All the Cars Being Discontinued for 2020
Every car, truck, and SUV getting the axe. (Mostly, they're cars.)
The 2020 model year is upon us, and while the automakers are quick to tout what's new, there are also a round of cars and SUVs that will get the axe. Here's a comprehensive look at the models being discontinued for 2020, including why they got killed—and it's also worth noting that the below cars and SUVs could represent the best deals on 2019 cars, since automakers usually offer big incentives to get dead cars off dealer lots.
Aston Martin Vanquish
All good things must come to an end. Though it's been replaced by the DBS Superleggera, which is a better and more modern car all around, we'll still miss the Vanquish. This was a car that had it all—beauty, passion and power. Farewell, old friend.
Audi A3 Cabriolet
Buyers tend to overlook Audi's smallest droptop in favor of the A5 cabriolet, so it's not a big surprise to learn that the A3 cabriolet will be discontinued for 2020. Too bad the eight-seat version never made it to production…
The first-gen TT and its Bauhaus styling helped redefine Audi, though the final iteration isn't quite as iconic. Audi is killing off the TT to make room for EVs and crossovers, but there's a chance it could return as an electric sports car.
BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo
Not quite a sedan and not quite a hatchback or an SUV, the 3 Series Gran Turismo was not quite a hit with buyers, so it's being discontinued for 2020. We called it the duckbilled platypus of the BMW line, and we're not surprised that won't be part of the new 3 Series lineup.
BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo and Gran Coupe
As the 8 Series arrives to replace the 6 Series, the beautiful Gran Coupe is returning but the ungainly Gran Turismo is being killed off. The 6 Series Gran Turismo was a refugee from the 5 Series line, and we're not terribly sad to see it go.
The Buick Cascada was an underrated car, a tidy (if heavy) convertible designed by Opel, GM's former European division. For whatever reason—the Buick badge, perhaps?—the Cascada never caught on with buyers, and it's being quietly killed off for 2020.
GM is looking to shutter plants and shift its focus to SUVs and EVs, and the Buick LaCrosse is one victim of the cull. Don't tell your grandfather, as it'll only further strain his weakened heart.
Technically, the ATS being discontinued for 2020 in name only; it's been reworked, and since Cadillac hasn't had a nomenclature shuffle in a few years, it gets a new name to go with its redesign: CT4. We're looking forward to the the CT4-V, a replacement for the much-loved ATS-V.
Cadillac CT6 (maybe)
The Detroit-Hamtramck plant where the CT6 is made is scheduled to close, although a current UAW strike might result in it staying open. But unlike many of its other big sedans, GM hasn't made any firm announcement about whether the CT6 will be killed off for 2020 even if the factory is indeed shuttered. Our fingers are crossed, because the 550-hp CT6-V is pretty damn good.
The CTS joins the list of discontinued cars, being as it is being replaced by the all-new CT5. The CTS has toiled in anonymity thanks to its rather bland styling, and we're hoping the CT5 will be a measurable improvement. We'll miss the CTS-V, though.
As with most of GM's other big front-drive cars, the XTS takes the exit for the Road to Nowhere, this despite a refresh just two years ago. We offer our deepest condolences to the chauffeurs who are still reeling from the loss of the Lincoln Town Car.
Front-Engine Chevrolet Corvette
After nearly 50 years of mid-engine Corvette teasers, it's hard to believe the C8 is here—and even harder to believe that the front-engine Corvette is no more. Ever since the C5, the front-engine Vette has been holding its own against some of the world's best sportsters. Vaya con Dios, old friend.
Like most compact cars, the Cruze shed buyers who increasingly moved to small SUVs, including Chevy's own Trax and Equinox, so it's being killed off for 2020. The Cruze had been in production worldwide for years, and the newest iteration was kind of cool.
GM is putting the sword to all of its big front-drive sedans, so die-hard bowtie fans who have been resisting the move to SUVs will have to make do with a Malibu. The Impala was a good if somewhat understated car, and we'll almost miss. It's going to be odd to not have a Chevrolet Impala on the market, isn't it?
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LD/GMC Sierra 1500 Limited
The LD and Limited were essentially last year's version of Chevy and GMC's pickups, sold side-by-side with the new one for 2019. Why? GM says the overlap enables them to focus on launch quality without reducing their hectic production rate. With the new trucks fully up to speed, the LD and Limited can be killed off.
When the Chevrolet Volt first came out there was nothing else like it. Nowadays there are plenty of plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), but for some reason the Volt never caught on. With no siblings (save the slow-selling—or should we say no-selling—Cadillac ELR) to help amortize the cost of its batteries and powertrain, it's no surprise the Volt is being discontinued for 2020.
It seems like the 488 Pista just got here, but now the 488 GTB is going away, replaced by the F8 Tributo. The new car is of course lighter, more powerful, and (arguably) more beautiful. Isn't progress wonderful?
Fiat 500 and 500e
Fiat's U.S. sales are plummeting, and now the first Fiat to come here will be the first to go: The 500 and all of its variants will be killed off for 2020. (We are sad to see the 500 Abarth go.) Fiat's 500X, 500L, and 124 Spyder aren't selling any better, so time will tell how long they last.
Like GM, Ford is focusing (pun intended) its American lineup on SUVs and trucks, and as Henry II himself said, "Mini cars mean mini profits." The Fiesta was among the best-driving subcompacts on the market, especially in ST guise, and the new one looks so promising. Damn.
