The collection of new cars for sale is constantly changing with the latest introductions and discontinuations. While all-new cars generate a lot of hype, automakers usually stay quiet when they end production of a vehicle. As a result, buyers often don’t realize they’re gone until it’s too late.
These discontinued models often take a hit due to slow sales. But not all choices are bad. Edmunds automotive experts highlight five notable models that are on the way out. This list is sorted by manufacturer’s suggested retail price and includes destination charge.
The Accent has long served as Hyundai’s smallest and most affordable model. The sedan, once offered as a hatchback, had a long run in the U.S., but buyers have largely lost interest in small cars. The Hyundai Venue, a small SUV, will be the brand’s most affordable vehicle after the Accent is discontinued.
The current Accent is an excellent choice for an inexpensive commuter car or perhaps as a first car for a young driver. It has a comfortable ride and a spacious interior – two qualities that are not always found in a car of this price. Of course, there are some drawbacks, including limited technical capabilities and unsupported seats. If you’re considering that option, go for the SEL trim with the larger touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity.
Starting MSRP: $17,740
The EcoSport has only been available since the 2018 model year and has always been at the bottom of Edmunds’ SUV rankings. And since small SUVs don’t sell that well, it’s no surprise that Ford ditched them. This is the smallest and most inexpensive SUV of the brand. If the EcoSport is discontinued after 2022, the much better Escape will be Ford’s smallest SUV.
If you’re looking for a small SUV, you should probably look at one of the EcoSport’s rivals, or if you’ve got the budget for one, get the Escape instead. When Edmunds tested it, our team complained about its poor ride quality, disappointing fuel economy and lack of advanced driver aids. Plenty of cargo space and an easy-to-use touchscreen interface are the only advantages here.
Starting MSRP: $23,335
Like the EcoSport above, the Encore is a tiny and affordable SUV that Buick introduced for the 2013 model year in hopes of attracting younger buyers to the brand. However, it was never very competitive. Don’t let the badge fool you: The Encore isn’t as luxurious as other Buicks, hence its relatively low price tag. We like its quiet cabin and outward visibility, but when compared to the competition, it lacks cargo space and features, and it’s not as economical.
However, there is a silver lining. A few years ago, Buick introduced the similarly sized Encore GX. The GX might look like a trim, but it’s actually a completely different model, and it’s a more compelling choice for a small SUV thanks to its spacious interior and balanced ride and handling. When you shop for Buicks, look for the GX model.
Starting MSRP: $25,795
It’s a shame that Mercedes decided to discontinue the A-Class after the 2022 model year, because it’s one of Edmunds’ top-rated small luxury sedans. Fortunately, the very similar CLA sedan and GLA SUV will be on sale and are similar in size and price. They are also just as good and have virtually the same interior and specs.
The A-Class is Mercedes’ most affordable model at the moment, but boasts excellent build quality, luxury and technology found in the brand’s larger and more expensive models. It’s fun and easy to drive, and it has a useful voice control system. As with most small sedans, rear legroom is a bit tight, but overall it’s a great entry-level luxury sedan to pick up on the way out.
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Starting MSRP: $35,000
You’d think that discontinuing the Avalon would make non-luxury large sedans even more scarce, but it’s being replaced by a hybrid sedan called the Crown. Avalon’s departure may come as a shock to some because it has been around since the mid-1990s and has been a reliable source of transportation for many families over the years.
The Avalon performed well in Edmunds testing. Not only is it very comfortable, but it’s also very enjoyable to drive thanks to its quick handling, strong V6 and smooth shifting. The large sedan also boasts a sophisticated interior and offers plenty of technology. One of its few downsides is limited rear headroom.
Starting MSRP: $37,920
With many buyers preferring large SUVs and crossovers, it’s no surprise that small SUVs and sedans made the list. That narrows down the choices for buyers, but you can’t fault automakers for delivering what’s wanted.
This story was provided to the Associated Press by the automotive website Edmunds.
Michael Cantu is an Edmunds contributor.