Here are the cars that died in 2021
2022 is fast approaching and with it, a lot of uncertainties. There are againI a pandemic, supply chain issues, shortages of everything from COVID-19 tests to chicken, and who knows what else. One thing we can pinpoint, however, is that some of the cars we’ve been enjoying lately won’t follow us into the New Year. Why? Because they are dead.
Some will be missed, some we won’t, and some we just don’t want to talk about. Whether we enjoyed our time with them or not, here is a list of this year’s casualties.
This one, I’m not too broken. Ford’s smallest crossover never quite succeeded. I remember reading a MotorTrend article when this car came out stating that despite the optimism of Ford who optimistically rated the 1.0-liter engine as capable of towing 1,400 pounds, this shouldn’t really be tried.
The EcoSport was not only underpowered, but due to its AWD system, it was never very fuel efficient either. The 1.0-liter three-cylinder model achieved 28 combined mpg, and the 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder version delivered 25 combined mpg. Some liked the optional full-size spare tire fitted to the exterior of the EcoSport, but I didn’t. Goodbye, the diamond-shaped car.
If the EcoSport was a weird car that deserved to die, then the BMW i3 deserves the same fate, although it’s still pretty cool. BMW’s first real effort at an electric vehicle was controversial in style and available with an optional range extender, essentially a trunk-mounted motorcycle engine that doubled the car’s range. Along with an unusual exterior, the car featured a carbon fiber tub to reduce weight, as well as an eye-catching interior that many said resembled a desk.
Similar to the i8, the i3 was too pure for this world, and for that reason it’s tonight’s biggest loser. BMW’s EV strategy, after a huge gap, is now pulling all cylinders with cars like the iX, i4 and a host of other models entering. Hopefully they will have a longer and happier life than the i3.
Yes, the Mazda6 passed away a few months ago. However, it would be followed by a RWD inline six-engine replacement. As part of Mazda’s attempt to move upmarket, the front-wheel-drive Mazda6 was sort of in the wrong place at the wrong time. Typical of a Mazda, the 6 was widely recognized as the most powerful mid-size sedan on the market. Of course it had its flaws, but it was a hit with enthusiasts.
The replacement for the car, which indeed looks very exciting, will likely be released in the coming year, so fingers crossed that the specs and price are right on this new machine. If all goes well, the 6 is remembered even more knowing that it allowed the existence of a fantastic successor.
The Clarity is one that I probably could have told you was not a good idea from the start, but nonetheless, it’s an interesting vehicle that goes away. A car designed with our planet in mind, the Clarity was originally available as a complete electric vehicle, hydrogen fuel cell machine, or plug-in hybrid. The FCEV and full EV versions passed away in 2020, and now only the PHEV is left standing.
Truly, the Clarity is somewhat similar to a Chevy Volt, a PHEV with around 50 miles of electric range and a small gasoline engine to get the best of both worlds. With a partially covered rear wheel arch, it reminds me a bit of the first generation Honda Insight, which has always made me love. Unfortunately, for a number of reasons that will no doubt be the subject of speculation in the future, the Clarity is leaving us. Oh, and the factory where it’s built is shutting down as well. Never mind.
Toyota land cruiser
This one definitely hurts. Yes, the Land Cruiser is leaving the United States. Now to be clear, no all is lost. A truck on the same platform, the Lexus LX, remains for sale in the United States, however.
As to why it doesn’t stay, well, the logic basically boils down to the fact that Toyota is going to make more money selling the LX compared to the Land Cruiser. SUVs are very popular in North America, and if you’re going to send one here, it might as well be the one raking the dough. The fact that the LX is still sold here doesn’t really change the sadness of the Land Cruiser leaving after so many years in the United States. Goodbye, my dear prince.
Oh man, is another weird hybrid leaving us? Well, this time it’s the one that makes sense. The Polestar 1 was the first car to come out under Volvo’s stand-alone Polestar brand, and I remember it being very heavy. Ah yes, it’s 5,165 pounds despite being a suave two-door coupe.
This is because with a turbocharger and 2.0-liter supercharged four-cylinder engine, the car was also equipped with a 32 kWh battery and electric motors to drive the rear wheels. Total system horsepower was 619 hp, and its base price of $ 155,000 reflects that. After three years and only 1,500 units built, the plug-in hybrid super-coupe is leaving us.
The VW Golf GTI and Golf R will remain in the US in 2022, however, the cheaper, non-performance-oriented versions of the hatchback will no longer be sold here. Will we miss it? Well, the Golf was never really popular in the United States outside of the hot versions, and with the crossovers becoming more popular year on year, the existence of a lower cost Golf was probably difficult. to justify. So the answer is no.
It’s unfortunate that another cheap car is leaving us, of course, but with the best versions still available, there’s really nothing to be sad about.
The CX-3, strangely enough, is actually based on the older Mazda 2, believe it or not. The stocky little crossover won’t survive the year as it was replaced by the CX-30, a slightly larger vehicle based on the Mazda3 hatchback. The CX-3’s demise is part of Mazda’s aforementioned plan to move upmarket, and the CX-30, powered by an optional 2.5-liter turbocharged engine that’s really punchy, is a definite upgrade.
The CX-3 is simply a victim of Mazda’s leap into the entry-level luxury world, and it even comes with a top replacement.
The Veloster N is the car that launched Hyundai’s venerable “N” performance division. Powered by a shiny and boosted 2.0-liter engine, it’s an enthusiast’s favorite and a joy to drive in stick shift or DCT mode. Similar to the Golf, the lower versions of the car did exist in a way. They were ok, not great, nothing remarkable, and that’s why the non-N Veloster is going away.
With the Veloster N arguably the biggest money generator and Hyundai’s lineup getting better with each passing year, there’s no doubt that the lower versions of the Veloster will be phased out to make way for higher quality products. . If I had to bet, people who bought the Veloster are probably just as interested in something like the Kona, Venue, or Tucson. Overall, losing the cheap Velosters is just not a huge loss as other similar vehicles, not just crossovers, already exist in the Hyundai lineup.
Volvo V60 and V90 station wagons
Railcars have never been a big seller in the United States, at least not since the massive American-made behemoths of the 20th century. While many now adult children may have fond memories of putting the family on the station wagon for a well-deserved vacation, they don’t buy them into adulthood. Like many of the last remaining wagons on the market, Volvo’s V60s and V90s were pretty much waiting to die. The Swedish automaker electrifies and electrifies quickly, and with the future in sight, it’s no wonder slow sellers are hitting the chopping block.
The sedan versions of these cars will survive, so if you really want a lowered Volvo, you still have options. If you want a long roof, however, you’ll need to act quickly.