Eight Vehicles You Probably Didn't Know You Could Still Buy New

2009 Chevrolet Uplander
Last produced: September 2008
Total sold in 2010: 33

You probably think we're picking on the poor ol' General, but the fact that so many regrettable past products are still struggling to make their final exit is perfect evidence of why this company desperately needed a fresh start. Case in point: the Chevy Uplander. GM effectively replaced both its mid-size SUVs and its minivans three years ago, when it introduced the excellent Lambda crossovers. But the Uplander, which, we'd remind you, is little more than a warmed-over Chevy Venture, lived on for another two years as a fleet special. That kept the lights on at the Doraville, Georgia, plant until September 2008, but at what cost to Chevy's brand perception? The thirty-three Uplanders sold so far in 2010, along with the thousands you'll likely encounter in Avis lots, serve as an ignoble reminder of what GM is trying to run away from.

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I have to admit I'd never even heard of the Mitsubishi Raider.
I completely disagree with my colleague David Zenlea about the styling of the last-generation Taurus and Sable (nee Ford Five Hundred). I think these are very handsome, if conservative, sedans that have been given a bum rap due to their weak launch powertrain, a 200-hp V-6 mated to a straining CVT transmission. Later versions upped the power significantly, and this generation made FAR better use of interior space than the current bloated Taurus does. So there.

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