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Cars We're Saying Goodbye To

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/23/2014 Karla Sanchez

The New Year is here, and these cars won't live to see it. It was fun while it lasted! Several other vehicles, including the Ford SVT Raptor and Dodge Grand Caravan, won't be around for 2015, either, but they're likely to come back for the 2016 model year or even the next year, which is why they're not included in the obituaries below.


Hyundai Elantra Coupe

2014 Hyundai Elantra Coupe© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Hyundai Elantra Coupe If you planned to get a 2015 Elantra with two doors, too bad. The automaker announced the Elantra Coupe will be discontinued for the new model year, leaving only the sedan and the Elantra GT variants. Although it's bad news for those who wanted the two-door, it's good news for the Kia Forte Koup (which we liked quite a bit) and the Honda Civic Coupe because they have one fewer competitor to worry about.

BMW 1 Series

2013 BMW 1 Series M Coupe© Provided by MotorTrend 2013 BMW 1 Series M Coupe Goodbye 1 Series, hello 2 Series. Bimmer fans are sure to get over the quirky 1 Series rather quickly, considering its replacement looks much sleeker and is offered with something that wasn't previously available on the U.S.-spec 1 Series: xDrive. Unlike its predecessor, the 2 Series can grip with all four wheels. And you can get big performance with the M235i -- and even better performance once the super-limited coupe (the rumored M2), arrives.

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

2014 Cadillac CTS V Coupe© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Cadillac CTS V Coupe The good news: There is a 2015 CTS-V Coupe. The bad news: It won't stick around for much longer. Cadillac announced it was dropping the CTS-V Coupe from the lineup for 2016, but only after all 500 units of a special edition CTS-V Coupe sold out. Production on the limited go-fast coupe started earlier this summer, so we wouldn't be surprised if all 500 cars are already spoken for.

Chevrolet mild hybrids

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco front three quarter motion© Provided by MotorTrend 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco front three quarter motion Chevrolet's mild hybrids will be a thing of the past after 2015. The Malibu dropped its eAssist option for the 2014 model year, and the Impala gets rid of it for the 2015 model year, essentially putting an end to all Chevrolet mild hybrids. To compensate for the lack of the system in the 2015 Impala, the automaker added standard start/stop to return 1 mpg more in the city for 22/31 mpg city/highway.

Chrysler 200 Convertible

2014 Chrysler 200 Convertible© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Chrysler 200 Convertible Chrysler would probably like to pretend this car never happened, which is why it's moving forward with the vastly improved 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan without a drop-top variant. Since most everyone can agree that the 2015 200 sedan is a much better car (in looks, powertrain, and interior styling) than the one it replaces, it's a smart move for Chrysler to not ruin a good thing while it's still ahead.

Dodge Avenger, Standalone SRT

2012 Dodge Avenger Front Three Quarter© Provided by MotorTrend 2012 Dodge Avenger Front Three Quarter The Avenger can thank the Dart for its departure because Dodge didn't want it stepping on the new compact car's toes. Avenger sales through November were down 42 percent compared to the previous year, which also doesn't help its cause. In addition, the SRT brand will not stand alone, but rather fold back under the Dodge umbrella with the 2015 Dodge Viper.

Mercedes-Benz CL-Class

2014 Mercedes Benz CL Class© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Mercedes Benz CL Class CL-Class who? You'll have to excuse us for not remembering the CL-Class very well, considering its replacement, the S-Class Coupe, has swept us off our feet with its stunningly beautiful styling. In addition to saying goodbye to the CL, we'll also be saying goodbye to Mercedes' old naming scheme. In the new version, the former M-Class will now wear the GLE moniker.

Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, Cube

2014 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet We've seen this coming for a long time, but 2015 is the year we will not see two of the automaker's quirkiest models featured in the lineup. The CrossCabriolet has received lots of flack since it was introduced a few years ago, even being rumored to have been produced solely because an executive's wife wanted one, and the Kia Soul has completely dominated the boxy car segment, leaving nothing for the Cube.

2014 Nissan Cube© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Nissan Cube

Volkswagen Routan

2012 Volkswagen Routan© Provided by MotorTrend 2012 Volkswagen Routan This did not come out of left field. In fact, we've been reporting that this minivan was headed for the chopping block for quite some time, but VW finally confirmed the van would be making its official exit before it saw the 2015 model year. The Routan is a rebadged variant of the Dodge Grand Caravan, which also hits the chopping block for 2015. Unlike the Routan, though, the Dodge will come back with a full redesign in 2016.

Toyota FJ Cruiser, RAV4 EV, Tundra's V-6

2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser We've long been dreading 2015 because 2014 would be the FJ's last year. Although Toyota made it clear the rough-and-ready FJ was going to be a one-generation vehicle, that didn't stop us from getting attached to the iconic off-roader. We're also saying goodbye to the RAV4 EV. Why? The automaker's battery deal with Tesla expired, and Toyota has been open about wanting to focus on fuel cell technology. As for the Tundra, the base V-6's departure leaves the 4.6-liter V-8 with 310 hp and 327 lb-ft of torque and more powerful 5.7-liter V-8 with 381 hp and 401 lb-ft as the only engine options for the pickup.

2014 Toyota RAV4 EV© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV

Scion xD

2014 Scion xD© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Scion xD To make room for a trio of new Scions coming to showrooms in the next three years, the slow-selling xD had to go. We don't mind, either, considering we like what we've seen from the new iM concept, which shouldn't change too much when it appears in production form at the 2015 New York Auto Show in April. The xD has been around since the 2008 model year and hasn't undergone any significant changes since then.

Lexus IS F

2013 Lexus IS F© Provided by MotorTrend 2013 Lexus IS F Lexus enthusiasts urged the Japanese automaker to bring back the IS F with the next-gen IS, but Lexus never did. In fact, it brought us something way cooler: the RC F. Powered by a 467-hp V-8, the RC-F Coupe is a mashup of three different Lexus cars. The front section is from the wide-body GS, the middle section hails from the previous generation IS C (a convertible), and the rear third is stolen from the current-gen IS.

Acura ILX hybrid, TL

2014 Acura ILX Hybrid© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid Acura finally showed the ILX hybrid the door after Gen-Yers clearly weren't interested in the fuel-efficient compact. Instead, they opted for the ILX's sportier powertrains, including a 150-hp 2.0-liter, direct-injected I-4 or 201-hp, 2.4-liter I-4. And although the TL is also officially leaving the lineup, we'll remember it through the TLX, which boasts the TL's luxuriousness and the TSX's sportiness. 2014 Acura TL front three quarter© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Acura TL front three quarter

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