Every year vehicles come and go, depending on the current consumer trends. Some vehicles stick around for several years with a few minor changes, while the others are discontinued immediately after their popularity drops down. Some are desired for their powerful engine and excellent horsepower or are seen by car enthusiasts as classic because of their body style.
The majority of the automobiles are popular when launched. However, time moves on, and so do the car creators to create better features and newer designs. So here’s a comprehensive look at the cars, SUVs, and trucks that will be discontinued by 2020 to accommodate more modern versions.
The Chevrolet Impala is one of the most popular cars in the United States. It has long been known for offering a balanced and soft ride, abundant cargo and passenger space, and an excellent predicted reliability rating. This impeccable car made its first appearance in 1958 as a top trim for Bel-Air and has been prominently featured in pop culture.
Recently, General Motors announced that it would completely discontinue the production of Impala in 2020. In the final year of production, the Chevrolet Impala will see an increase in price, approximately up to $3,600. Even after discontinuation, Chevrolet will continue to sell the repair parts of the vehicle to meet the requirements of the customers.
One of the highest-rated compact cars in the United States, the Chevrolet Cruze has been known for its extended standard features, comfortable seats, excellent gas mileage, and a smooth ride.
When the Cruze was introduced, it rivaled segment leaders such as Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic, and by 2015, Chevrolet had sold around 3.5 million Cruze cars. However, with declining sales and the arrival of new SUVs and crossovers, General Motors has decided to discontinue Cruze.
The Ford Fiesta has been one of the best-driving and the most promising subcompact models in the market. It was launched in 2011 as a stylish small sedan and then later in 2013 added ST-Line trim levels. Over the years, the Fiesta has offered agile handling, user-friendly technology, and solid engines. All in all, this subcompact car is perfect for people looking for exceptional driving experience and fuel economy.
Ford made a game-changing decision recently to discontinue the ‘Ford Fiesta’ as it is focusing more on producing more trucks and SUVs.
The Audi TT first appeared in the year 1995 at the Frankfurt Motor Show as one of the concept cars. Later in 1998, the car was available at dealers. It is a two-door sleek sports coupe with a low profile and sweeping lines. It was available in front-wheel drive, Quattro four-wheel drive, and MacPherson struts in the independent suspension.
The Audi TT offers multiple engine configurations, starting from 168 horsepower to 355 horsepower. It also accelerates from a dead stop and produces up to 60 mph speed in just 4.7 seconds. While this model won’t be manufactured anymore, it will be replaced by the all-new electric model, which is exciting news.
Another car that we won’t get to see anymore is the Chevrolet Volt. In 2007, the Volt was introduced at the North American International Auto Show as a concept car. And then, in 2010, it was available at dealers and was known as the car of the century.
The most interesting feature of Chevrolet Volt is that it runs on battery and only when it runs out, it starts using gasoline engine, making it a great option for those who want to reduce their carbon footprint. However, with the announcement of the cost-cutting campaign, GM decided to stop producing the Chevrolet Volt and are said to be working on all-electric vehicles.
The four-door full-sized luxury sedan, Jaguar XJ, has been in production for five decades. The 2019 Jaguar XJ model boasts a 3-liter V6 engine with 340 horsepower and all-wheel drive. It also features a panoramic sunroof, luxurious interior with comfortable seats, meridian audio system, and touchscreen infotainment with GPS.
Recent news suggests that the XJ will be replaced by all-electric models and will compete head-on with the battery-powered Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S sedans.
The Buick LaCrosse replaced Century and Regal and first appeared on the market in 2005. It is a four-door sedan, which boasts all the features of a larger car. In 2017, the Buick LaCrosse model was completely redesigned and powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 310 horsepower. It also came with an eight-speed transmission and was available in an all-wheel drive.
As compared to other sedans, it is comfortable and roomy and offers a smooth ride, extra plush seating, and a quiet interior. In the meantime, GM has already decided to discontinue LaCrosse by 2020, while closing the GM Detroit-Hamtramck plant where it was manufactured.
