Cars Discontinued In 2015
2015 has been a great year for the automotive industry, bringing us everything from faster-than-ever performance cars, to roomier and more efficient family vehicles, to semi-autonomous rides, and new-generation electric and hydrogen-powered models. We also saw a large number of fascinating new concept cars that will become production vehicles in the future, while several automakers reached benchmarks that seemed impossible a decade ago.
However, 2015 was also a year that saw many models being discontinued here in the United States. While some are aging models that are being replaced by new nameplates, other vehicles were simply phased out due to slow sales or because they were developed for niches that are no longer feasible in today’s changing market.
With the year now coming to an end, TopSpeed is taking a look back at the discontinued cars we said goodbye to in 2015. But, rather than include all the models that got the axe last year, I focused on those that most of us will miss and the vehicles that, at some point in their life cycle, made a significant impact on the market. Find out more about it below and tell us which model you will miss the most in the comments section.
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Introduced in 2004 and redesigned in 2009, the SRX has been Cadillac’s best-selling model in the United States since 2010, when it began outselling the larger Escalade. Praised for its abundant luxury and safety features, classy cabin design, good ride and handling, the SRX sold more than 50,000 units a year between 2010 and 2014. As Cadillac’s most popular crossover in the last half-decade, the SRX will definitely be missed. The good news is that it will be replaced by the XT5, an SUV of similar shape and size, but with a much more attractive design and state-of-the-art technology.
Read our full review on the Cadillac SRX here.
Unlike other vehicles in this list, the Dodge Durango is far from old and its sales are consistent within the company’s lineup. With sales on the rise since 2012, with more 60,000 units per year in both 2013 and 2014, the Durango seems to be a solid vehicle for both Dodge and FCA here in the U.S. Despite its success and recent update, which dates back only to 2014, the Durago is living its final months on the market. With no major changes over the 2014 upgrade, the SUV will continue to be sold as a 2015 model until mid-2016. Why is Dodge retiring one of its most popular offerings? Well, there’s no official reason for that, but word has it Dodge will retain the nameplate and relaunch it after Chrysler revives the Jeep Grand Wagoneer. It should grow in size and receive a brand-new design, but until that happens, the Durango will remain a vehicle most premium SUV enthusiasts will dearly miss.
Read our full review on the Dodge Durango here.
Launched only six years ago as a low-slung crossover based on the Accord, the Crosstour slotted below the boxy Pilot in the brand’s North American lineup. An oddball with a fastback-like design that competed in a niche it shared only with the Toyota Venza, the Crosstour topped 28,000 units in 2010, its first full year on the market. Since then, sales have declined below the 20K mark, which made it rather unfeasable for an automaker looking to increase its presence on the crossover market. With the new, less controversial HR-V and the redesigned Pilot already available, the Crosstour got the axe in August 2015. I’m sure very few will actually miss this contraption outside those who purchased one and were hoping for a refresh.
Read our full review on the Honda Crosstour here.
In 2015, Mazda decided to drop two models from its lineup in North America. One of them is the Mazda2 subcompact, the brand’s smallest offering on U.S. soil. Surprisingly enough, the decision came as Mazda launched a redesigned model globally and opened an assembly line for it just South of the border, in Mexico. But despite having everything it needed to launch the fourth-generation, Kodo-inspired Mazda2 in the U.S., the Japanese opted to axe the model due to slow sales. The only vehicle related to the new Mazda2 you can buy in the U.S. is the Scion iA, which uses similar underpinnings. The iA, however, is more related to the new Toyota Yaris sedan rather than the Mazda2, as it features a four-door sedan body.
Read our full review on the Mazda2 here.
The Mazda5 is the second Mazda you won’t be able to find in dealerships starting in 2016. The minivan-like model was redesigned in 2010 and updated in 2013, but sales have been too sluggish for the Mazda5’s presence on U.S. soil to make sense beyond 2015. The Japanese didn’t even bother to bring a replacement, opting to shift their focus on crossovers, which are growing more popular globally. Fortunately, Mazda enthusiasts have plenty of crossovers to choose from, as the brand has recently launched both the CX-5 and the CX-9, while a new CX-7 is rumored to arrive soon.
Read our full review on the Mzda5 here.
Arguably the most dated vehicle on this list, the current-generation Xterra has been around since 2005. Although it’s still a capable off-roader and an appealing and affordable proposition to those who like to explore the great outdoors, the Xterra has fallen behind in terms of safety and emissions equipment. A redesign would’ve been too costly for Nissan, which decided the investment wasn’t worth it and sent the SUV into the history books. For 2016, Nissan offers the recently redesigned Rogue, which replaced the X-Trail and costs about as much as the Xterra.
Read our full review on the Nissan Xterra here.
Introduced in 2003 as one of the two models in the lineup of Toyota’s U.S.-exclusive Scion division, the xB was received with great enthusiasm. Despite its controversial, boxy design and small-displacement engines, the xB moved more than 40,000 units a year between 2004 and 2008, peaking at more than 60K in 2006. However, 2009 saw a significant decline in sales, with the compact dropping below the 26,000-unit mark. In 2014, xB sales reached an all-time low at 16,583 examples and Scion decided to drop the model in 2015. Its spacious interior with above-average rear legroom, responsive four-cylinder engine, and unusual styling will definitely be missed. On the other hand, the disappointing fuel economy and rough ride won’t be.
Read our full review on the Scion xB here.
Engineered in Michigan and designed in California, the Toyota Venza was the first fastback-like crossover to hit U.S. showrooms, preceding the Honda Crosstour by nearly a year. The jacked-up Camry was quite popular for a niche car in its first years on the market, but sales began to drop below 40,000 units in 2013 and 30,000 examples in 2014. Despite selling twice as many models than Honda, Toyota decided to end production of the U.S. market in June 2015. No replacement will be developed, with the boxier Highlander remaining the closest vehicle to a Venza in Toyota’s current lineup.
Read our full review on the Toyota Venza here.