Ryan OlbryshCar and Driver
Trunks are an endangered species. While there are 19 cartage listed here—one of which will alone be on breather for a year—not one of them is a crossover. Okay, the Dodge Journey ability allegedly be a crossover, but it’s absolutely added like a front-drive zit with basement for five.
Every year, manufacturers abuse the archetypal mix to reflect the bazaar they apprehend to arrangement in the accessible year. Aloof like the cars discontinued aftermost year, 2021 will accompany far beneath two-door coupes and four-door sedans. It additionally agency beneath baby abridgement cars as they’re abolished by small, abridgement crossovers.
Will the apple be bigger for these changes? Let’s achievement 2021 is annihilation but joy and life. Because, well, we’re ailing of 2020, and we still accept a few months left.
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The Acura RLX has awash in horrifyingly bush numbers. During 2019 alone 1019 fabricated it into the easily of United States customers. Way aback in 1988, Acura awash 70,770 Legends, their V-6-powered ample affluence sedan. The already boss has fallen, and now it’s time to coffin it. So afterwards 35 assembly years, the Legend ancestors line, the aftermost of the aboriginal Acura models, will breathe its aftermost VTEC breath.
Alfa Romeo 4C
Likely the best uncompromised and best ambitious sports car available, it’s hardly hasty the Alfa Romeo 4C never awash in cogent numbers. In fact, the sales were hardly detectable. Alfa alone activate 144 buyers for the 4C Spider and extra 4C coupes in 2019. Sales so far during 2020? How about alone 71. Toyota has that abounding Corollas abatement off trains every week. And yet, there’s a assertive teary-eyed anguish about the 4C Spider’s passing. There may never be annihilation like it again.
In June, BMW congenital its aftermost i8 small-engine/big-battery sort-of supercar. Accessible as a auto or roadster, the i8 acclimated a Lilliputian 1.5-liter, three-cylinder centralized agitation agent commutual with a array backpack and electric motors to aftermath a absolute of 369 horsepower. Dang bashful for a car that looks this exotic, this futuristic, and this absolutely wicked. There will acceptable be addition car of this array in the BMW agenda soon, alike if it’s not alleged i8. Mostly acceptable it will appearance up aboriginal in the abutting Mission: Impossible cine with Tom Cruise active it to a doctor’s arrangement to accept his prostate checked.
The names still bell in American car culture: Fleetwood, DeVille, Seville. Names that agitated substance, presence, and authority wherever they went. A Cadillac auto meant success. But with a brainless name like CT6, this last—and one of the best—of the ample Cadillac sedans didn’t angle a chance. Not alike with the 4.2-liter, 550-hp, twin-turbocharged, DOHC, 32-valve, Blackwing V-8 beneath the awning of the CT6-V high-performance version. CT6 sales in the U.S. ailing in 2017 at 10,542 units. A affecting 7951 fabricated it through dealers in 2019. Sales for this big auto were bigger in China. Maybe anytime big sedans will acknowledgment as the bearing actuality aloft in crossovers rejects what their parents drove. Or maybe not.
The aftermost Chevrolet Impala was produced February 27, 2020, at General Motors’s Hamtramck bulb in Michigan. A bald few canicule later, the coronavirus hit. Coincidence? You decide.
Chevy has acclimated the Impala name on and off aback 1958, and it seems absurd this will be the end. It may aloof be too acceptable a name to abide application on some approaching free crossover pod.
Back in 2011, Chevrolet was attractive to auspiciously barrage the new Sonic subcompact. So, in the parking lot of California’s Magic Mountain action park, it had above pro skateboarder and then-MTV awareness Rob Dyrdek barrage one up into the air, do a abounding butt roll, acreage on addition ramp, and drive off. The Sonic was alien as a 2012 model. In best of the apple alfresco of the U.S., the aforementioned agent was artlessly the additional bearing of the yawn-inducing Aveo. Assembled in the aforementioned Lake Orion, Michigan, bulb as the all-electric Bolt, the Sonic was the alone auto car actuality busted calm in the U.S. The band bearing the Sonic will activate accumulating a new crossover-ish adaptation of the Bolt alleged the Bolt EUV in 2021.
Dodge Grand Caravan
The aftermost Dodge Grand Caravan, the fifth generation, was alien for the 2008 archetypal year and was ancient by about March 2010. It was a simple box powered at the end by Chrysler’s accustomed 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6. It was arrangement to buy, abundantly useful, and arrangement to hire at Enterprise. So, Dodge kept it about because why not? The Grand Caravan is actuality replaced by the Chrysler Pacifica, alien for 2017, and the de-contented adaptation of that beat minivan alien aftermost year, the Chrysler Voyager.
The minivan is dead. Continued alive the minivan.
C/D’s atomic admired SUV, the aftermost agent awash by Fiat Chrysler with a four-speed automated manual and a agent no one thinks about unless Avis doesn’t accept annihilation abroad at the airport, the Dodge Journey is assuredly dying. About accursed time.
Think of the Journey as a alpine wagon adaptation of the Dodge Avenger auto and afresh try and bethink what the Avenger looked like. It leaves assembly already bald of any V-6 or all-wheel-drive options. All 2020 Journeys are front-wheel drive and able with a 173-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The alone manual is the aftermost of Chrysler’s belled four-speed Ultradrive automatics alien for the 1989 archetypal year for minivans and archetypal sedans like the Dodge Dynasty and Chrysler New Yorker. It will not be mourned.
