• Dec 22, 2011
As we prepare to flip our calendars from 2011 to 2012, it's time to say goodbye to a handful of vehicles that are being sent to the Great Parking Lot In The Sky before the 2012 model year completely takes hold. And while we're not exactly upset about having to bid farewell to things like the Mitsubishi Endeavor, Mazda Tribute or Chevrolet HHR, there are a few vehicles that we're truly going to miss.

The Mazda RX-8, for example, has grown to be one of our favorite sports cars since its introduction in 2003. We love its lightweight construction, high-revving rotary engine and surprisingly functional suicide door design. It's kind of like a Miata with a roof and rear seats. Speaking of the Miata, Tesla's two-seat Roadster – the automaker's first production vehicle – proved to us that open-top motoring can be thrilling even with a stack of batteries driving the wheels.

We'll miss the Honda Element and its rugged, utilitarian nature. We'll miss the Volvo V50 and its capacious cargo area made for Ikea runs. And we'll really miss those large lords of luxury, the Cadillac DTS and Ford Crown Victoria. We've already said goodbye to the faithful but overripe Ford Ranger, and as ridiculous as the BMW X6 ActiveHybrid was, it was a shockingly good-to-drive electrified crossover.

There are plenty more models that won't be making the journey to the 2012 model year, so have a look at the full list in our attached image gallery, then let us know which ones you'll miss (if any) in the Comments.


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      JaredN
      • 3 Years Ago
      BMW, please send the 5 Series GT to the same place as the X6 Hybrid. I had the misfortune of seeing a 5 GT on the road this morning. What has been seen can never be unseen. [shocked]
        John M. Winters
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JaredN
        I saw one the other day. I wanted to throw something at the driver when he got out.
          chris
          • 3 Years Ago
          @John M. Winters
          I had the misfortune of seeing one about 3 weeks ago. What a hideous vehicle.
      1guyin10
      • 3 Years Ago
      And going away shortly into 2012 is the Dodge Caliber - to be replaced by the Dart...and not a day too soon.
      Email
      • 3 Years Ago
      The only cool car in Honda's lineup and they killed it. bye bye Element. "I pinch"
        CarCrazy24
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Email
        It was definitely one of those cars that didn't get popular until late in its cycle...as with most of their cars, Honda let it languish too long without a meaningful update/redesign.
      Stephanie
      • 3 Years Ago
      BMWs look like owls.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      About the only one that I would be sad to see go is the Ranger, but there is no way that Ford is going to leave a whole in their lineup for long, so its more of a matter of when a next-gen Ranger gets there than IF it will get here.
      Toneron
      • 3 Years Ago
      What about a list of models debuting?
      diggsosu
      • 3 Years Ago
      Puzzled by this....Mitsubishi is rolling out the Eclipse for 2012.....go to their site...lol...not sure where this site gets info from
      Mitchell
      • 3 Years Ago
      There comes a time when you have to say goodbye to the old so you can say hello to the new. With as many car manufacturers as there are now and with the new models they are pumping out every year it's really no surprise that so many will be going away. I was surprised to see the Dodge Dakota going away though, it always seemed like a good truck. http://www.performanceplustire.com/products/tires
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love the S40 and V50. Too bad Volvo doesn't have a replacement for them.
        chris
        • 3 Years Ago
        The V50 especially. I loved that little wagon. And you could even get it in a manual!
      SamBlob
      • 3 Years Ago
      I will miss: Cadillac STS Chevrolet HHR Ford Crown Victoria/Lincoln Town Car Ford Ranger Honda Element Mazda RX-8 With the PT Cruiser, the HHR, and the Element gone, are there *no* interesting wagons left?
        JoB
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SamBlob
        I believe you mean "no ugly cars left." I fixed that for you. You're welcome.
        wrxfrk16
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SamBlob
        The WRX and GTI five-doors come to mind, and both are way better to drive than either of those three. Shame to see the HHR SS killed along with the regular model though, that actually seemed like it could have been a fun little wagon.
        PJPHughes1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SamBlob
        The Volvo XC70, Audi A4 wagon and Caddy CTS wagon are probably one of the only ones left. I don't think you can order a BMW 328i Touring in 2012. With Saab dead, the 9-3 Sport Combi is gone too.
      hevace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Many of these are decent cars that serve a useful purpose. It's a shame that several will also have no replacement.
      e46mike
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't the X6 just go away all together?
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