Actually this happens every year. As the new model year dawns, various automobiles pass away — some fondly remembered, some ridiculed and reviled. So, we have a list of vehicles whose time has come and gone, passing into the great beyond for the 2014 model year. And for some of them it really is the right thing to do.
Acura ZDX (2010-2013) – the brother of equally unsuccessful Honda Crosstour, but with a higher price tag and less interior space. Automotive designers have proven once again that most modern buyers do not like fastback styling – at least, not when it looks like this.
Cadillac Escalade EXT (2007-2013) – the idea of a Cadillac pickup still seems a bit strange, as many lesser pickups, such as the Ford F-150 Limited, Chevrolet Silverado LTZ Z71, GMC Sierra Denali and Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn, come close to this Cadillac in luxury appointments and offer more utility.
GM’s hybrid trucks (2009-2013) – with the advent of the new line of full-sized pickups and SUVs, GM’s truck-based hybrids all die a merciful death. Available on Cadillac, GMC and Chevrolet pickups and SUVs, their mileage was somewhat better than the rest of the line, but their high cost easily obliterated any fuel savings.
Nissan Altima Coupe (2008-2013) – with the passing of the model, the sole survivor in this class is the Honda Accord. Sadly, the Altima two-door actually still had the sporty demeanor and moderate cost to attract buyers.
Toyota Matrix (2003-2013) – this five-door version of the Toyota Corolla always trailed its four-door sibling in popularity.
Volkswagen Routan (2009-2013) – actually a thinly disguised Chrysler minivan, the model never caught the fancy of VW buyers, who never quite believed that the Routan was a real VW.
Volvo C30 (2008-2013) and Volvo C70 (1998-2013) – actually quite obvious, although good models both, neither was very fitting with the safety-conscious Volvo buyers.