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10 Vehicles From 10 Years Ago You Have Forgotten About

Published on June 27, 2022 in Pre-owned vehicles by The Car Guide

The automotive market is evolving rapidly. New models are introduced, and others are retired, sometimes after only a short career. For pre-owned vehicle buyers, searches in online inventories can yield surprising results.

Here are 10 models from 10 years ago that you have probably forgotten about …  

Acura CSX

Photo: Acura Canada Inc.

In the early 2010s, the Acura CSX was one of Acura’s most affordable models and was a barely spruced-up version of an eighth-generation Civic. In its last year (2011), it came with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder producing 155 horsepower and 139 ft-lb of torque. We like this car because it’s fun to drive and it has good reliability. 

Chevrolet HHR

Photo: Chevrolet

This retro-styled family car with a modern touch was intended as an answer to Chrysler’s PT Cruiser. Of course, the Chevrolet HHR is not a traditional vehicle. A pioneer of the sub-compact crossover genre maybe? Its 2.4-litre 4-cylinder engine produces 172 horsepower.

Dodge Caliber

Photo: Dodge

Before the Dart, Dodge’s compact car was the Caliber, a convenient hatchback model with a relatively spacious trunk. If you’re into it, look for the Rush trim, equipped with a 2.4-litre 4-cylinder that generates 172 horsepower.

Dodge Nitro

Photo: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

A cousin of the similarly short-lived Jeep Liberty, the Dodge Nitro impressed with it boxy shape, but what else? Terrible braking, high fuel consumption, dodgy quality, and so on … Drivers were disappointed, and Dodge chose to put their money on the Journey instead, which was less expensive and more popular with families.  

Ford Explorer Sport Trac 

Photo: Ford

Can’t get your hands on the new Ford Maverick? Go back in time, not with the former Ranger, but rather with the Explorer Sport Trac, a sort of cross between an SUV and a pickup truck. Just like the Explorer, it was available with a 4.0-litre V6 and a 4.6-litre V8. The latter is the best of the two, and it has better fuel economy!

Honda Crosstour

Photo: Honda Canada

Many remember the Element from the 2000s, unlike the Crosstour, which was launched during the following decade. If its design does not bother you too much, you’ll get a sturdy and well-built five-door crossover. It's comparable to an original Toyota Venza.

Jeep Commander

Photo: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Jeep is now back in the 3-row SUV segment with the Grand Cherokee L, Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. But over a decade ago, consumers had another option. Like a more spacious Liberty, the Commander offered five or seven seats without being longer than a modern Grand Cherokee, with which it shared the same body-on-frame platform and fully independent suspension.  

Lexus HS

Photo: Toyota Canada Inc.

Exclusively hybrid, the HS 250h was a rather traditional-looking sedan. Its fuel consumption was pretty low, but it was boring to drive. No wonder Lexus has replaced it with the CT.

Mitsubishi Endeavor

Photo: Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi has already offered a mid-size SUV in the past, although it was only a five-seater, and it was the Endeavor. One engine was on the menu: a 3.8-litre V6 with 225 horsepower. The all-wheel drive was good, but paired with a four-speed gearbox, the gas mileage was awful.

Volvo S40

Photo: Volvo

The Volvo S40 compact sedan was not as successful as expected, notably due to a lack of space. However, in its last year, the S40 had a pretty responsive 227-horsepower turbo five-cylinder and its seats, as always with Volvo, were way above average.

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