In 2016, the Buick decided to launch a new soft-top convertible Cascada after a 25-year hiatus. The Cascada features a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine with 200 horsepower in the front-wheel-drive vehicle. Also, the car allows you to lower and raise the top within 17 to 19 seconds.
After being manufactured in the United States for four years with declining sales results, the convertible Cascada experiment is over. Buick won’t produce and sell Casacada’s anymore. Now, Buick is just left with the Regal series.
BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo
Also known as the F34, BMW 3 Gran Turismo is a hatchback that comes with five doors and a fastback. As compared to the other F models, F34 has a better wheelbase. It also features a full-sized rear seat that could easily accommodate up to three adults. It was launched back in 2013 at the 83rd Geneva International Motor Show. It was available in a gas engine, straight-6, and inline-4 turbocharged diesel, along with the all-wheel drive.
In the year 2020, the Grand Turismo will be discontinued because it has been consistently taken down by its rivals, and the odd combination of sedan and wagon doesn’t fit the BMW aesthetic that well.
The Cadillac boasts a range of high-class full-size luxury cars, which have never failed to impress the buyers. In 2013, the Cadillac introduced the XTS model and replaced the classic Cadillac DeVille, DTS, and STS. It features four-doors, a luxurious interior, a spacious cabin, and robust engines.
The Cadillac did not make any significant changes to 2019 XTS, making it one of the least desired cars. And now, with the introduction of the CT model, Cadillac has also decided to discontinue the XTS.
Smart EQ Fortwo
The Smart EQ Fortwo is unlike any other electric car. It features unique amenities such as 15-inch wheels, a smart lighting package, and black leather seats. This car is specially designed to quickly zip around difficult to find parking spaces and heavy downtown traffic. It is powered by an electric engine that produces up to 80 horsepower, which is perfect for traveling within the city, but not for long trips.
Unfortunately, this affordable and efficient car will not be produced in America anymore because people just don’t feel safe enough in these little cars, especially when driving on highways.
The Ford Taurus was first introduced in 1986 and was one of the unique inventions of Ford. From the years 2005 to 2007, the Taurus was briefly renamed as Five Hundred, but within a short span, it was given back its original nameplate.
This sedan is affordable and features a large trunk and a comfortable ride. It was also amongst the best-selling cars between the years 1992 and 1996, but since then the sales have been dramatically reduced, which is the biggest reason to discontinue the model.
The Cadillac CTS is a luxury midsize car that was manufactured and marketed by General motors from the years 2003 to 2019. This car features agile handling, crisp steering, and rewarding driving experience with its V8 engine that produces up to 640 horsepower.
The 2019 Cadillac also offers onboard Wi-Fi hotspot and excellent infotainment features that premium buyers expect. The CTS will go out of production in January and will be replaced by the CT5 and CT6 models. The CT5 is intended to replace the entry-level models, while the CT 6 will take over higher-end models.
The Volkswagen Beetle was launched in the year 1998 and was a genuine head-turner back in the days. But, as the years passed by, the Beetle lost its charm, and today, it ranks in the bottom of subcompact car class.
The most recent model of Volkswagen Beetle features well-weighted steering, composed ride, faster acceleration, and distinctive design. It also comes with several other weaknesses such as below-average fuel economy, unrefined automatic transmission, low predicted reliability rating, and more. The Volkswagen Beetle is being squashed in the United States so that it can be replaced with better versions in the coming years.
Another model of Volkswagen, the Golf, won’t stick around in 2020. The current version of this compact car features agile handling, easy-to-use tech features, plenty of cargo space, and a smooth ride. So the drivers who are looking for spirited performance, the Golf is the best option for them.
The Volkswagen Golf is being discontinued because it provides a low predicted reliability rating and is no longer a contender for the top spot anymore. Ever since 1965, the year 2020 will be the first year in which VW won’t produce a wagon.
