While the industry’s ongoing supply and demand issues may reduce a particular dealer’s inventory when the 2022 model year rolls around, savvy consumers should still make a big buck by buying cars that will be discontinued.
Usually, models end up on the reduced list due to a sharp drop in sales, but some great cars end up being victims of changing consumer preferences.
The comfortable but no-nonsense ILX luxury sedan is being phased out later this year. Although not its official replacement, the new entry into Acura’s lineup will be the 2023 Integra, which is a sportier model and will revive the much-loved sedan from Acura’s US launch in 1986.
The downsized (and undersold) flagship car makes its final run in 2022 and has no replacement planned. This is the second time the NSX has been discontinued – the first being in 2005.
It was reintroduced as a high-performance hybrid racer in its launch year, 2017. The two-seater gives way to a limited-production model of the S-Type that has 600 horsepower generated by gasoline and electricity.
Chevy’s smallest vehicle, the subcompact Spark hatchback, will be discontinued this fall due to declining sales. Added to the list in 2013, the Spark remains one of the most affordable cars in the US, where it retails for less than $15,000. Sadly, it’s also one of the least powerful models on the road at 98 horsepower, not to mention one of the most basic with standard windows. The aforementioned Trax SUV is expected to recover the Spark’s lost sales.
Imported from India starting with the 2018 model year to fill a gap in Ford’s SUV lineup, the smallest vehicle in the brand’s showrooms will be phased out of the U.S. market at the end of the year. As with most vehicles on this list, sales are a problem, and buyers seem to be losing interest in small cars and SUVs.
Is it possible that the model name is widely used, or maybe it is cursed? This is the third electric model in the past two decades to be called the Insight – currently a sedan with a hybrid engine – which will be phased out at the end of 2022.
Small cars remain a dying breed, and the Accent is the latest victim. Hyundai expects its small Hall SUV to absorb sales of the regular Accent.
An all-electric version of the Ioniq has already been ruled out for 2022, and hybrid and plug-in versions are expected to disappear from Hyundai showrooms in 2023. However, the Ioniq name will not disappear, instead being used for the automaker’s new brand. electricity. The entry-level model, the Ioniq 5 compact crossover SUV, is now on sale in the United States.
Hyundai Veloster N
Hyundai has dropped a few more versions of the Veloster sports sedan for 2022 and will finish the job by killing off the high-performance 275-horsepower N version this season.
Launched in the US in 2011 to compete in the then-burgeoning sedan segment, the Volkswagen Passat has been something of a standout despite its spacious cabin and sporty nature. It’s being discontinued this year, with a limited-edition model being offered, with its place in the VW lineup being taken by the more plainly styled Arteon sedan.
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