Get them before they're gone! There are a few well-known cars that will be discontinued after the 2016 model year for a variety of reasons. Just remember that the resale value of discontinued vehicles tends to diminish over time.
The Chrysler Group is making some major changes this year with the elimination of the Dodge Caravan. The group will launch the next-generation Chrysler Town & Country minivan instead. The decision was made to stop the competition among the company's two brands because they are nearly identical. Dodge will focus on performance vehicles going forward while the Town & Country will remain in this segment.
Even though the SUV recently underwent major changes, the Dodge Durango is discontinued for the 2017 model year. It will be reconfigured into a three-row, seven-passenger Jeep instead. Because Dodge is focusing on its performance division, Chrysler will take over this segment, too.
Toyota has decided to discontinue the Venza for 2017 to focus on its other small and mid-size SUVs, such as the Rav4 and the Highlander. The Venza saw a decrease in sales during the past few years and Toyota couldn't carve out a niche for this model. It was lacking the Highlander's third row and it cost significantly more than the Rav4.
If an automaker stops making a car, it will continue making the parts for years, so you can purchase a discontinued vehicle with security. The only drawback is the initial savings may be lost when you go to sell it.
To learn more about the current and previous model years of these vehicles, or to see other similar cars, check our inventory of new and pre-owned vehicles or talk to one of our AAA Auto Buying Experts.