Volkswagen Golf R
Volkswagen is stopping the production of Golf R because they want to focus more on producing a new generation and promising model. The Golf R has been one of the most practical and affordable hatchbacks. Also, it is the most powerful vehicle in its class and features athletic styling and a robust engine to satisfy the needs of buyers.
In 2015, the Golf R received a complete makeover, and the 2019 model comes with 40 different color options and a new black wheel with 19-inches rims. So if you are looking for a hot hatch, there is nothing better than the Volkswagen Golf R.
The Volkswagen Touareg made its debut in the year 2002 and has survived in the United States for 16 years. It boasts standard driver assistance features, reclining rear seats, easy-to-operate infotainment system, a comfortable ride, and a high-end interior. However, the below-average engine drops down the value of this midsize luxury car.
Volkswagen has decided to discontinue the Touareg in the U.S market as they are planning to come up with newer and better versions. In Europe, the Touareg continues to survive with a fresh new look.
Toyota Corolla iM
The Toyota Corolla iM is a compact car that comes with a good reliability rating, strong engine options, and beautiful interiors. The most recent version of the Corolla iM features excellent gas mileage, ample cargo space, responsive touch screen, and more. Overall, this car provides satisfactory performance.
Similar to the iA, the Corolla iM started as one of the products of Scion. And now, with the Toyota badge, the manufacturing of the iM will stop to make way for new and improved models of Corolla.
Toyota Prius C.
The Toyota Prius C is a subcompact car. The biggest selling points of this car include excellent predicted reliability rating, outstanding gas mileage, superb tech features, and ample cargo space. However, the languid acceleration and low-quality cabin sink it to the bottom of other electric and hybrid classes.
With no significant updates since its introduction in 2012, Toyota canceled the production of Prius C so that it could be replaced in the showrooms by the new Corolla Hybrid in the year 2019.
The Nissan Juke started selling in the U.S. in the 2011 model year. It is popularly known for its sporty performance, stylish looks, and available AWD capabilities. It also boasts impressive fuel economy estimates, but for that, you have to use premium fuel. Most rivals out there cannot match the driving dynamics and functionality of Juke.
The United States market will not get this compact crossover SUV anymore as Nissan has decided to replace it with the all-new Kicks, which is a capable multi-activity and dynamic vehicle.
Nissan Titan Diesel
The Nissan Titan Diesel XD was first introduced in the United States in 2016. This full-size pickup truck comes with a bold design and capabilities of a heavy-duty hauler and the affordability of a light-duty pickup. It features a 5.6-liter V8 engine, a comfortable and quiet interior, smooth ride, and an attractive cabin. However, the Titan lags behind its class rivals when it comes to feature availability, ride quality, and cabin space.
As per recent reports, Nissan is discontinuing its diesel-powered Titan XD truck because of declining sales. A gasoline-powered model will replace the Nissan Titan diesel pickup.
Nissan Rogue Hybrid
The Nissan Rogue Hybrid is a small crossover SUV, which is available in SL and SV trims. It is powered by a four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine and paired with an electric motor that produces up to 176 horsepower. It also delivers a smooth ride, excellent safety scores, along with an upscale cabin. However, the grabby brakes and lackluster acceleration hinders the performance of the SUV.
For the model year 2020, the Nissan Rogue Hybrid will be discontinued due to reduced sales. However, it’s competitor Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, and both plug-in hybrid and hybrid editions of 2020 Ford Escape are on the way.
The Fiat 500 is a decent car that quickly makes its way through congested city streets. It comes with easy maneuverability and is excellent for daily driving. The shortcomings of the Fiat 500 include a low-grade and cramped cabin with small cargo and passenger space. Also, its rivals have better fuel efficiency.
Fiat has decided to discontinue the production of the current generation Fiat 500 hatchback, including high-performance and convertible Abarth models. However, the larger 500L, as well as the 500X sports-utility crossover, will stay in the United States market.
Along with the 500, Fiat also says goodbye to the battery-powered hatchback version Fiat 500e. In 2010, the electric 500e made its first appearance at the Detroit Auto Show and then officially went on sale in 2012. It is quieter and smoother than the Fiat 500 and is powered by an electric motor that produces up to 111 horsepower.
