Cars come and cars go. Most of the time, it’s exciting to see new arrivals, replacements, and the steady progression and evolution of the automobile industry. On the other side of the coin, though, it’s also a bit sad (usually) to see vehicles leave. While some production runs come to end and bring sweet relief, others mark the passing of an iconic vehicle that had the magic that just can’t be replicated.
Automotive shopping and research tool iSeeCars.com threw together a list of vehicles that won’t live to see a 2016 model year. For some, 2014 is its last shot on the market, while others will stick around long enough to see 2015.
“While we’re languishing in our lounge or beach chairs this summer, enjoying our leisure time without stressing over such things as what cars are biting the dust in the near future, maybe we’ll be dismayed, amazed, or shake our heads in agreement over the ones on this list,” iSeeCars.com said in its analysis of 18 vehicles that won’t live beyond the 2015 model year.
This list is not intended to be all-inclusive, and some models may have been left out. Check out what will be leaving this earth for the great garage in the sky after the jump.
Editors’ Note: This post has been updated to reflect some last minute changes that were made involving the final tally of vehicles listed. There are 17 vehicles in total — some are doubled up like the Honda Insight and Clarity. Some adjustments were made last-minute and were not updated before publishing. Thank you to our readers for pointing out the issues to us.
1. Acura TL and TSX
The Acura (NYSE:HMC) TL and TSX, the company’s two leading sedans, will be swept away in favor of a singular replacement, the TLX. Acura has sort of put its sedans (until the TLX, that is) on the back burner, instead focusing on the profit-rich SUVs. Now, with the NSX on the way and a new flagship sedan, the TL and TSX have become the casualties of automotive war as Acura streamlines its lineup to become more competitive.
2. Honda Insight
Try as it might, the Honda Insight was never able to keep up with the low cost, the efficiency, or the versatility of the Toyota Prius. After years of struggling in the Prius’ shadow, Honda is throwing in the towel with the Insight (earlier generations of which can be credited with being one of the first hybrids to become available in America), as sales have stagnated and non-hybrid fuel economy alternatives continue to improve.
3. Honda Fit EV and FCX Clarity
Honda’s two limited, alternative fuel vehicles — both of which are essentially compliance cars — will no longer be offered after the 2015 model year. “Don’t expect the Fit EV to be gone forever, however, as sales of electric vehicles are expected to increase in coming years,” iSeeCars.com surmises. “That coupled with the fact that the regular Honda Fit is a strong seller points to a possible return for the Fit EV sometime down the line.” As for the hydrogen-powered FCX, Honda’s put too much money into that car for it to be gone for good.