These Are The Cars You Think Will Disappear From The Road In The Next 10 Years

Photo: Fisker
Photo: Fisker

Every day, cars are disappearing from the road. Sometimes, they’re just not meant to last or technology has passed them by. Regardless of the reason, there are always cars that one day just seemingly vanished into thin air. That thought is what inspired our question from last week.

I wanted you all to use your little crystal balls and predict what cars would be completely off the road in just 10 years time. You all gave some really interesting answers because we’ve got everything from modern luxury cars, to today’s crop of EVs and vehicles from orphaned automakers that probably won’t have wide parts availability in a decade.

I feel that a few of you are deeply wrong about some of these answers, and I’ve explained myself in the comments. It’s your world, though, so I included them.


Anyway, why don’t ya start clicking and see what cars your fellow Jalops will think will be completely gone from our roads in 10 years time? Do you folks agree with everything said here, or are there cars missing?

Nissan Leaf

Photo: Nissan
Photo: Nissan

Nissan Leaf. First gen for sure, in 10 years second gens will probably also be gone. They’re not terrible cars, their batteries are just literally not designed to last.

I always forget the Leaf is still on sale because of how uncompetitive it is. Nissan had such a huge lead in the EV world with the Leaf, and it completely squandered it. Too bad.

Submitted by: Axel-Ripper

Small Fords

Photo: Ford
Photo: Ford

I really wanted to like the C-Max, but yeah - didnt sell all that well then and dropping like flies now according to Polk.

Honorable mention: 2012-up Focus with the Powershit transmission. This will take a bit longer than the C-Max because they did sell pretty well. All that will be left are the base model manual trans cars that nobody bought and the few STs.

Yeah, any car with a Powershift automatic was born to die.

Submitted by: huell-howitzer

Mundane Challengers, Chargers and 300s

Photo: Chrysler
Photo: Chrysler

They’re already out of production and the ones still sitting on dealers’ lots are being heavily discounted. Once they hit the secondary market, they’ll be hooned and neglected until something expensive breaks, and then they’ll be scrapped because the cars do not hold their value.

Think I’m wrong? How many Dodge Magnums do you see on the road today? They used to be everywhere.

With the exception of some Hellcats and other high performance variants that will be pampered and only taken out of the garage on sunny Sunday afternoons, most of the millions of Challengers, Chargers and 300s will be gone.

These will live on until rental car lots get rid of them. At that point, they’ll officially be dead.

Submitted by: Earthbound Misfit I

Fisker Ocean

Photo: Fisker
Photo: Fisker

Technically it’s already gone, but the cars are still out putzing around. Given their reputation, I think it’ll be about 10 months before they all but disappear, bricked by unsupported software with glitches.


Submitted by: Rockchops


Photo: Saab
Photo: Saab

Saab. You still see a decent amount of final generation 9-3s, but limited parts availability for anything that can’t be sourced from the GM family pool will likely kill off any remaining survivors.

I disagree with this. There’s going to be aftermarket enthusiast support for Saabs until the Earth stops spinning. People love these weird little Sweedish cars too much to let them die.

Submitted by: Hankel_Wankel

Tesla Cybertruck

Photo: Tesla
Photo: Tesla

Please please please be sooner than ten years, but if it takes ten years, I’ll wait.

The Cybertruck is going to occupy the same space the Hummer H2 occupied in the late 2000s. The first owners will dump them after a few years, and then they will get passed to second, third fourth and fifth owners until they’re rendered undrivable. To be fair, I don’t know if they’ll mechanically make it that long.

Submitted by: Give Me Tacos or Give Me Death’

Dodge Journey

Photo: Dodge
Photo: Dodge

Dodge Neons will be around forever, because the SRT-4 ACR cars are so valuable that people will always maintain them.

EVs are the easy answer, for obvious reasons. But as far as ICE cars go... I do not think you will see a Dodge Journey on the road ten years from now. They’re just not good enough for people to spend money maintaing them, and companies are pumping out so many vastly superior 3-row people movers that nobody is going to need to go with the worst option.

No, these will be around forever. They’re like roaches. They cannot be killed no matter how hard you try.

Submitted by: neverspeakawordagain

Late Model German Luxury Sedans

Photo: Audi
Photo: Audi

Maybe too broad a statement, but most of the Luxury German sedans. They are so cost prohibitive to repair that they’ll just fade away. I mean I own a 09 S5 but the A5's are practically (pricewise) throw away cars right now as their 4cyl is prone to grenade. So I guess I’ll specifically nominate Audi A4’s, but again any equivalent German middle to lower spec sedan will suffice.

These Audis were always very good-looking cars, but unfortunately, they were pretty handily surpassed by the C Class and 3-Series.

Submitted by: Monsterajr


Photo: Lucid
Photo: Lucid

Yes, I agree: the current EVs will go poof! and disappear. Especially the Lucid models

Between depreciating as quickly as dropped rocks

And not getting half the money sunk in one after only 8 months of ownership

People will take a jaundiced to these too-expensive EVs and Lucid goes bye-bye. And since Lucid is financed by the Saudis, providers of most of the 9/11 hijackers, I want them to disappear.

If Lucid can figure out how to stop burning money, it is going to be a force to be reckoned with. The Air, regardless of trim, is one of the best EVs I’ve ever driven, and Lucid’s tech is something to be really excited about.

Submitted by: the1969DodgeChargerFan

Nissan Altima

Photo: Nissan
Photo: Nissan

“But TheSchrat”, I hear you starting to type (yes, I can hear it from this far away), “the Altima is everywhere and beloved by the BHPH crowd!”

