Cars Discontinued for 2021

More sedans, sports cars, and even a crossover head to the big scrapyard in the sky. The 2020 model year will be the last for more than 30 vehicles, an overwhelming majority of them sedans, coupes, convertibles, and hatchbacks. If you’re hoping to buy a new car that isn’t some sort of crossover or SUV, your options are dwindling. As we roll into the new year, let’s pour one out for the cars that didn’t make it.

2020 Acura RLX

We knew the RLX wasn’t long for this world. The TLX is a more affordable, better looking sedan and Acura barely sold 1,000 RLXs in 2019 (compared to over 50,000 examples of the MDX SUV). We’ll fondly remember its standard rear-wheel steering (amusingly acronym’d P-AWS, for Precision All-Wheel Steer) and available three-motor hybrid AWD system.

2020 Alfa 4C Spider

This isn’t a surprise, is it? Alfa Romeo discontinued the 4C coupe for 2019, and we had a suspicion the drop-top Spider would soon follow. At least it’s going out with a bang in the form of the Spider 33 Stradale Tributo limited edition. Its manual steering and carbon monocoque chassis are novel at such a modest price point, but it would be hard to blame someone for grabbing the keys to a Porsche 718 Boxster instead.

2020 Bentley Mulsanne

Ah, the Mulsanne. Bentley claims the new Porsche Panamera-based Flying Spur will take its place as the storied British automaker’s flagship sedan, but we all know it won’t be able to fill the Mulsanne’s leather-soled loafers. As lovely and impressive as that sedan is, it can’t truly replace the hefty, high-budget opulence of Bentley’s departing doe-eyed driver’s limousine. Oh, and get this: Bentley plans to replace the Mulsanne with an SUV.

2020 BMW i8, i8 Roadster

BMW’s concept car come to life, the i8, gained a convertible variant for 2019, only to get the axe for 2021. The i8’s rockstar styling and dramatic butterfly doors always seemed at odds with its relatively modest three-cylinder hybrid powertrain, and for similar money you could have an Acura NSX which is a superior sports car in nearly every way. Even so, it’s sad to see such a novel mid-engine stunner bite the dust.

2020 BMW M8 Coupe, M8 Convertible

In just its second model year, the BMW M8 lineup has been seriously thinned out. Originally offered in standard or Competition trim with coupe, convertible, and four-door Gran Coupe body styles, the 2021 M8 can only be had as a non-Comp Gran Coupe. They must not have sold as well as BMW had hoped, and now its collection of two-door M cars shrinks to just two.

2020 Buick Regal, Regal TourX

As happy as we are that 2021 marks the entrance of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class All Terrain and Audi A6 Allroad, it also represents the departure of a more affordable lifted wagon: the Buick Regal TourX. Buick is pulling the plug on the Regal Sportback, too, which means Buick is now an SUV-only automaker.

2020 Cadillac CT6, CT6-V

Cadillac’s largest sedan and its torque-rich, short-lived Blackwing twin-turbo V-8 are dead for 2021. Especially in Platinum spec, the CT6’s magnetic suspension, Super Cruise semi-autonomous tech, and 500 hp made for a compelling package. Evidently it wasn’t compelling enough to justify its near six-figure price tag.

2020 Chevrolet Sonic

The Sonic is (or rather, was) the larger of Chevy’s two subcompacts, and its departure means only the teeny-tiny Spark is left (probably because it is the cheapest car for sale in America). In any event, the Sonic marked a massive improvement over its Aveo predecessor and represents a solid execution of an inexpensive subcompact. After nine model years on the market, though, newer competitors forced Chevy to kill this capable compact.

2020 Chevrolet Impala

As the Chevy Impala gets the axe, the once ubiquitous full-size sedan segment shrinks to just five. Chevrolet’s big sedan isn’t a bad car—its comfortable ride, cavernous interior, and huge trunk are much appreciated—but evidently the price point and feature content are insufficient to lure buyers away from the Tahoes and Traverses on the same lot.

2020 Dodge Journey

Good riddance. In its final model year, the three-row Dodge Journey was only offered in one pathetic configuration: a gutless non-turbo four-cylinder, ancient four-speed automatic, and front-wheel drive. If you desperately needed three rows of seating and wanted a brand new vehicle, the Journey provided an affordable option, but we aren’t shedding any tears to see it go.

