5 Cars You Might Miss in 2015
It happens every year — the new models parade in through the showroom doors, and the elderly slow sellers are simultaneously shuffled right out the back. The unforgiving life cycle of the automobile. Many times the die-off is deserved, but there are a few old birds that we just aren't ready to let go of yet.
As we get closer to the end of the year, take a look below at a list of these dear departed, and the five cars we wish would stick around. At least for a little bit longer (click on the links to learn more).
With quirky looks and FJ throwback cues, the FJ Cruiser never felt like a ute that would linger on forever. But it's certainly one we'll miss. Off-road, the FJ was an absolute mountain goat. Its rough and tumble platform – nicked from the 4Runner – stood up well to abuse and found grip in areas that other 4x4's wouldn't. At the same time, it wasn't a spine abuser when driven on road. FJ, you will be missed.
Technically, the two-door CTS-V will live on for 2015. Technically. Cadillac announced that a scant 500 CTS-V Coupes would be built for 2015; most (if not all) of which have already been accounted for. So effectively this is the end, as well as a great chance to buy a legitimately limited run muscle car. The 2016 CTS-V has since broken cover; with 640hp under the hood, it's much more powerful, though it does have more doors.
For years, Lexus nicked buyers away from its German competition, providing sensible and luxurious cars, albeit without a real sense of urgency. Then in 2006, Lexus announced the high-performance F series and headlined the act with the 5.0-liter V8 toting, 416-horsepower spewing IS-F. Performance was now certifiably there. Although it's sad to see this show-starter leave, it has already ushered in a mighty follow-up act – the RC F.
Again, another dead-not-so-dead sportscar. The outgoing Jaguar XK has been around since 2007, and its preceding generation since 1996. But don't think that this two-door sportster was merely an elderly man shuttle. In XKR and XKR-S trims, the Jag was an absolute belter. Jaguar heaved 510 horsepower out of the recent R and a hefty 550 horsepower out of the S. The mere utterance of “XKR-S GT” is enough to make any motorhead go to their happy place. Production has ceased and the remaining 2015 models left are part of the final editions.
Is this one a bit tongue-in-cheek? Well, yes. The awkward CrossCabriolet has been with us for just a few years, and despite a rapid exodus of buyers to the burgeoning CUV market, the two-door soft top crossover unsurprisingly wasn't a top seller. Nevertheless, it isn't often that large global automakers take a gamble on something quirky like this, and it's kind of nice to see that they still have the temerity to do so.
More of the Departed
- Acura TL and TSX
- BMW 1 Series
- Chevrolet 'mild hybrid' Malibu and Impala
- Chrysler 200 Convertible
- Dodge Avenger
- Ford E-Series Van
- Honda Insight
- Hyundai Elantra Coupe
- Lamborghini Gallardo
- Mercedes Benz CL-Class
- Nissan Cube
- Scion xD
- Volkswagen Routan