10 cars on the way out in 2012
Chevrolet Colorado: Though it has a budget price and an available V8 engine, this midsize pickup suffered from an aging transmission and platform, a 1990s interior and an unusually wide turning circle. A replacement is expected in coming years, but details are scant.
GMC Canyon: This counterpart of the Chevrolet Colorado has many of the same features and, like its aging counterpart, faces the same demise.
Hyundai Veracruz: While other midsize, 3-row SUVs have found willing buyers, Hyundai's people mover got lost in the crowd and never garnered the kind of sales success as its smaller utility vehicles. The Veracruz will effectively be replaced by a new 3-row Santa Fe in 2013.
Mercedes-Benz R-Class: This luxurious amalgamation of a minivan, SUV and wagon never caught on with American buyers, leading Mercedes-Benz to drop it from the U.S. lineup. Ironically, production of the R-Class will continue in Alabama for export to other countries, where it receives more respect.
Lexus HS: The first dedicated hybrid model from Lexus has found itself outmatched by its smaller sibling, the CT200h, which has better fuel economy and hipper looks at a lower price. For Lexus shoppers wanting something bigger, the new ES 300h hybrid is set to arrive in summer.
Mitsubishi Galant: This midsize sedan is set to be among the models getting the ax at Mitsubishi's Illinois plant as the automaker focuses on smaller, higher-mileage vehicles like the Outlander Sport and all-electric Mitsubishi i.
Mitsubishi Eclipse: Another casualty of Mitsubishi's plan to focus on smaller, fuel-efficient vehicles, the Eclipse coupe and convertible were once among the sportiest cars on the road for their price, but have lagged behind others in recent years.
Kia Sedona: Like the Hyundai Entourage before it, the value-priced Sedona minivan has become a tough sell in this competitive segment. While there won’t be a Sedona for the 2013 model year, Kia says it has a new one in the works -- likely to bow for the 2014 model year.
Dodge Caliber: This compact 5-door hatchback with a rather confusing personality -- not quite a wagon, not quite a crossover -- is exiting, stage left, making way for the more refined, much better-looking Dart sedan in Dodge's lineup.