is a surprise, the Dodge Durango is heading out to pasture in 2015. That means it won’t return as a 2016 model. According to a report in Fortune, the three-row, seven-passenger crossover may be reconfigured into a Jeep, emphasis on maybe.
– In a case where one sibling wins out over the other, the Dodge Grand Caravan minivan is leaving the family, with the Chrysler Town & Country the only one left at the table. The Grand Caravan won’t be around for the 2016 model year, making the 2015 model the last one to buy – if you’re in the market for it.
– The odd (or quirky, depending on your point of view) cube-shaped Nissan Cube is quietly biting the dust at the end of the 2014 model year. The Cube never quite achieved the consumer enthusiasm that the has managed to garner. So, the Cube is, as it were, being put on ice.
– In a similar fashion to the Nissan Cube, although far less strange of a design, the Scion xD – slotted somewhere between the xB and the iQ city car, never made it in the marketplace. Ergo, it’s gone at the end of this year.
EV – Saying it intends to focus on development of its hybrid and fuel cell vehicles, Toyota is bidding adieu to the RAV4 EV.
– A competent rock-crawler SUV that got good reviews and a loyal consumer following, the Toyota FJ Cruiser is another vehicle whose time has come and gone. Therefore, the FJ Cruiser goes to that highway in the sky at the end of 2014.