On the inside, the 500e boasts faux-leather upholstery, automatic climate control, a user-friendly infotainment system, a digital gauge display, and navigation. When compared to other electric cars, the 500e is less appealing and only delivers 84-mile range, which is way behind other competitors.
Ford C-Max Hybrid
After six years of a sharp drop in customer demand, Ford has now decided to discontinue the C-Max Hybrid. It was launched in the United States in 2012 and has been known for its quick acceleration, low ownership costs, excellent fuel economy, and a well-built cabin.
It also has a couple of drawbacks, including a small cargo hold and fewer safer safety features than most of its rivals. The Ford C-Max hybrid is powered by a four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine and an electric motor that produces up to 188 horsepower.
Ford killed its entire car lineup, including the Focus, which was one of the best-selling vehicles in the United States. Earlier, it was reported that Ford would at least keep the Active model in America, but the company later decided to discontinue the model to make way for new models.
The Focus was the best option for people who wanted a compact and sporty car. This car has plenty of strengths, including excellent handling, above-average predicted reliability rating, spacious front seats, powerful engines, and a comfortable ride even on uneven surfaces. It also has a few weaknesses, which include limited head and legroom in rear seats and hesitant dual-clutch transmission.
Ford Fusion Sport
The Ford Fusion Sport was introduced in the United States in 2005 and ranked amongst the top midsize car class. This car has many highlights, including a roomy interior with five seats, advanced safety features, available all-wheel drive, available touch-screen, and zippy turbocharged engines. But, it also comes with a few drawbacks such as poor fuel economy, outdated infotainment system, and a lackluster base engine.
Ford Motor Company recently announced that it would discontinue the Fusion Sport trim for the 2020 model year, focusing more on providing popular models. However, the other versions of the sedan will still be available until 2021.
The Lincoln MKT is a luxury midsize SUV that comes with a spacious cabin and a punchy turbocharged engine. As compared to other luxury vehicles, the MKT finishes near the bottom because of its outdated interior styling, clumsy handling features, and poor fuel economy. Over the years, there were hardly any updates in the car, which lowered its value in the U.S market.
Ford is discontinuing the Lincoln MKT because they have a larger strategy to replace or revamp 75% of its cars by the end of the model year 2020.
Nissan 370Z Roadster
The Nissan 370Z Roadster has been known to deliver great performance as compared to average SUVs and sedans. However, being a sports car, its athleticism is not enough. Also, it offers outdated technology and old-looking interior. The most appreciated part of this car is the easy-to-use infotainment system.
Since 2009, Nissan 370Z Roadster has hardly seen any updates. Therefore, Nissan has decided to discontinue the 370Z Roadster for the model year 2020. However, the old Nissan 370Z coupe will continue to live on and will be sold alongside the 50th Anniversary Edition coupes and Nismo in 2020.
Mercedes-AMG SL 63
The Mercedes-AMG SL 63 is a great luxury cruiser that delivers high-performance and features a V8 engine with 577 horsepower and a dual-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission. It also comes with other performance upgrades, including stronger brakes and a limited-slip differential.
Followed by axing the V12-powered SL 65 last year, Mercedes is now retiring the SL 63. They are currently working on producing a new generation of the SL-class to replace the versions that were introduced back in the model year 2013.
Chevrolet Equinox Diesel
The Chevrolet Equinox is one of the best compact SUV cars, which is popularly known for its stellar fuel economy, easy-to-use tech features, and capable handling. Additionally, it also offers a smooth ride and a user-friendly infotainment system. The Equinox lags when it comes to areas like cargo space and interior quality.
The diesel model of the Chevrolet Equinox won’t stick around for the year 2020. It is reported that the slow sales forced Chevrolet to discontinue the diesel version. However, the current Chevrolet Equinox isn’t going anywhere.
Chevrolet City Express
The Chevrolet City Express is a small work van, which was marketed under a partnership with Nissan. Recently, General Motors decided to discontinue the City Express because of the reduced sales. Ever since its debut in 2014, Chevrolet has sold fewer than 30,000 examples of the City Express.