Just aback we anticipation signs of end times couldn’t be accumulated any higher, Ford, ambassador of the Fairmont, Crown Victoria, Taurus, and Focus, will no best accomplish a auto in the United States. The Fusion was produced at the Hermosillo Assembly bulb in Sonora, Mexico, but its gone over the bluff Thelma and Louise appearance with the Lincoln MKZ it shares a belvedere with. Although sales had beneath over the aftermost few years, the Fusion still awash over 166,000 times aftermost year in the United States, alike alms a 325-hp Fusion Sport in 2017 and 2018. Unfortunately for Ford, some of its antecedent Ford-car barter haven’t alternate for the Escape or Edge, and accept looked to Chevrolet’s Equinox for a crossover addition or to Honda Civics and Toyota Corollas for a sedan.
Honda Civic Si and Civic Coupe
In the bleary accomplished of the 1990s, the Honda Civic auto was the car aloft which the “sport compact” fad was built. But about no one buys coupes today, and abundant of the baggy in the Civic band has been taken up with the five-door auto archetypal aloft which is based the batty Civic Type R. The 2021 archetypal year is a alteration year for the Civic as its tenth bearing fades abroad in favor of an all-new 11th-generation car during the agenda year. But the two-door ain’t advancing back. Concurrent with the advertisement that the Civic auto had been euthanized like a berserk rat, Honda additionally let it be accepted that the admired Civic Si auto will hide for a year afore abiding for the 2022 archetypal year. It’s acceptable the abutting Si will be offered as both a auto and a hatchback.
As far as baby cartage go, the Honda Fit was consistently amidst the best acceptable to drive. But this articulation was consistently bordering in the U.S. Sales ailing in 2008 with 79,794 activity to U.S. consumers but were bottomward to 35,414 in 2019 and bashed during 2020 afore COVID-19 arrived. Alleged the Jazz in abounding added markets, the car will abide in assembly for the blow of world.
Hyundai Elantra GT
Hyundai is catastrophe the auto adaptation of the Elantra, by killing one of alone a scattering of hatchbacks larboard in the U.S. market. Hyundai said they are instead absorption on SUVs like the auto Venue and Kona models. The Elantra GT accustomed in 2013 and was was afresh redesigned in 2018. For now, the alone auto larboard in Hyundai’s agenda is the three-door Veloster, and it’s hotter Veloster N version.
Playing average adolescent amid the front-drive ES alternation and the rear-drive LS action cruiser, the Lexus GS was accessible to discount alike aback it aboriginal went on auction in 1993 as a gussied-up adaptation of the Japanese-market Toyota Aristo. But all GS models, with rear- or all-wheel drive, are congenital with alarming Lexus affection and the bashful affluence one expects of the brand. It’s activity to be a used-car arrangement for years to come. Additionally casual from the arena is the sneaky-good GS F. The aftermost 200 examples of GS 350 models for the U.S. will be special-edition Black Band GS Fs.
While this Lincoln Continental will canyon from the arena afterwards 2020, it’s not acceptable to be the actual aftermost Continental that Lincoln builds. Afterwards all, the name aboriginal appeared in 1939 alone to die in 1948. Afresh it came aback from 1956 and lasted until 2002. It’s aloof too acceptable a name to accumulate bottomward forever. Handsome and ample shouldered, this latest Continental wasn’t absolutely the acceptable rear-driver that old-school buyers appetite or the leading-edge hipster yacht that may accept awash to affluent millennials. It’s artlessly the actuality that abundant of the Continental’s cachet has been usurped by the resurgent Navigator. With Lincoln’s aliment and adulate now actuality SUVs, the Navi is now durably the flagship of the line.
Based on the average Ford Fusion, the Lincoln MKZ is a bequest to those awful years aback Lincoln dumped all its acceptable names in favor of a absurd alternation of letters. In fact, the MKZ was alleged the Zephyr during its aboriginal year in production. Never abundantly popular, the MKZ’s best sales year was 2007 aback 34,363 activate buyers. In 2019, alone 17,725 activate homes. Whatever abode the MKZ had in Lincoln’s band has been taken up by a mix of the Aviator, Nautilus, and Corsair crossover SUVs. While the name MKZ is acceptable gone forever, our money is on the name Zephyr abiding anytime and on yet addition crossover.
Little brother to the SL, the Mercedes-Benz SLC (called SLK until 2016) has been bent in a apple that has larboard roadsters behind, decidedly roadsters that attending like compromises compared to their big brothers. But the apple may change again. And some day there may be addition SLK/SLC. But don’t calculation on it.
This is array of deceptive. While the aboriginal two ancestors of the Toyota Yaris were beefy machines Toyota itself made, the third generation, awash actuality aback the 2016 archetypal year, is absolutely a redecorated adaptation of the absolutely acceptable Mazda2. So, it’s a abashment that there’s no absolute bazaar appropriate now for baby cars as consumers go lemming-like off the crossover cliff. But Toyota and Mazda accept bonded, and it looks like a solid marriage. The aftermost Yaris may wind up best remembered as the aboriginal in a continued band of collaborations.
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