10 Cars Discontinued in the Past 10 Years That Need a Comeback

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10 Cars Discontinued in the Past 10 Years That Need a Comeback

Cars, like friends, come and go. But that doesn’t make it any easier to suffer through yet another year with so many voids in the market — and our hearts.

Here’s a list, in no particular order, of 10 models discontinued in the past 10 years that we’d love to see make a comeback and soon. And don’t forget to leave your suggestions in the comments section below.


Pontiac GTO

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Based on the Holden Monaro, the fourth-generation GTO preceded the relaunched Chevrolet Camaro by half a dozen years. It was also pretty cool and came powered by a detuned Corvette V8 that could be paired with a manual transmission. With little chance of GM ever resurrecting the Pontiac brand, the GTO will continue to live on in our memories.

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Tesla Roadster

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Despite the quality issues that plagued Tesla’s first model — and the first mass produced electric sports car — the Roadster was ahead of its time. It wasn’t until the Model S, now the best-selling luxury sedan in the U.S., hit the market that people finally took notice of what the electric automaker was up to. The rumor mill says the Roadster will be back by 2019.


Ford Ranger

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The Ranger never exactly left hearts aflutter during its three decades on the North American market, but that doesn’t mean it’s not missed. And with GM proving a return to the small pickup market is viable, Ford is said to be ready to give it another go. (An added bonus is the rumored return of the Bronco, which would be built on the same platform.)

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Acura RSX

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Acura seems to have lost its way in recent years. Bringing back a sporty coupe could be just what the brand needs to get things back on track. The RSX was fast and fun, and earned a devoted following over the years as a result. And then it disappeared. With the Honda Civic Type R set to make its way to North America for the first time ever, Acura has a platform and powertrain at its disposal to rekindle the spark it lost a decade ago.


Hummer

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The Hummer brand was as much a victim of the Great Recession as it was its own ridiculousness. All it did was build big, inefficient sport utilities. But they could go almost anywhere, and were sure to make a statement while doing so. The chances of a Hummer-badged vehicle hitting the market are slim to none, but something similar to the Hummer HX Concept isn’t out of the realm of possibilities.


Honda S2000

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With all due respect to the Mazda Miata, the S2000 was a perception-changing roadster. It was powerful and fast, at one time claiming the title as the car with the most power per liter of displacement of any production car. It was also a victim of circumstance, with the global financial crisis gutting sales, eventually leading to the end of the S2K era. Rumor has it the S2000 will be revived in 2018 for Honda’s 70th anniversary.


Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon

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It’s hard to think of anything cooler than a near-600-horsepower station wagon. No body style was better suited to the CTS’ edgy design than the wagon. That it looked so good while blasting from zero to 60 mph in just four seconds made it one of the coolest sports cars on the market during its brief three-year production run. Sadly, Cadillac has put the kibosh on the idea of the CTS-V Sport Wagon’s return.

ALSO SEE: 2016 Cadillac CTS-V Review


Mazda RX

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With the long-rumored return of the rotary engine, and a turbocharged one at that, it’s almost a given that the RX name will be resurrected along with it. And it’s about damn time. It’s been four years since a coupe bearing those daunting letters was sold, a travesty when you consider the RX-7’s 25-year production run, followed by another nine years as the RX-8.


Toyota FJ Cruiser

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What’s not to love about a hardtop sport utility with tremendous off-road ability? The fact that it sported retro looks only added to the FJ Cruiser’s appeal. Toyota planned to limit the FJ’s run right from the start, so its discontinuation wasn’t a shock. It was, however, a mistake, and one that Toyota could atone for with a replacement. The automaker recently applied to trademark the “FT-4X” name, so there’s hope that such a successor could come sooner rather than later.


Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

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The death of the Lancer Evo is one of the biggest disappointments in the industry in recent memory. It also put an end one of the all-time great automotive rivalries, with Mitsubishi all but admitting defeat at the hands of the Subaru WRX STI. It’s time to bring back the Evo.

Is there a car that died in the past 10 years you want to see make a comeback? Let us know in the comments below!

  • smartacus

    i wish they brought back the NSX…as a real NSX

  • Robert Lanktree

    Lincoln LS.

  • Perry F. Bruns

    Hummer? Do we really need more Chevy Tahoes and Colorados with lift kits and “tough guy” bodies?

    GM should bring back Pontiac instead as a retro-modern car division. Make a retro-style GTO, a Knight Rider-style Trans Am on the modern Camaro platform, and other similar models, all with the styling and power of the classic Pontiacs, but with modern efficiency, safety, and creature comforts.

