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

Cadillac XLR
Last produced: May 2009
Total sold in 2010: 62

Probably the only vehicle of this bunch we'd actually recommend you go out and look for, the XLR is more a victim of changing priorities at Cadillac than anything else. As the brand looks to boost volume and fill important holes in its lineup, replacing its costly hardtop convertible simply isn't high on the list. And although the XLR never quite achieved its mission as a Mercedes-Benz SL and Lexus SC beater, the Corvette-based droptop still looks great and goes like stink, especially in 443-hp XLR-V guise. Production ended last May and, by that point, was limited mostly to V-series models. The $100,000+ price tag strikes us as a bit rich (and indeed, that was one of the reasons the XLR failed), but we'd bet dealers will be flexible as they try to clear out their last '09 cars.

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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