Cars We’ll Miss, and Some We Won’t, in 2012

BMW Active Hybrid X6

New years always promise to bring big changes. The year 2012 will be no different, with some changes sure to be good and some…not so much. One thing for sure, 2012 will arrive very soon, but some cars won’t live to see the end of it.

The Detroit Free Press put together a list of cars that will fade away during the course of the next year. Some of the cars will be sorely missed, while others should have crossed over to the great junkyard in the sky years ago.

Keep reading for a list of the cars that didn’t make the cut to exist past 2012.

Cars We’ll Miss

Ford Ranger

Ford Ranger

While completely outdated, the little Ranger stood for something rarely seen these days in pickups: hard-working fun-sized practicality. Its time has come, but that doesn’t mean we won’t miss this great little truck.

Ford Crown Victoria

Ford Crown Victoria

A RWD land yacht that oozed comfort and class. Farewell, sir!

Honda Element

Honda Element EX

This is the box that made box-shaped cars popular. Plus, it could be hosed out after a long day at the beach. What wasn’t to love about the Element? I can’t believe the Ridgeline stays while the Element goes.

Mazda RX-8

Mazda RX-8

With luck Mazda will come up with a replacement for this fun little sports car. A new design and a new Wankel should do the brand proud.

Mitsubishi Eclipse

Mitsubishi Eclipse

A fun little sports car that is simply outdone by others these days.

Volvo V50

Volvo V50

Every young adult should have one of these on hand strictly for weekend IKEA runs.

Cars We Won’t Miss

BMW Active Hybrid X6

BMW X6 Active Hybrid

This awkward beast never made much sense. Why build a 480-hp, 18-mpg hybrid?

Buick Lucerne

The Lucerne represents everything that Buick wants to move away from.

Cadillac STS and DTS

Cadillac DTS

Why would I miss the Crown Vic but not these cruisers? I don’t know. Maybe because the Ford always stayed true to itself, all the way to the end.

Mitsubishi Endeavor

Mitsubishi Endeavor

The last time you needed a good midsize SUV to haul the family, I’ll bet the Endeavor never even made it onto your shopping list.

Nissan Altima Hybrid

Nissan Altima Hybrid

Nissan is capable of so much more…

Volvo S40

As the old saying goes, “Meh.”

Cars That Shouldn’t Have Even Made It to 2010

Chevrolet HHR

Chevrolet HHR

Actually, it should have never existed. Period.

Dodge Dakota

Dodge Dakota

It no longer fits as a Dodge and doesn’t seem to have a place as a Ram.

Mazda Tribute

2008 Mazda Tribute

With the CX-7 and CX-9, why has the Tribute lasted this long?

Will you miss any of these cars?

-tgriffith

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2 Comments

  1. Disagree with your panning of the Dakota and Endeavor. The Dakota was so much more than the “small” S-10, Ranger and B210. It was the first and only true midsize truck that had much more comfort, luxury, power, and utility than the other small trucks. I had 7 S-10s, 2 Rangers, and one B-210 and they just sucked. When the Dakota made it’s debut, I was awed with the features previously mentioned and owned 3 of those until they went to the extended cab and short bed and quit offering the regular long bed.

    Same for the Endeavor. It had more room, ease of entry, lots of power and a large storage area in back. Compared to the Blazer, Escape, Rav4
    and CRV, et al it was a blessing. It had its weak points such a crappy gas mileage, high price and its suggested Premium Fuel requirement but for sheer utility and comfort, it couldn’t be beat.

  2. I hope you won’t miss the Crown Vic ’cause you’ve spent so much time locked in the back seat area of black ones. (Ho Ho Ho) Yep, you’ve got some doozies on your list, like that bizarre beemer hybrid. Makes about as much sense as a steam powered car that burns money. For some reason you love the Ranger and hate the Dakota (while not mentioning GM’s awful Canyon. Face it, none of these small pickups (including the Ford) are very good, especially when you consider you can get a real pickup in the same price range and without much impact on mileage.
    Shame about the Mazda departing but you know, it would probably have been more of a success if they’d drop the rotary engine and go to a conventional gas engine. The Chevy HHR is a good example of Bob Lutz’s luck as a purveyor of bad taste. It was supposed to compete with the PT Cruiser but it took so long to get on the market that people were tired of the PT Cruiser (and the retro craze was over) by the time it went on sale. It’s very popular around here with the vinyl roof crowd and lets face it, the bad taste crowd needs cars too.
    And the Lucerne? Buick cracks me up. They are desperately pushing ads that show dazed 30-ish yuppies mesmerized by a Buick rolling by, yet I go out of my way to note who is driving the things, and it’s still an old man’s (and old lady’s) car. The fake rocket exhaust is cute, though. They sell stick-ons now, and every hip hopper from Detroit to Flint has them stuck on their Michigan sh-t box.

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