The Upsides of the Cars Discontinued for 2016


There are 16 cars and crossovers being discontinued for 2016. Most you can say good riddance to, but there are some good deals to be had new or used on the models.

Shop these rides. Dealers will want to clear them new at deep discounts off their lots. On the used car market, once a car is no longer made, its price usually starts to drop.

Jeep Compass 2012

Here’s a quick rundown of the models as reported by the Chicago Tribune:

• Dodge Grand Caravan

Honda Crosstour

Honda alt-fuel vehicles

• Jaguar XK

• Jeep Compass and Patriot

• Mini Cooper Convertible, Coupe, Roadster

• Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

• Nissan Xterra

• Scion xB, xD, iQ

• Toyota Venza

• Volkswagen Eos

Sure, there are a couple of dogs in there like the Honda Crosstour (a car that answered the question no one ever asked); the Scion iQ, which wasn’t very smart; and, the Jeep Patriot.

2013 Mitsubishi Evo

But who wouldn’t want a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution? This car is going away not because it’s bad but because Mitsubishi is switching its focus in the United States.

The same could be said of the Mini Cooper Coupe. It’s not an Evo but it’s a fun little car to throw through twisty roads. Americans just don’t tolerate two-seaters, which means you should be able to find a good deal on a used one.

Toyota Venza 2013

The Dodge Grand Caravan is another victim of a switch in market focus, too. It’s good at what it does.

The same could be said of the Toyota Venza. My deep dark secret is I would own a Venza. It’s dependable, roomy enough for a family of four, and extremely comfortable to drive. Would it be my first choice? Heck no, but I wouldn’t kick it out of my driveway either.

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