Well, yes, but there is no longer going to be any new stock for them and they’re driven hard by the kinds of people who have damage from the front to rear quarterpanels (and everything in-between). I don’t see them nearly as much as I used to, and the old #justaltimathings antics I used to see on the road are starting to be performed by Tesla Model 3s and Nissan Rogues.

Also, I haven’t seen any fifth, sixth, or seventh generation Maxima in years (not to mention all the earlier ones), and they sold tens of thousands a year for many years. The Altima is going to suffer the same fate.

You can kill the Altima, but you can’t kill the idea.

Submitted by: TheSchrat

Chrysler PT Cruiser

Photo: Chrysler
Photo: Chrysler

It’s almost there, but I still see a few hanging on for dear life, mostly in the more rural areas. But they’re not collectible. And the few that may have been babied will get sold or passed down as the geriatrics that still cherish them pass on. Give it another 10 years and you’ll never see one.

One day, 20 years from now, someone is gonna pull up to a car meet in a mint PT Cruiser. They’re going to be a celebrity at that event.

Submitted by: elgordo47


Photo: Polestar
Photo: Polestar

I like the Polestars, I think they’re beautiful, and I like Volvos for the same reason. I just don’t think Polestar as a company will survive ten more years.

I really hope Polestar figures it out because the 2 is an excellent car. Regardless, I think all of today’s EVs will be gone rather soon.

Submitted by: NBM343

Ford Flex

Photo: Ford
Photo: Ford

They sold 300k of these full-size family haulers; and if you ever had one and used it for it’s intended purpose, you knew how great they were. The problem was actually getting families into them. If you didn’t drive one, you’d never know.

The Flex lives on as the Hyundai Santa Fe (this isn’t a slight, I really like both the Flex and Santa Fe). You could also get these cars with a twin-turbo EcoBoost V6, and that is so sick.

Submitted By: The Voice of Harold Montgomery

Volkswagen New Beetle

Photo: Volkswagen
Photo: Volkswagen

Volkswagen New Beetle. Remember when these were everywhere? They only stopped production 5 years ago after making some 350,000 of them, now I only see 1-2 a month. The catch is that it’s the same 1-2 I see over and over again (probably owned by true loyalists.) In 10 years the few that are left now will have succumbed to accidents, salt, or just life.

New Beetles will be around as long as quirky high schoolers who just learned how to drive are around. They won’t be in good shape, but they’ll still be here.

Submitted by: Gin and Panic

Alfa Romeo’s Current Fleet

Photo: Alfa Romeo
Photo: Alfa Romeo

Kind of fragile, but not quite a beloved enough enthusiast vehicle to suffer any irritation? I expect to see the odd Giulia running around for decades (especially Quadrifoglios), but I’d almost be shocked to see a Stelvio on the road past the end of the year.

These crossovers are very pretty, but I think you’re right.

Submitted by: Maymar

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Photo: Mitsubishi
Photo: Mitsubishi

The Mitsubishi Eclipse cross. It was actually a good looking little cuv to me, but this was a tragic case where this should have just been a next generation Outlander sport. I see more 3/4 G Eclipses than I do this car. I think the last time I saw it in the wild was when it came out and then I saw one last year driving around. good car on the used market, But with a name that didn’t live up to I’d say they’ve already disappeared.

I feel like these are already gone, yeah. I don’t know the last time I saw one.

Submitted by: darthspartan117

Chrysler Minivans

Photo: Chrysler
Photo: Chrysler

Chrysler mini-vans, even though they have made millions of them, they seem to get used up and thrown away.

I see very few of the last generation ones on the road already; and super rare to see any that are older than that.

On the other hand, I expect to see Chevy Astros for the next 100 years because I still see a ton of them even though they have been out of production forever.

As a Chrysler van enthusiast, this breaks my heart, but you’re probably right.

Submitted by: thisismyid2

Pre-Bailout GM Products

Photo: Pontiac
Photo: Pontiac

The last of the GM melty plastic-mobiles. The last of the cheddar melt pontiacs, raclette oldsmobiles, the luminas, all the plastic bodied cars will be lost in time, like tears in rain... Time to die.

I think this will be true everywhere but Michigan. Old Pontiacs will continue to roam the streets of The Mitten long after you and I are gone.

Submitted by: Buckfiddiousagain

Toyota Teardown

Photo: Toyota
Photo: Toyota

Well if it keeps going like its going: Any Toyota product with that twin turbo v6.

OOOF. Gott’em!

Submitted by: Nemo

The Current Batch Of EVs

Photo: Ford
Photo: Ford

I hope you are right about EVs. That would actually be awesome for basically everyone...if the technology in 5 years is just so much better than it is now, that everything now is obsolete. Though I am not sure why you linked to the R3 (which looks awesome imo), when that uses just regular battery technology.

The two technologies that could make this leap are 1) solid state batteries and/or 2) rechargeable lithium metal batteries. People say these are doable and on the horizon, but we will see. Dark horse (but very unlikely*) technologies that could (but probably won’t*) make the leap are e-fuels and hydrogen. People continue to work on these and you never know.

*- I will ignore you for coming at me for the e-fuels/hydrogen take...please note that I say these are very unlikely. Don’t list the ways these won’t be viable...I know the reasons., which is why I say ‘very unlikely’.

The stuff coming down the pipeline in terms of EVs is just going to be so much better than what’s currently out there. Present-day electric vehicles just don’t stand a chance I fear

Submitted by: iblameRichardScarry

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