It happens every year. We bid adieu to some cars and trucks that will be missed, and say good riddance to others wondering how they stayed around so long. Whether they're being killed off for slow sales or due to a new product coming along to replace them, the list of vehicles being discontinued after 2012 is surprisingly long and diverse.

CNN Money has compiled a list of departing vehicles, to which we've added a few more of our own. In the slow sales column, cars like the Lexus HS 250h, Mercedes-Benz R-Class and the full Maybach lineup appear, while the Ford Escape Hybrid, Mazda CX-7 and Hyundai Veracruz are all having their gaps filled with more modern and more fuel-efficient alternatives. Obvious exceptions to the rule include models that still sell in decent numbers like the Jeep Liberty and the Chrysler Town & Country (which will eventually be replaced by a crossover-like vehicle).

Check out our gallery of discontinued cars above, then scroll down for more information.
Here is the current full list of vehicles being dropped following the 2012 model year or at some point during the 2013 calendar year:

2012 Model Year
Ford Escape Hybrid – replaced by 2013 Ford Escape EcoBoost
Hyundai Elantra Touring – replaced by 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT
Hyundai Veracruz – discontinued (made redundant by 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe)
Infiniti G25 – discontinued (other G series models continue)
Jeep Liberty – discontinued (to be replaced by future SUV)
Kia Sedona – discontinued (to be replaced by future minivan)
Lexus HS 250h – discontinued (made redundant by 2013 Lexus ES 300h)
Mitsubishi Eclipse/Eclipse Spyder – discontinued
Mazda CX-7 - discontinued (made redundant by Mazda CX-5)
Mercedes-Benz R-Class – discontinued
Maybach 57/62/Landaulet – discontinued

The following cars will be around for the 2013 model year but will be dropped sometime early next year:

2013 Model Year
Volvo C70 – discontinued
Chevrolet Avalanche – discontinued
Chrysler Town and Country – to be replaced by future crossover


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      owenrec
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow - I had no idea the Eclipse was still in production. Crazy!
      Andrew
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Mercedes-Benz R Class is only discontinued in the US (even though they're made in Alabama). 2013 models will be available for import from the US in Canada, Mexico, China, and Europe.
      WillieD
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think Ford should have offered a hybrid version of the new Escape. It's obvious it would get much better than the old one so I don't think the EcoBoost 1.6L really takes the place of a hybrid. And the hybrids are great for taxi drivers and those who drive a lot in the city.
        dreadcthulhu01
        • 2 Years Ago
        @WillieD
        Ford has the C-Max Hybrid coming out later this year, which should cover the 2WD hybrid Escape drivers; like the new Escape, the C-Max is a lifted mk3 Focus, and fairly similar in size. The C-Max will get much better fuel economy than the 2012 FWD Escape hybrids - 47/47 mpg, vs 34/31 mpg, while having a starting price of ~$25k vs the $30k Ford was asking for the 2012 FWD Escape hybrid. For those who need AWD, the 1.6 Ecoboost Escape gets 22/30 mpg, compared to 30/27 mpg for old AWD Escape hybrid; at least Ford charges a good $7k less for the 2013 Escape vs the AWD 2012 Escape hybrid.
          WillieD
          • 2 Years Ago
          @dreadcthulhu01
          I did forget about the C-Max so that should be a good replacement, especially since it gets even better fuel economy. Of course it won't appeal to those who want something that looks like an SUV, but I guess you can't have it all.
      Jeremy
      • 2 Years Ago
      All this time, I thought I was the only one that likes the R-Class
      mike.mor
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't we all wish that the Prius would make it to the top of this list ?
        axiomatik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mike.mor
        Every Prius driver is saving gasoline, leaving more for the rest of us to burn. Stop complaining.
        4540flossy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mike.mor
        Not really. If you don't like the Prius, don't buy one. Simple as...
      Autoblogist
      • 2 Years Ago
      Such shame, the current Ecilpse is an engineering marvel.
      subaroo15
      • 2 Years Ago
      Go figure, the lines on this car date back to an old bodied Mercedes and the pricetag reflects a used tenfold. Good to see the Koreans beat past this junk before 2010 rolled around.
      Lindeberg de Menezes
      • 2 Years Ago
      What about the Chevrolet Captiva Sport, Honda Ridgeline, Jeep Patriot and Compass, Scion xB and xD, Subaru Tribeca and Volkswagen Touran?
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      If only the Crosstour was on that list as well.
      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford Escape Hybrid – A turbo model placing a hybrid? Sounds good to me. Hyundai Elantra Touring – Never remembered Hyundai made these. Hyundai Veracruz – Never knew Hyundai made these. Infiniti G25 – Infiniti, "Haha, we were just kidding. We knew it was a useless idea all along." Jeep Liberty – But it made so much sense for Jeep to sell 3 CUV models... /s Kia Sedona – For when you gave up on life. Lexus HS 250h – Overpriced Corolla with a useless hybrid system so you can still pretend you're being green. Mitsubishi Eclipse/Eclipse Spyder – They still sold these? Mazda CX-7 - Because you needed a minivan but wanted a smiling SUV. Mercedes-Benz R-Class – The only truly cool minivan available in the US, R63 AMG, will be missed. The rest of them: meh. Maybach 57/62/Landaulet – A sad day for Rick Ross. Volvo C70 – Eh, 6 years is a good run. Chevrolet Avalanche – But.. but... CR just said it was this year's truck of the year! /s Chrysler Town and Country – Does this mean the Dodge model is going away too? Or is this one step closer for Chrysler to finally stop selling the same car under multiple brands?
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        Also no, the Dodge minivan is sticking around. The thought was that it, not the Chrysler, would go away, but the Chrysler brand 'needs' a crossover far more than Dodge needs another one.
      FuelToTheFire
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like what Chrysler is doing. Crossovers are the way to go. They deliver all the space of minivans with better poor weather and towing capability. Also, I prefer the increased ride height. For one, the visibility is much better, but you also feel macho and you feel like you're commanding the road when you sit in an SUV. You feel as if the thing is indestructible, as if nothing can hurt you.Which is definitely a good thing in my book.
        flychinook
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        No, Crossovers are not the way to go. Grand Caravan vs Chevrolet Traverse (The largest "crossover" I could think of) --Cargo space, in cubic feet-- All seats up: 33 vs 24 Behind 2nd row: 83 vs 69 Behind 1st row: 144 vs 116 That doesn't look like "All the space of minivans" to me. Better Visibility? Rubbish - both vehicles have upright seating positions, but most minivans have larger windows, while CUVs seem to be suffering from the same high beltlines and shrinking windows that is killing outward visibility is modern sedans. Better poor weather capability? How so? The Traverse has 1.6" more ground clearance than the Grand Caravan. Whoop-de-doo. Many new crossovers also have larger rims, which means more expensive tires. A minivan with more affordable snow tires would be better in anything short of a blizzard. Towing? I have never in my life seen a crossover pulling anything more than a u-Haul trailer. Who buys a crossover for towing? (btw, the caravan will tow 3500 lbs). Feeling of indestructibility?? Well that would explain all the rolled-over SUVs I see in the ditch every winter. Know what makes me feel less vulnerable? Not driving like a dipsh*t.
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      They forgot the Galant, it is dead as well. RIP to the R Class which will forever go down in history as hands down one of the best road trip vehicles I've ever been in.
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