If there are two words that can attract the attention of enthusiastic shoppers, it is “clearance sale”.
The auto industry traditionally celebrates each new model year in early fall, as shipments of shiny new models begin arriving at dealerships. Although the industry’s ongoing supply and demand issues may limit remaining dealer stock as the 2022 model year draws to a close, astute consumers should still be able to get some great deals on discontinued vehicles. Typically, models end up on the corporate chopping block due to sharply declining sales, but some otherwise worthy vehicles simply fall victim to changing consumer preferences.
This year’s fleet of discontinued cars and SUVs range from mild (a 98-horsepower Chevrolet Spark) to wild (Acura’s NSX with 600 horses), but you’ll have to act fast if you want to drive one of these last-chance vehicles. Home before they all go:
The comfortable but otherwise bland ILX compact luxury sedan has been dropped for 2023. While not officially its replacement, the new point-of-entry in the Acura lineup will be the 2023 Integra, a much-loved resurrected much-sportier model. Nameplate from Acura’s US launch in 1986.
The brand’s low-slung (and slow-selling) supercar is taking its final lap for 2022 with no replacement scheduled. This is the second time the NSX has received an axle, with the original iteration running from 1991-2005. It was brought back for 2017 as an advanced hybrid speedster. The two-seater bows out with a limited-production Type S model that produces a brisk gas/electric-combined 600 horsepower.
Built in South Korea, the subcompact Buick Encore won’t be returning to American shores until next year. Sales have been declining since the introduction of the similarly sized, but more upmarket Encore GX for 2020. Some sources indicate a close relationship with the Encore, the Chevrolet Trax may either be phased out or replaced with a new model a year down the road.
Chevy’s smallest car, the sub-subcompact Spark hatchback, will be sent packing this fall due to declining sales. Added to the line in 2013, the Spark remains among the least expensive cars sold in the U.S. for less than $15,000. Unfortunately, it’s one of the least powerful vehicles on the road with a sluggish 98 horsepower, not to mention one of the most basic with roll-up windows coming standard. The aforementioned Trax SUV is expected to pick up the lost spark sales.
Imported from India since the 2018 model year to fill a gap in Ford’s SUV line-up, the smallest vehicle in Ford showrooms is said to be phased out of the US market at the end of the current model year. As with most vehicles on this list, dry sales are at issue, with buyers apparently losing interest in subcompact cars and SUVs.
Is it possible that the nameplate could be overused, or perhaps cursed? The third electrified model in the past two decades will be named the Insight – currently a hybrid-powered sedan – due to roll off the line at the end of the 2022 model year. It was originally a futuristic-looking two-door hybrid—the first in the United States—that was sold from 1999-2006; It then returned as a compact four-door gas/electric hatchback from 2010-2014.
Subcompact cars continue to be a dying breed, with the Accent the latest casualty. Hyundai expects its small Venue crossover SUV to absorb its modest sales volume.
The all-electric Ioniq is already slated for 2022, with hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions slated to hit Hyundai showrooms in 2023. However, the Ioniq name is not going away, instead it is being used for the automaker’s new product. The electric car sub-brand, with its initial entry, the Ioniq 5 compact crossover SUV, is already on sale.
Hyundai Veloster n
Hyundai dropped the smaller and more-passenger versions of the Veloster line for 2022, and will finish the job by killing off the remaining 275-horsepower high-performance N version this fall.
The largest and most luxurious Toyota sedan, once dubbed the “Japanese Buick” for its grandiose and effortless nature, won’t be returning to the U.S. until 2023, more than a quarter-century later, to be replaced by a more sophisticated hybrid-powered one. Generation crown, which carries the brand’s oldest nameplates, although it hasn’t been used on Toyotas sold here since 1972.
Debuting in the U.S. for the 2011 model year to compete in the then-booming midsize sedan segment, the Volkswagen Passat has been something of an outlier despite its roomy cabin and sporty nature. It’s exiting this year by offering a limited-edition model, its place in VW’s lineup secured by the more expressively styled Arteon sedan.