Posted on January 12 2023
A number of vehicles will be discontinued after the 2022 model year, including fuel-efficient economy cars such as the Chevrolet Spark and Hyundai Accent, as well as high-performance supercars like the Acura NSX, Ford GT, and Lamborghini Aventador. Even utilitarian work vans like the Ram ProMaster City are being phased out. While the loss of a powerful V-12 Lamborghini may be more significant, it's important to remember that functionality and practicality are also important factors in the automotive industry. Continue reading to learn more about the vehicles that will not be available in the 2023 model year.
The release of the 2023 Acura Integra signals the end of the Acura ILX sedan. The Integra is based on the latest 11th-generation Honda Civic, while the ILX was built on the ninth-generation Civic. The ILX should have been retired when the 10th-generation Civic was introduced, but its end of production has finally arrived with the arrival of the Integra.
Acura gave the NSX a fitting sendoff by introducing a Type S version before ending production. The Type S version featured an increase in horsepower from 573 to 600, among other upgrades. Only 350 of these NSX Type S hybrids were produced before Acura discontinued the second-generation NSX.
The Buick Encore subcompact SUV will no longer be produced after almost a decade of sales, and will not be available in the 2023 model year. It is noteworthy that the Encore has lasted this long given that it has been sold alongside the similarly-sized Encore GX since 2020.
The 2022 Chevrolet Spark was one of the most affordable new cars available in America, with a starting price of $14,595. While the rear seat was not spacious and not ideal for carrying passengers, the Spark included a robust list of standard features, such as a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. However, the 98-horsepower four-cylinder engine was underwhelming in terms of performance.
The Chevrolet Trax subcompact SUV will take a one-year break and will return to the brand's lineup in 2024. The 2022 model had a 155-horsepower turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine with standard front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive, however, the upcoming 2024 Trax will only have a 137-horsepower turbocharged 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine and will only have front-wheel drive. It appears that the all-wheel-drive option will not be available in the future, but the Trax itself will continue to be produced, despite not being available for the 2023 model year.
Ford is discontinuing the EcoSport subcompact SUV for the 2023 model year, thus leaving the subcompact SUV segment. The EcoSport is unlikely to be missed, as it was seen as unpolished and overpriced.
The Ford GT, with a starting price of around $500,000, was a tribute to the Ford GT40 racers of the 1960s that won four Le Mans races. The supercar was powered by a mid-mounted twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 660 horsepower, and had a top speed of over 200 mph. Ford offered it over 6 model years, with various special edition models, with the last one being the LM Edition to commemorate the company's endurance racing victories.
Honda's compact hybrid sedan, the Insight, was essentially a Civic sedan with different styling. Honda has decided to phase out the Insight in order to introduce a new Civic Hybrid.
The Hyundai Accent, a reliable and reasonably priced subcompact sedan, never had a striking design or performance, but it was a solid and affordable option. Unfortunately, it seems that sales did not reflect this and Hyundai will discontinue the Accent for the 2023 model year, despite being included in the 2022 Editors' Choice list.
The Hyundai Ioniq, a gasoline-electric hybrid hatchback, will no longer be produced for the 2023 model year. This is following the discontinuation of the battery-electric version after the 2021 model year. The Ioniq nameplate will continue to be used for Hyundai's battery-electric sub-brand, which includes vehicles such as the Ioniq 5 SUV and the upcoming Ioniq 6 sedan.
Most of the Hyundai Veloster line was discontinued after the 2021 model year, but the 275-horsepower Veloster N managed to continue production for the 2022 model year. Now, that version also will no longer be produced. While the three-door hot hatch may not have sold well, those who did purchase it were likely to have appreciated it, as it was named to the 2022 Editors' Choice list.
Infiniti will no longer produce the Q60 coupe for the 2023 model year. Despite offering up to 400 horsepower from its twin-turbo V-6 in the Red Sport 400 version, the Q60's powertrain and design were not able to attract enough buyers to justify its continuation for another year.
Jeep Grand Cherokee WK
A new two-row version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee was introduced for the 2022 model year, but the previous version, known as the Grand Cherokee WK, was still available for a short period of time. The base Grand Cherokee WK started at $38,575, which was $1,545 less than the new version, but now that the WK is discontinued, the minimum cost to enter the 2023 Grand Cherokee lineup is $41,995.
The Lamborghini Aventador has been discontinued after more than a decade of sales. The final version of the Aventador was the LP780-4 Ultimae, a special edition with a limited production of 600 units (350 coupes and 250 roadsters), and a 769 horsepower. A successor to the Aventador, which will feature a gasoline-electric powertrain, is expected to be released by the middle of the decade and will continue the legacy of the Aventador.
The Lamborghini Countach, a seven-figure supercar, was a limited-edition vehicle, known from the start that it would be a one-year production. Despite this, its discontinuation is still lamented. It combined the iconic styling of the 1974-1990 Countach with the technology of an Aventador, and it marked Lamborghini's move towards electrification. The Countach's mid-mounted V-12 engine was similar to the Aventador's but included an additional small electric motor that drew power from a supercapacitor, resulting in a total of 802 horsepower. It is expected that the Aventador's successor will also incorporate this technology.
Lexus RX L
A new version of the Lexus RX will be available for 2023, but the three-row version, the RX L, will no longer be produced after the 2022 model year. The extended RX, which shared a wheelbase with the two-row version, is not likely to be missed. Its place in the Lexus lineup will be taken by a new three-row SUV, which is expected to be called the TX.
Mercedes-Benz will no longer produce the A-class for the 2023 model year. The A220 had a base price of $35,000 and was $4,250 less expensive than the more stylish and powerful CLA250. Both the A-class and CLA-class occupied a similar spot in the Mercedes lineup, so it was foreseeable that one of them would be discontinued. Even though the A-class had a lower price point, the CLA-class's sportier design was more popular.
Nissan Rogue Sport
Nissan will not include the Rogue Sport in its 2023 lineup, resulting in the absence of an SUV. The Rogue Sport, which was positioned between the smaller Kicks and larger Rogue, did not sell as well as its counterparts. A similar model, the Qashqai, which is not sold in America, recently underwent a redesign, so it is possible that Nissan may reintroduce the new generation model to the American market in the future.
Ram ProMaster City
The Ram ProMaster City will no longer be produced for the 2023 model year. With this discontinuation, the small van segment is close to its end in America. However, it is possible that Ram's decision to discontinue the ProMaster City indicates the company's plans to introduce a compact or mid-size pickup truck, similar to Ford's Maverick and Ranger.
Toyota has decided to discontinue the Avalon, a big sedan, from its 2023 lineup after almost 30 years of production. Instead, Toyota will introduce the 2023 Crown, a hybrid-only full-size sedan with SUV-like characteristics, to replace the Avalon.
Toyota has decided to discontinue the C-HR subcompact SUV, following the 2022 model year, as there is not enough room in the company's lineup for two similar-sized SUVs like the Corolla Cross and C-HR. This discontinuation applies only to the United States and Canada, as other markets will soon receive a new, second-generation C-HR.
The Volkswagen Passat, a mid-size sedan, has never reached the same level of popularity as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, which at one point were selling almost half a million units annually. The Passat's best-selling year was in 2012, with 117,023 units sold. To mark its discontinuation, Volkswagen offered a Passat Limited Edition with subtle nods to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where the Passat was manufactured for the last decade of its production.