Ford PR refuses to confirm the death of the ancient, slow-selling—yet somehow still cool—Flex, but it also refuses to talk about a '20 model year for the crossover. In this business, that's as good as an obituary. We'll miss the Flex, which was refreshingly different and good fun.
Back in the mid-'80s, the Ford Taurus revolutionized the American sedan, but it's hard to get excited about the model today—even the cops don't seem to like it much. The Taurus came in with a bang, but it will be discontinued with a whimper.
Hyundai Santa Fe XL
The last-generation Santa Fe was divided into two models, five-passenger Sport and seven-passenger XL. But now that Hyundai has a proper seven-seater, the jumbo-sized Palisade, the XL has been dropped from the newly-redesigned Santa Fe's lineup.
Wow, that was fast. Infiniti is pulling out of Western Europe, the market for which the QX30 was intended and indeed where it is built (Sunderland, U.K. ), so after just three years on the market, it's going away. Still want one? No problem—buy a Mercedes-Benz GLA, which is practically the same thing.
Jaguar F-type Manual
Jag made a big deal about offering the F-Type with a manual transmission, but it hasn't been able to sell enough to justify its continued existence. When the updated 2020 F-Type arrives in dealerships, it'll be automatic-only. Bummer.
Wait, what? Yep, it's true: After more than 50 years of continuous production, Jaguar is discontinuing the XJ, at least in the form we know it. Jag plans to relaunch the nameplate as an all-electric luxury car, which we should see debut in the next year or so.
The base model of the GS has been killed off, leaving just the V-6, V-8, and hybrid models. We could never quite bend our heads around the idea of a GS with a four-cylinder engine, and apparently the buying public couldn't either.
Technically, the MKC is being discontinued in name only, as the new version is called the Corsair. We're looking forward to an improved version of this oft-overlooked SUV, and glad that Lincoln's alphabet soup of names is going away.
The MKT has been replaced by the all-new Aviator, though Lincoln will build MKTs through the end of the year so the fleet market can stock up on the MKT variant called the Town Car Livery. The Aviator is a better vehicle all around, but the funky look of Lincoln's dragon wagon at least set it apart.
Nissan 370Z Roadster
Nissan will drop the drop-top version of the 370Z, though the coupe will soldier on. Could this be the prelude to a replacement for the aging Z? Nissan isn't saying, but we sure hope so.
Nissan Rogue Hybrid
With automakers hustling to electrify their cars, it's rare to see a hybrid model be discontinued. Nissan isn't saying much, but our guess is buyers didn't see value in the Rogue hybrid's five-mpg bump over the conventional model. If you want a hybrid SUV, try the Toyota RAV4, new Ford Escape, or Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.
Nissan Versa Note
The new 2020 Versa sedan is here, but there's a sedan but no hatchback. That role will be taken over by the Kicks, an entry-level SUV with higher profit margins. (Hyundai is doing something similar, replacing the Accent hatch with the Venue.) We're sure a new Versa Note will pop up in other markets, but we won't see it here.
Ram 1500 Classic
The 1500 Classic is the old-shape Ram 1500, sold side-by-side with the new-for-2019 version as a budget-priced alternative. Ram says it'll build 2019 Classics through the end of the calendar year—including, presumably the Warlock special edition—and while it hasn't confirmed the truck's demise, that (and tradition) leads us to believe this is the end of the line.
Mercedes is killing off the whole Smart brand in the U.S.A. The ForTwo was never a match for the market, and going electric-only in 2017 didn't help—the ForTwo ED (seriously, that's what it's called) cost too much and had too little range. Frankly, we're surprised it lasted this long.
Toyota Prius C
This is another car we didn't think would last as long as it did. The Prius C can't match the fuel economy of the bigger and more aerodynamic Prius—not even the all-wheel-drive version. With no major updates since its 2012 introduction, we're not surprised to see the Prius C shuffling off to the great Sierra Club meeting in the sky.
What was once unthinkable is now a reality: Volkswagen is killing the Bug (again), sending it off with a rather nicely appointed Final Edition. We're sure the impending arrival of the I.D. Buzz electric Microbus will give VW fanatics a lot to get excited about.
The Volkswagen e-Golf is a nice enough car, but with affordable EVs like the Chevrolet Bolt and Nissan Leaf Plus offering 225-plus miles of range, it makes little sense. Volkswagen will replace it with the ID 3 hatchback, which, unfortunately, isn't coming to the U.S. We'll have to wait for the ID Crozz and ID Buzz.
VW Golf Alltrack and SportWagen
Though the rest of the world loves wagons, U.S. buyers prefer SUVs, so we're not surprised to see the Golf SportWagen go—though we can't say the same about the Golf Alltrack, as Subaru and Volvo seem to be doing just fine with their SUV-ish wagons and hatches. Look for a new small SUV to replace both models, which would have been completely replaced soon with the launch of the next-gen Golf.
VW Golf R
With Volkswagen readying the eighth-generation Golf, it makes sense that the Golf R will go on hiatus for 2020. VW is looking at only sending the sporty Golfs to the U.S. , though, which is good news for enthusiasts but bad news for fans of fine-driving and practical basic transportation. The next R should have a more significant power bump over the GTI, though, so there's that. We are so, so, so ready.