- Some pretty cool cars are biting the dust in 2024.
- So we decided to put together a list of the ones we're going to miss the most.
- There are also more than a few we won't miss, find those at the bottom.
Every Car We're Going To Miss In 2024
Gone but not forgotten
There are a lot of cars that we won't see on dealer lots for the 2024 model year. Everything from rare luxury sedans to budget-friendly sports cars. Even more are biting than dust than what we've listed here, but we put together a short tribute to some of our favorites. Take a look at which cool cars we'll miss in 2024.
The Alpina B7 was, for a long time, the pinnacle of the BMW 7 Series range. There were models with more power and more cylinders (namely the M760Li models with their V12 engines), but none of those cars could blend luxury, prestige, and sports-car like handling the way their Alpina counterparts did. They were also usually the prettiest 7ers available. BMW has confirmed the current 7-Series won't get the Alpina treatment, and we're going to miss this fabulous luxury saloon.
The Audi R8 has cemented itself as one of the world's all-time great supercars. Both comfortable and lovely to drive with a soundtrack even Vivaldi would be jealous of, the R8 ends its 16-year run after 2023. We loved this car not just because it was great to drive but because it was truly the supercar you could use every day. The R8 nameplate may return, but it will likely be missing its raucous V10 — something we're going to miss.
The TT may not be as compelling as the R8, but it wrote a story all its own. The little two-seat was born as a coupe with a convertible eventually joining the mix. It may not have been as dynamically talented as other cars in its class (like the Porsche Cayman/Boxster duo), but the TT was still a joy to be in and operate — especially with the top down. The TT RS added a turbocharged five-cylinder engine with a unique soundtrack and oodles of performance. We're going to miss the TT and the five-cylinder sized hole the RS model is leaving in that class.
It's time for a number of large American sedans and coupes to be put out to pasture. The Chrysler 300 has been with us since 2005. It's always been a large and in-charge American sedan that harked back to the Chevrolet Impalas and the Buick LeSabre Customs of the 1960s — it also kind of looked like the Rolls-Royce Ghost if you squinted hard enough. While it was never perfect, the 300 was a huge seller for years, and various SRT and C-badged models added big V8s into the mix. Even though it wasn't perfect, its charm and rude boy persona are all worth remembering.
The Dodge Challenger is a legend, of this there can be absolutely no doubt. Re-introduced to the world after a decades-long hiatus, the Challenger brought Dodge's mean streak from the 70s and firmly planted that flag in the 21st century. Hellcat models were always the pinnacle of the range, and their supercharged V8s were hilarious, hell-raising monsters — even if they always were just a little more show than go.
Everything that can be said about the Challenger applies to the Charger, only the Charger was quite a bit more family-friendly thanks to its sedan body style. These cars always lacked a touch of refinement and were loosely based on a platform that dates back to the 90s. That said, the Charger had plenty of charm, and like the Challenger, its Hellcat models stole the show.
It's worth noting that the Charger name is slated to eventually make a comeback, but we don't know much about what it will look like and if it will be an EV or feature a new engine entirely. That will all have to wait until 2025.
The Stinger was a great sports sedan from Kia that never really got its day in the sun. It was spacious, fun to drive, generously equipped, and even quite handsome. The biggest knock on the Stinger was the GT models, which were powered by a turbocharged V6, were quite pricey. That said, the Stinger was underrated and underloved by too many, and we're sad to see it go.
The Mazda CX-9 was (and still is) one of the best SUVs in its class to drive. Beyond that, it suffered from lackluster cargo and passenger space, dated tech, and an ages-old mechanical platform. Its handling is the main reason we'll miss it, but there were plenty of places it could have improved. But it seems Mazda has addressed these concerns with the all-new CX-90, which is effectively the CX-9's replacement.
The Mercedes CLS was always the better-looking, nicer driving version of the Mercedes E Class. Sadly, the niche of the sedan that looks like a coupe is simply falling out of favor with American buyers. As a result, the CLS is on its way out of the U.S. market. We always enjoyed the CLS' blend of excellent packaging, great tech, and sleek looks but it seems that isn't enough for Mercedes to keep it around.
Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo
While most are familiar with the Panamera, there may be a few out there who didn't even know the Sport Turismo existed. It's essentially the wagon version of the Panamera that was handsome, brilliant to drive, and laden with Porsche magic that made it one of our favorite big wagons. With the brand new 3rd generation Panamera on its way, the Sport Turismo is dead. Don't look for a new wagon from Porsche any time soon — if at all.
The cars we won't miss
There are several cars we didn't mention in the list above because we won't mind their loss quite as much. Cars like the Nissan Maxima, Jeep Cherokee, and Jeep Renegade are relatively lackluster compared to their competition and we think the car landscape will be just fine without them. The loss of the Kia Rio is unfortunate because we've lost yet another cheap car (one that starts at less than $20,000), but it was slow, felt even cheaper than it was, and lacked the secret sauce that has made so many other recent Kias great. Hopefully, Kia sees it fit to introduce a brand new one, but as of right now, we haven't heard anything from the Korean marque.
We'll miss all of these cars, but we're hoping equally as interesting ones take their place (and soon).