2020 Dodge Grand Caravan

Dodge kept the Grand Caravan around as a value proposition for minivan buyers (and, hey, it was very affordable), but the 2020 model was nearly the same as the first of the current-generation Grand Caravans that rolled off the line in 2008. Dodge did little to keep the Caravan relevant over its 12-year lifespan. Not to mention, as soon as Chrysler introduced the Voyager as a budget-minded version of its excellent modern Pacifica, we knew the Grand Caravan wouldn’t be on sale for much longer.

2020 Honda Civic Coupe

With 2020 as the final model year for the Honda Civic Coupe, the last of the two-door compacts bites the dust. Honda claims the Civic Hatchback has taken its place as the sporty bodystyle of the lineup—no doubt aided by the Civic Type R—and there is no longer sufficient demand for a coupe. It wasn’t any better than a Civic sedan but the world is a sadder place with one less affordable sport coupe.

2020 Honda Fit

This one hurts. We loved Honda’s subcompact Fit hatch enough to rank it at the top of its segment.  It is a fun, versatile, joyous little hatch that represents the peak of Honda’s packaging prowess. Honda even built an adorable fourth-gen model, but evidently there isn’t a business case for bringing it to the States.

2020 Hyundai Elantra GT

The Hyundai Elantra GT—especially in N Line guise—is a little-known affordable enthusiast’s pick that with an available manual transmission. But surprise, surprise, its role in the Hyundai lineup has been taken over by a crossover SUV. The automaker’s new Venue is similarly cheap and spacious, and with the high driving position and adventure-ready look buyer’s can’t get enough of, the Elantra GT didn’t stand a chance.

2020 Ferrari 488 Pista, Pista Spider

Ferrari has a history of building more focused versions of their mid-engine supercars—the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia, and 458 Speciale to name a few—and they tend to be scalpel sharp and exceptional to drive. The 488 Pista and Pista Spider did not break that tradition. These are viciously fast, confident, racetrack-ready thoroughbreds and the Ferrari stable isn’t quite the same without them. Of course, Ferrari included aspects of the Pista’s greatness in the new F8 Tributo, but if you’re looking for a hardened, lightened, ultra-athletic mid-engine Ferrari, you’ll have to wait a few years.

2020 Ferrari GTC4Lusso, GTC4Lusso T

The Ferrari GTC4Lusso is an unusual and sporting shooting brake, a wonderful example of the intersection of design and practicality that defines the bodystyle. Ferrari’s example is the closest thing the automaker offered to an SUV, complete with AWD and reasonable cargo carrying capability, plus an available naturally aspirated V-12 engine. We’re praying Ferrari gives us a replacement.

2020 Fiat 124 Spider

Arrivederci, Fiata. The Fiat 124 Spider is a Mazda MX-5 Miata-based lightweight roadster that swapped the Mazda’s high-revving, naturally aspirated inline-four for a punchy Fiat-sourced turbocharged unit for more low-end response. As a package, we prefer the Miata, but any loss of an affordable sports car with an available manual transmission is a sad one.

2020 Fiat 500L

Even though we have one staffer who will miss the 500L, most of us aren’t upset to see the odd Fiat go. In fact, most of us think of the blobfish 500L as an unreliable, unrefined, slow, ugly, horrible disappointment. The only sad part is that Fiat is now a one-vehicle automaker in the U.S., and its last remaining offering, the 500X, isn’t much better.

2020 Ford F-150 Raptor

Ford introduced a heavily refreshed F-150 for 2021 and we’re sad to say the rally-inspired, dune-dominating Raptor is taking a (hopefully) temporary sabbatical. For now at least, the best-performing F-150 is—get this—the new PowerBoost Hybrid variant. That said, if the Raptor’s exceptional sales figures are anything to go by, Ford will have a new one for us in no time.

2020 Ford Fusion

The Ford Fusion had a lot to offer. Its Aston Martin-esque grille is still distinctive eight years after its initial launch, and throughout its life cycle it offered a 325-hp AWD Sport variant plus hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains. As the Fusion exits Ford’s portfolio, the automaker that created modern car manufacturing no longer sells a single four-door sedan.

