The collection of new vehicles for sale is constantly changing with all the latest introductions and removals. While all-new vehicles generate plenty of hype, automakers are usually quiet about discontinuing a vehicle. As such, buyers often don’t realize they’re gone until it’s too late.
These discontinued models often get the ax due to slow sales. But they are not all bad choices. Edmunds’ auto experts highlight five notable models on the road. This list is ordered 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 United States, but buyers have mostly lost interest in small cars. The Hyundai Venue, a small SUV, will become the brand’s lowest-priced vehicle once the Accent is discontinued.
The current Accent is a good choice for an inexpensive commuter car or perhaps as a young driver’s first car. It has a comfortable ride and a spacious cabin, two qualities not always found in a vehicle at this price. There are of course some downsides, including limited tech features and unsupportive seats. If you’re considering one, opt for the SEL trim for the larger touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity.
Manufacturer’s suggested retail price: $17,740
The EcoSport has only been available since the 2018 model year, and it spent its entire time toward the bottom of Edmunds’ SUV rankings. And since small SUVs don’t sell as well, it’s no surprise that Ford is abandoning it. It is the smallest and cheapest SUV of the brand. When 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 competitors, or if you’ve got the budget for it, get the Escape. When Edmunds tested it, our team complained about its poor ride quality, disappointing fuel economy and lack of advanced driver aids. Ample loading space and easy-to-use touchscreen interface are the only highlights here.
Starting MSRP: $23,335
Like the EcoSport above, the Encore is a small 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. We like its quiet cabin and outward visibility, but compared to its rivals, it lacks cargo space and features, and it’s not as fuel-efficient.
However, there is a silver lining. A few years ago Buick introduced the similarly sized Encore GX. The GX might sound like a trim level, but it’s actually a completely different model, and it’s a more exciting choice for a small SUV thanks to its roomy interior and balanced ride and handling. If you’re shopping for Buicks, look for the GX model.
Starting MSRP: $25,795
It’s unfortunate that Mercedes decided to discontinue the A-Class after the 2022 model year, because it’s one of Edmunds’ highest-rated small luxury sedans. Fortunately, the very similar CLA sedans and GLA SUVs will be around and are similar in size and price. They are also just as good and have almost identical internals and features.
The A-Class is currently Mercedes’ most affordable model, but it boasts the excellent build quality, luxury and technology found in the brand’s larger and more expensive models. It’s fun to drive and comfortable and has a useful voice command system. As with most small sedans, rear legroom is a little tight, but overall, this is a great entry-level luxury sedan to get on the way out.
Starting MSRP: $35,000
You might think the Avalon’s discontinuation would make non-luxury large sedans even rarer, but it’s being replaced by a high-driving 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 tests. Not only is it very comfortable, but it’s also very enjoyable to drive thanks to the responsive handling, powerful V6 and smooth-shifting gearbox. The large sedan also has a refined interior and offers plenty of technology. One of its minor flaws is limited rear headroom.
Starting MSRP: $37,920
With many buyers preferring fairly large SUVs and crossovers, it’s no surprise that small SUVs and sedans make this list. That limits the number of choices for buyers, but you can’t blame automakers for supplying the demand.
This story was provided to The Associated Press by the automotive website Edmunds.
Michael Cantu is a partner at Edmunds and is on Instagram.