These 4 subcompact SUVs are discontinued for 2023
This may be the year the American subcompact SUV dies. Manufacturers are dropping several SUVs for 2023. Chevy is killing the Trax and the tiny Spark. This is the recall year for the Buick Encore. The Ford EcoSport is dead. If you love these little SUVs, and if you hurry, you might be able to find one at your local dealership before they’re gone for good. With those gone, Jeep is the only traditionally American brand to offer a tiny subcompact SUV in the Renegade.
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The Chevy Spark may never have been super cool, but it was the cheapest new crossover (or car or whatever) you could buy in 2022. is that $13,600. But for that money you don’t get much. The Spark has a simple 1.4-liter four-cylinder that develops just 98 hp. That’s enough for getting around town, which the Spark was excellent for. In addition, it could be ordered with a manual transmission, which increased the fun.
The Chevy Trax SUV is also discontinued for 2023
The Chevy Trax was also an inexpensive city crossover. In recent years, however, Chevy limited what buyers could order by canceling trim packages and certain options. But why would you want a $21,400 Trax LS when you can get a larger Trailblazer for $21,800? Or a Hyundai Kona for $20,500? We can’t say if the Chevy Trailblazer was meant to replace the Trax, but it looks like buyers chose the slightly larger SUV, even if you can’t get the Trax’s upgraded 155-hp engine. The Trax never won the critics’ love.
The Encore is an appropriate name for 2023
The Buick Encore GX was revolutionary in 2013. It was a subcompact SUV with a penchant for luxury. It’s essentially the same SUV as the Trax also discontinued, but with options, it looks like a very different vehicle. It starts at $24,600 and offers 5 seats. The Buick is available in four flavors, GX, Preferred, Select and Essence, starting at $29,000. The Essence has a heated steering wheel, leather seats, plus driver safety aids and more. Inexpensive Buick fans will be disappointed. The Envision ST is now the cheapest Buick of the lot, and it starts at $32,945.
The Ford EcoSport also tilts
The EcoSport was never really sporty, but it was efficient. The EcoSport was Ford’s least expensive SUV. It starts at $22,040 and gets around 23 mpg in the city and 29 on the highway. It was designed around a 2-liter four-cylinder engine with optional all-wheel drive. It also has 60/40 split rear seats, which can also be folded flat for a generous cargo floor. The EcoSport was a small runabout, but it could be ordered in expensive trim levels. The EcoSport Titanium option started at $28,395, but for that money you get Ford’s AciveX seats and heated fronts. You can also order B&O sound and other luxury goodies.
But at its heart, the EcoSport was designed to be cheap to buy and inexpensive to buy. Ironically, the EcoSport leaves the Maverick truck as the cheapest Ford you can buy in 2023.
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