  • Westley DaMan

    There are always reasons for the greats being chopped. The fond memories always block out those reasons though.
    The GTO while containing a fabulous powertrain had a lot of quality issues and a bland exterior that for the huge amount of money that it cost wasn’t stealing customers away from the established players in the sports sedan market. American auto manufacturers do it every time. They come up with a great car that will challenge the big players in an established niche and then blow it by pricing it higher then the competitors. Latest example is the new Ford focus AWD monster priced above the WRX STI. EVO had a different problem, it was always just a step behind the STI in performance unless you got the right extra model. That being another problem, you have to be a easily recognised icon. If you have 10 different versions of the same car as the EVO did it gets confusing and people start to wonder if there is something wrong with the car. Subaru STI was close to it but much easier to recognise then all the multitude of names the EVO was given. Didn’t help that Mitsubishi is struggling with its main stream cars in the US and just doesn’t have the resources to keep the Evo competitive.
    Some of these vehicles just had things that weren’t worth living with day in and day out;
    Like the FJ and Hummer, with their rough ride poor fuel economy and most importantly the horrible visibility out of the vehicle. The Jeep has everything that they had but with better visibility, and better off road chops. Plus decades of heritage.
    The S2000 while a pretty car was saddled with an engine that had to be reved into the stratosphere to get the performance out of it. Americans were just not use to driving F1 inspired revs of 9k. It was just silly for the everyday use. It screamed at that level and it wore on you after awhile. The Miata had much easier reached performance and you didn’t feel like you were about to break the car doing it. If the S2000 had a more mainstream revving engine and a more reasonable price point it would be an enormous hit.
    Lastly in the category of problems that are to much for everyday use is the RX7. The rotary engine while light had to many issues that kept it from being fun everyday. Like the burning of oil so that you had to constantly keep checking it to make sure you had enough. When it first came out it wasn’t as big of a deal but now cars are so much better that checking your oil between oil changes just isn’t done anymore. (should be but isnt) plus then main advantage of being extremely lightweight and tiny has been eroded overtime with the better small turbocharged engines and lighter weight materials. So what you got in the latest version was a cool looking car that burned oil got horrible gas mileage and performed no better then a dozen other cars that didn’t have those problems.

    So while I loved most of the cars in this list and had most of them. I found out the hard way that it quickly looses it’s appeal if you have to deal with issues that other comparable cars don’t have.

  • Westley DaMan

    I really liked the look of the LS, it was the last time that it looked like an eloquent luxury car and not some silly weird faced copy of the car it came from. It’s pretty bad when the base car looks better then the luxury version they make off of it.

  • Westley DaMan

    I think there are companies that do just that. I have seen some really cool pictures on the net.
    Transamdepot is one of the many I believe and things like the GTO and others are made as well.

  • Rob Miyashiro

    Mazdaspeed3. Great power and handling although a bit torqueier (?) than many hot hatches. I have a 2010 model and would love to get the next generation.

  • Tae Lyn Allison

    small good getabout good cargo and fun mobile the ‘Chevy HHR’
    also would love to see the S-10 but that is 13 yrs back

  • Steve Waclo

    Our ’08 Altima Coupe, 3.5 SE, Code Red with a six speed just clocked 105k and runs like the day it was new. 22 city/30hwy with push button start, 4 wheel discs, Traction Control, VDC, ABS, TPMS, 6 Air Bags, dual climate control, sunroof, 8 speaker Bose, LED’s in side mirrors and HID headlamps (as opposed to HID turn signals :). Third set of tires, shocks/struts all the way around and we’ll probably keep it forever. All Altima’s are now CVT :(.

  • Mark Tupper

    Mazda 323f 2.5 V6 Looked gorgeous and went like stink! – I loved mine!

  • lefttoright

    …and before you believe all that bs, the list is good one. Most of the points you make our opinions based on second hand knowledge. The fact that you state that about the S2000 and RX8 is apparent. There isn’t a half a dozen other cars that competed with those cars at that price point. How do I know? I’ve owned two RX8’S and an S2000. Unless your talking about a Boxster, they’re wasn’t anything that could touch it in handling except the Miata…but the Miata is and has always been 50hp short of being truly fantastic and fun.

  • Robert Dwyer

    I wold rather see the G8 come back instead of the GTO. I owned both and they were both good cars. I now own a 2016 Chevy SS Sedan that is the evolution of the G8. A fantastic car with 415 HP and a 6 speed manual that will be discontinued in 2017 as Holden in Australia is shutting down production for good.

  • VulpineMac

    In order: N, Y, Y, N, N, Y, N, Y, N, N. You guys missed out on a lot of nice cars that deserve a comeback more than the ones you picked.

  • Carlos J Rohena

    ISUZU VEHICROSS !!!!

  • Paul Keats

    A REAL Ford Thunderbird