Automakers will stop using these cars in 2023

Which cars, trucks, crossovers and SUVs aren’t coming back for an encore next year? We have the list.

But first some observations. The dawn of the electric age comes with the sunset of the sedan. While unrelated, consumers continue to migrate to crossover SUVs and have started using electric powertrains in greater numbers. It’s an American paradox to want cleaner, more efficient cars, but not to sacrifice the size and flexibility of bigger, heavier, less efficient crossover SUVs. Automakers are obliging, and the offerings for 2023 include everything from small, under-performing cars to the beloved but anachronistic V-8 muscle car.

Crossovers and SUVs accounted for more than 55% of new car sales through June 2022, while cars accounted for about 21%, according to statista.com. This continues a trend that started long before the introduction of electric vehicles.

It has taken 12 years since the first mainstream electric car went on sale – the Nissan Leaf – for many analysts and executives to declare that the market has moved from early adoption to mass adoption. Electric vehicle sales hit record highs in the first half of 2022, and despite a poor year for the industry, electrified vehicles (including plug-in hybrids and hybrids) accounted for 5.6% of new car sales, more than double that in 2021, according to Cox Automotive.

Most automakers have announced plans to end the development of cars powered by combustion engines, and the sacrifices made in the shift to electrification can be seen in this year’s list of cars that will be sold between now and. be discontinued by the end of 2023. It is more robust than list of last year’s discontinued cars.

Contrary to earlier messages, Chevy Trax small crossover will be resurrected and redesigned as a 2024 model to fit between the Trailblazer and Equinox in Chevy’s crossover SUV family. It remains to be seen if the Buick Encore will follow suit in its, ahem, Trax.

Acura ILX

Acura’s entry-level compact sedan ended production this year as the brand reintroduced the far superior 2023 Acura Integra. Launched in 2013 and lasted a long generation, the ILX was outdated, small, disappointing and dull. The Integra corrects those mistakes.

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Chevrolet Spark

Chevy stopped producing its entry-level hatchback this summer, ending an era where buyers could buy a new car for less than $15,000. Three subcompact Sparks cost the average price customers pay today for one new car (about $48,000).

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Chrysler 300

Pour one out for the poor man’s Bentley. Introduced as early as 1955, the Chrysler 300 rumbles into the world of auction blocks and classic car shows. For its final year of production, the full-size sedan welcomes the 300C limited edition model, powered by a 6.4-liter V-8 engine rated at 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque. Production of the Chrysler 300C in 2023 will be limited to 2,200 units and will retail for $55,000. There will be a special place in the hearts of automobiles for the V-8 powered cars in the US branch of the Stellantis family

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Dodge Challenger

It had to happen sooner or later, and Dodge’s SRT performance brand should be commended for the magic wringed out of the retro muscle car reintroduced in 2008. Hellcat, Redeye, Jailbreak, Wide Body – the number of iterations and newsmakers made the Challenger a perennial modern classic without really changing the basic bodywork and structure of the car. As production runs through the end of 2023, enthusiasts have one last chance to cling to Dodge’s limited-run “Last Call” models, as well as the usual V-6 and V-8 suspects in the line up.

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Dodge Charger

See above. The same situation applies to the Charger, except it is applied to the only four-door muscle car. The 2023 Charger King Daytona Last Call model goes out with an 807 horsepower bang and only in Go Mango exterior paint. Dodge knows how to keep it interesting.

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Ford Edge/Lincoln Nautilus

Ford will end production of the mid-sized crossover in 2023, but that doesn’t mean a new crossover SUV won’t replace it in Ford’s overcrowded lineup. Ford’s Oakville, Canada assembly plant, which manufactures the Edge and Lincoln Nautilus, will be converted to produce electric vehicles that will hit the market as early as 2025.

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Ford Transit Connect

The small van follows the Nissan NV200 off the grid, likely in favor of the Ford E-Transit Electric Van.

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Honda Insight

Sales of the third-generation Honda Insight hybrid sedan never really caught on, and Honda ceased production in June. Instead, Honda is planning a Civic Hybrid to complement the hybrid versions of the CR-V compact crossover and Accord midsize sedan.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

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Hyundai Ioniq

The hybrid and plug-in hybrid remains of the Ioniq hatchback were discontinued mid-year as the brand ramps up its Ioniq sub-brand of full-battery electric vehicles, including the Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6 BEVs. Launched in 2017 to rival the Toyota Prius, the Ioniq came with three electrified powertrains, and the 2022 Ioniq hybrid version had an excellent EPA rating of 59 mpg combined.

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Hyundai Accent

Like Chevy to the Spark, Hyundai slashed its most inexpensive model, the $17,700 Accent subcompact sedan, to push shoppers toward Venue’s small crossover that costs about $3,000 more. The low starting price, excellent warranty and good standard features made it an entry-level model, but it also shows how far Hyundai has come in the US since the Accent of the 1990s.

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Hyundai Veloster No

Sad but inevitable, the quirky hot hatch with the asymmetrical doors was discontinued a year after other Velosters. The N was the best, and for under $30,000 it might have been better than the Kona N small crossover and Elantra N compact sedan that essentially replaced it.

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Infiniti Q60

The coupé will end production at the end of the year after six years on the US market. Unlike the related Nissan Z, the Q60 never got a significant update, and Infiniti admitted to pursuing more popular (profitable?) crossover SUVs and its first EV.

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Mercedes A-Class

Perhaps an entry-level Benz sedan was not long before this world from the beginning. In just four years on the market, the A-Class’s subcompact sedan hasn’t attracted as many new buyers to the brand as the GLA’s more popular small crossover. Mercedes reduced the AMG offer until only the A220 remained, at least until the end of this year. The CLA coupe-like sedan will continue for the time being.

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Nissan Maxima

Production of the full-size sedan will end in mid-2023 as Nissan refocuses on electric vehicles. The Maxima, a flagship embraced for its style and performance since it was first launched in the 1980s, endured eight generations, the last from 2016, before disappearing from view in the eyes of shoppers.

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Nissan Rogue Sport

The smaller version of the best-selling Nissan Rogue will stop production in December as Nissan focuses on more popular crossovers and electric vehicles. Launched in 2017, the Rogue Sport hadn’t been updated to keep up with other Nissan crossover SUVs, such as the smaller Kicks, larger Rogue and three-row Pathfinder.

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Ram 1500 Ecodiesel

Aside from heavy trucks, the diesel engine has fallen out of favor in most passenger cars, including the Ram 1500 Ecodiesel. Ironically, when launched nine years ago before widespread electrification, the 3.0-liter V-6 made a lot of sense as an efficient highway cruiser, just as capable, if not more so, than gas-powered V-8s. But emissions cheating scandals and Consecutive Crash Recalls the Ecodiesel’s high-pressure fuel pump cast a cloud over the once promising V-6 diesel.

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