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Andrew Ganz

From an electric hatchback to a rugged SUV, the list of discontinued cars for the 2022 model year is nothing if not diverse. Each vehicle was dropped from lineups for a specific reason, though slow sales ultimately spelled their demise.

In no particular order, here’s a look at the cars that won’t be coming back for 2022.

1. Toyota Land Cruiser

The rugged Land Cruiser name has been a part of Toyota’s /zigman2/quotes/200537742/composite TM -2.69% lineup in the U.S. since 1958, but 2022 marks the end of the bumpy road here. The Land Cruiser has been but a rounding error on Toyota sales charts in the U.S. for decades, in part due to a price that marched toward six figures.

A new version of the durable SUV will continue to be sold outside North America. Here, we’ll be offered the pricier (read: bigger profit margins) Lexus LX 600, which will be available with an off-road package.

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2. BMW i3

The quirky BMW i3 looked like nothing else in the BMW /zigman2/quotes/202432319/delayed XE:BMW -6.17% lineup when it bowed for 2013. It may signal the brand’s future, but for now, the i3 is going the way of the dodo bird simply because its 153-mile range fell way behind electric-car rivals.

The i3 laid the groundwork for a massive push toward EVs, but future electric models unveiled by the German automaker are set to look more like their gas-fueled counterparts. 

3. Volvo V90

Volvo /zigman2/quotes/208069681/composite VLVLY -3.60% may be known for its wagons, but American consumers haven’t bought them in droves since the 1990s. The big V90, which sits alongside the high-riding XC90 as the automaker’s flagship model, remains popular overseas but was essentially a special-order item for U.S. showrooms.

The V90 may leave, but the Cross Country version sticks around with its lift kit and fender flares. It handily outsold the lower V90 wagon, anyway. 

4. Mazda CX-3

Americans’ insatiable appetite for SUVs didn’t extend to the bite-size Mazda CX-3. Though the model sold reasonably well since its 2016 introduction, it was essentially replaced by the more shapely CX-30.

Mazda /zigman2/quotes/206326885/composite MZDAY -7.13% briefly sold the two alongside one another, but ultimately (and not surprisingly), the fresher design sticks around. 

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5. Volkswagen Golf

Here’s a fun fact: the VW /zigman2/quotes/204431732/composite VWAGY -3.63% Golf outlasted the original VW Beetle in the U.S. by 20 years. OK, there’s a caveat: the final Beetle had more in common with the first model than the 1975 Golf has with the final 2021 models.

The Golf isn’t totally disappearing from the U.S., however. The sporty GTI and Golf R versions stick around with a new design that’s more tech-heavy than ever. 

6. Honda Clarity

The Honda Clarity never seemed to know what it wanted to be when it grew up. Last year, Honda /zigman2/quotes/207173990/composite HMC -2.03% dropped the limited-range Clarity EV from the lineup, leaving only the rather expensive plug-in hybrid and the California-only fuel cell EV versions.

All Clarity models are gone for 2022, though Honda has said it amped up production to keep enough on dealer lots until a replacement arrives next year. 

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7. Volvo V60

See Volvo V90 above, but shrink to 60/90ths scale. This divine small wagon will stick around in chunky V60 Cross Country format, but the low-riding standard model bites the dust for 2022 after being available only as a special-order item.

The pick of the litter was long the V60 Polestar, a sport-tuned version with zippy looks, too. 

8. Mazda6

The sleek Mazda6 is an underappreciated sedan. It arrived just as the most recent SUV boom took off. Though it boasts stellar handling and a high-quality interior, the Mazda6 is not a high-riding SUV, and thus sales have never been strong.

Still, this often-discounted 4-door makes a great choice for drivers who don’t need a raised seating position and a big cargo area. 

9. Polestar 1

Gone before we even got to know it, the launch vehicle for the Volvo-owned Polestar brand has been discontinued. This comes as no shock, though, as Polestar made it clear that its only gasoline-motivated hybrid-electric car was a megabuck (think $155,000) style statement produced in limited numbers.

Polestar said from day one that it planned to build just 500 annually, and the automaker now transitions to a fully electric lineup. 

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10. Special mention: Hyundai Veloster

The Veloster lineup is pared to just the sporty Veloster N, a Nurburgring-tuned hatchback with quirky styling driving more like a button-down German sports car than an economy car.

The rest of the range is gone for 2022, though, and with its demise, the market loses another sub-$20,000 option.

This story originally ran on Autotrader.com.

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