The Top 10 Discontinued Cars for 2013

2012 Jeep Liberty
  1. Jeep Liberty – Fiat / Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne knows a thing or two about making popular cars. Discontinued car models don’t scare him, and he’s still trimming the fat over at Chrysler. The latest victim of his carving knife is the Jeep Liberty. This not-so-popular replacement for the very popular Jeep Cherokee never garnered a loyal fan-base. Probably because it had all the plastic-y charm of a clothes hamper. Rumors suggest that a similarly capable replacement is currently being developed. Maybe they’ll have the good sense to call it a Cherokee…
  2. Mazda CX-7 – The Mazda CX-7 was a versatile family bus…that didn’t drive like a bus. It had sharp steering, and a nicely balanced chassis. But it was severely beaten with the ugly stick, so it never really had a chance. Fortunately, Mazda has fired all of its ex-Pokemon designers, and is starting to build decent looking vehicles again. We hope that the replacement for the Mazda CX7 will look as good as the ‘old 7’ drove.
  3. Hyundai Veracruz – Like the CX-7, the 7-seat Hyundai Veracruz was one of the best large crossovers, that nobody bought. Like the Mazda, the big Hyundai Veracruz was stylistically challenged. Except here, the styling was too bland. Although it was quite luxurious, and well-made, the Veracruz had all the visual appeal of a, sheet of paper. The new 7-seat 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe has replaced this discontinued car at the top of the stack.
  4. Ford Escape Hybrid – 5 years ago, a 30+ mpg SUV was impressive. But now, 30 mpg is the norm. Which is why Ford decided not to invite the hybrid back for the 3rd season of ‘Escape’. The 2013 Ford Escape EcoBoost uses a turbo-fed 1.6 liter 4-pot, and achieves the same 30+ mpg figure.
  5. Mercedes-Benz R-Class – Similar to Chevrolet Traverse, the Mercedes R-Class was designed to be a minivan in SUV clothing. Unfortunately, nobody cared, and the Benz R has been retired after falling far short of MB’s sales forecast.
  6. Kia Sedona – Although the Kia Sedona was pretty good at hauling the family around, it was boring. Sinfully boring. So instead of restyling their slow-selling People Pod, Kia added it to their growing list of discontinued car models. Now all those Canadians will have to rent something else when they visit Florida.
  7. Hyundai Elantra Touring – *Yawn* Who cares…
  8. Mitsubishi Eclipse – Back in the day, the Mitsubishi Eclipse was a legend in High School parking lots. But a complete lack of interest from Mitsubishi, caused their little sports car to become soft, and bloated. No replacement is planned.
  9. Infiniti G25 – The G25 was intended to be an affordable way to join the Infiniti fold. But American customers expected a lot more performance from Nissan’s luxury brand. So the small-engined G sedan never caught on, causing it to land on the 2013 discontinued car list.
  10. Lexus HS 250h – Praise the Car God’s! The Ogre of Fukuoka has finally been killed!