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, GT350R

Evidently there is only room for one Shelby Mustang in Ford showrooms, and that car is the supercharged 760-hp GT500. That means the naturally aspirated, manually shifted GT350 and GT350R are off to the big racetrack in the sky, and that’s a damn shame. We’ll remember the GT350’s rev-happy flat-plane Voodoo V-8 as one of the great engines of all time. At least we’re getting the 2021 Mustang Mach 1—not a direct replacement, but also nothing to shake a Tremec at.

2020 Jaguar XE

The Jaguar XE is a balanced, agile, undeniably handsome sport sedan that just couldn’t quite keep up with the best from Germany. The back seat is too small, the ride too busy. We adored the all-out bonkers XE SV Project 8, but it’s no surprise a limited production, near-$200k track special didn’t transform the XE into a money maker.23 / 31

2020 Jaguar XF Sportbrake

Honestly, we’re shocked this car made it to our shores in the first place. Americans notoriously prefer SUVs over low-slung wagons so it’s no surprise the XF Sportbrake didn’t last. Perhaps if Jaguar had jacked it up and added plasted fender cladding and AWD à la Volvo V90 Cross Country or Audi A6 Allroad, it would have stuck around.

2020 Lincoln Continental

This is a tough year for large American sedans; gone are the Cadillac CT6, Chevrolet Impala, and even the Lincoln Continental. We’ll fondly remember its 400-hp twin-turbo V-6 and stunning Coach Door Edition, but we can’t fault Lincoln for cutting the cord. We love sedans, but even we prefer the Navigator and Aviator.25 / 31

2020 Lincoln MKZ

Having been on sale since the 2013 model year, Lincoln needed to make a choice between redesigning or discontinuing its MKZ sedan. As is the trend for low-riding four-doors, Lincoln has opted for the latter. That’s probably for the best. The MKZ offers plenty of comfort and space, but sloppy handling and stronger competitors limit its appeal.26 / 31

2020 Lexus GS

The death of the GS is a bummer, but not a surprise. Lexus was building two midsize sedans—the rear-drive GS and the Avalon-based ES—and it makes sense that they’d keep the one that actually sells. That’s a shame, because the GS is an agile, balanced, delightfully well-rounded sport sedan.

2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon

Candidly, this is one of the losses a little easier to stomach this year. For 2021, Mercedes-Benz is no longer offering the E 450 4Matic wagon, replacing it with the lifted, SUV-like E 450 All-Terrain. Conventional wagon-lovers will need to shell out some more cash and accommodate the sport suspension and thunderous V-8 of the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S wagon.

2020 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Yes, Mercedes-Benz is working on a replacement, but the SL-Class as we know it is toast for 2021. From what we know about the 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL, we’re happy to go out with the old and in with the new. The current SL’s successor will ride on a next-gen AMG GT chassis and employ a collection of hybridized powertrains—we’re betting the strongest of the bunch will offer over 800 hp.

2020 Mercedes Benz SLC-Class

This will be the final model year for the smaller of the two roadsters in the Mercedes-Benz lineup. Its big sibling, the SL, will be redesigned for 2022 but we’re not expecting a return for the SLC. The death of the SLC (formerly called the SLK) means no more hardtop convertibles from Mercedes-Benz.

2020 Nissan 370Z

We wouldn’t blame anyone for getting sick of the 370Z; Nissan introduced the model for 2009 and even then, it was using an updated engine from its 350Z predecessor. This year, we got a look at the Nissan Z Proto, a fully redesigned, retro-inspired replacement with a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 in place of the naturally aspirated 3.5-liter lump that dates back to the mid 1990s. The 370Z’s replacement—presumably badged 400Z—can’t come soon enough.

2020 Toyota Yaris

Like the Honda Fit, the Toyota Yaris is a well-executed subcompact we’re sad to see exit the market. It is based on the (not-for-U.S.-consumption) Mazda 2 and offers great fuel efficiency and joyful lightweight driving dynamics, even if the styling is an acquired taste. Toyota’s closest remaining alternative is the slightly larger but just as entertaining Corolla Hatchback.

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