Discontinued cars see deep discounts

Colin Bird
October 3, 2012


The transition from one model year to the next usually foretells the demise of a few worn-out nameplates. Come 2013, say goodbye to models like the Mitsubishi Galant, Kia Sedona and the Hyundai Veracruz.

While there’s probably not much love lost for these mediocre models, they will likely be deeply discounted and appealing to frugal shoppers.

The dying midsize Galant, available only with a single four-cylinder powertrain and plenty of standard features, is one of the most deeply discounted models on the list. It can be had for the low price of about $19,100 (including destination) after discounts. Mitsubishi consistently has offered $3,500 cash back on Galants during the past few months.

The Veracruz, a full-size crossover, is being cut to make room for an expanded 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe lineup. The Hyundai Elantra Touring — one of the rare remaining affordable station wagons on the market — is being replaced by a more contemporary hatchback model, the Elantra GT. Both models get generous cash-back offerings, coupled to low APR financing or decent long-term leasing offers.

Models like the Mazda CX-7, Lexus HS 250h and the Mercedes-Benz R-Class were also discontinued recently, and a few are still left at dealerships. We couldn’t find any advertised discounts for those models, but there are surely discounts to be had on those nameplates, too.

Some models, like the Chevrolet Impala and Jeep Liberty, are going to see wholesale changes in the coming model years, so we’ve included them in our discount list below.

Most deals expire at or near the beginning of October.