This work van was specially designed for businesses in urban areas that required spacious contract vans to carry goods from one place to another. The best features of the City Express include high towing capacity, available all-wheel drive, and several powertrain options. When compared to its competition, the Express provides high-tech work features and also doesn’t drive as well as the other passenger vans.
Cadillac ATS Sedan
From offering value and performance to a stellar design, ATS was never a disappointment. It featured a trio of powerful engine options and agile handling. But it also had a few drawbacks, including cramped cabins, low-quality interiors, poor predicted reliability rating, and less trunk space.
After six years of production, General Motors decided to discontinue the Cadillac ATS because of lackluster sales, extensive plant upgrades, and the re-tooling and expansion needed to prepare for the next generation Cadillac sedans. However, the ATS coupe will be produced for a few more years.
The BMW i8 was introduced in 2015 and is popularly known for its stylish spaceship design. It also features a futuristic powertrain, making it easier to drive around town. It also has a couple of lows, for instance, the quality of the cabin is not up to the mark, and it does not perform as well as the other top sports cars.
BMW decided to cease the production of BMW i8 in April 2020 because ever since its introduction, it received only a few minor upgrades and never found success in the crowded segment.
BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo
The BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo is a large luxury car that comes with an assortment of powerful engines, ample cargo space, and a high-end interior. The major drawback of the Gran Turismo is that its rear seat is cramped.
With the arrival of the 8 Series, BMW has decided to discontinue the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo. The BMW 6 Series GC version stuck around for a longer time than the 6 Series GT version, which only survived for two years in the lineup.
Audi A3 Cabriolet
The Audi A3 is positioned somewhere in the middle of the luxury small car rankings. It is loaded with powerful and fun-to-drive features, but its cabin is not as luxurious as some of its class rivals and suffers from poor predictability rating. It also boasts lively engines, ample tech features, excellent handling, and a comfortable ride.
For the model year 2020, Audi has decided to discontinue the Audi A3 Cabriolet. However, the Audi A3 hardtop will stick around.
Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe
When the Alfa Romeo 4C was introduced, it vowed everyone with its go-kart-like performance and a gorgeous profile. It features a four-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces up to 237 horsepower, and its speed reaches up to 60 miles per hour in just 4.2 seconds.
Three years AFTER its debut, Alfa Romeo has decided to discontinue the model for the North American market. However, the Alfa Romeo convertible will stay for another few years.
The Lincoln MKC is a compact luxury SUV that stands out as one of the best values, especially when it comes to standard features and low base price. It delivers a smooth ride and boasts ample user-friendly tech features. However, when compared to rivals, Lincoln MKC has less cargo and passenger space, and the engine is also not overly energetic.
The Lincoln MKC was launched in 2014 and is the last edition of the compact SUV produced by the Lincoln Motor Company. For the model year 2020, the Lincoln MKC will be completely redesigned and renamed as the Lincoln Corsair.
The Infiniti QX30 is a small crossover car, which has been sold and manufactured by the luxury brand of Nissan since 2016. The best features of Infiniti QX30 include a robust fuel economy and a classy cabin with high-quality materials. It also has several drawbacks, including cramped back seats, below-average predicted reliability rating, and small cargo capacity as compared to its rivals.
Due to slow sales, Nissan is discontinuing the production of Infiniti QX30 and other diesel-powered models as well.
Lexus GS 300
The Lexus GS 300 is a well-rounded midsize luxury car. The GS 300 is the entry-level model of the GS series, which is powered by a four-cylinder engine and features power-adjustable front seats, synthetic leather upholstery, a moonroof, and dual-zone automatic climate control. It also comes with a large number of advanced safety features. One of the major drawbacks of GS 300 is that it has a distracting and frustrating infotainment system.
Lexus has confirmed that they will discontinue the production of GS 300 in the United States, which means there will only be two sedan models left — the GS F and the GS 350.