2021 model year minivans are luxurious, spacious, and filled with technology features. They’ve come a long way in recent years, but have always had the same look and style. Due to the stereotypes surrounding minivans causing sales to diminish, many automakers completely stopped making them or dropped a model from their lineup. Though it hasn’t been very long since most of these minivans were around, you probably forgot they existed. Here’s the 5 discontinued minivans you forgot about.
Discontinued minivans – Buick Terraza (2005-2007)
Even when the Buick Terraza was available you may not have known it existed. That’s why it only lasted a few years. The Buick Terraza was a badge swap variant of the Chevrolet, Pontiac, and Saturn minivans sharing the U platform. It had only one engine in 2005, a 3.5-liter V6 with 200 horsepower. In 2006 a 3.9-liter L LZ9 V6 was added which became the base engine in 2007 when the 3.5-liter was dropped. The Terraza sold a high of 20,288 units in 2005 but was discontinued after the 2007 model year. It was succeeded by the 8-passenger Buick Enclave in 2008, which is still in production today.
Chevrolet Uplander (2005-2009)
The Uplander was one of the rebadged variants of the Buick Terraza. GM left the minivan market in 2008 due to low sales, which led to the discontinuation of the Chevrolet Uplander. The Uplander came with a 3.5-liter V6 in 2005 and went through all the same engine variants as the Terraza through 2007. It kept the 3.9-liter engine as its base through to the end of its lifecycle. This minivan sold 72,980 units in 2005, which progressively dropped off yearly.
Ford Aerostar (1986-1997)
Over its years of production, the Aerostar went through a range of engines. The 2.3-liter I4, 2.8-liter V6, and 3.0-liter V6 were all available from the start, in 1986. The 2.3-liter was active through 1987, the 2.8-liter was only used for a few months in 1986, and the 3.0-liter went from beginning to end, discontinuing along with the Aerostar itself. The final engine, the 4.0-liter V6 ran from 1990-1997 and produced Aerostar’s highest 160 horsepower. Throughout its life, the Aerostar featured trim levels called XL, XLT, Eddie Bauer Wagon, and the Aerostar Sport. The Eddie Bauer was one of the first Ford vehicles to feature the outdoor brand as a package. The discontinued Aerostar minivan made way for the Ford Windstar.
Volkswagen Routan (2009-2012)
The Routan was a rebadged variant of the Chrysler RT platform. It took its suspension tuning from the fifth-generation Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country. High inventory levels in 2012 stopped production of the Volkswagen minivan. Volkswagen then made the 2013 model year exclusive to rental car companies and fleets. The Volkswagen Routan was the first vehicle specifically developed for the U.S. market by the German automaker. The Volkswagen Routan had three different engines, with the 3.6-liter V6 producing the highest 283 horsepower.
Nissan Quest (1993-2002, 2004-2009, 2011-2017)
The Nissan Quest was produced by Ford Motor Company for the 1993-2002 model years. Ford’s version of the same vehicle was titled the Mercury Villager. Nissan ended its agreement with Ford in 2004 and began manufacturing the Quest on its own. All four generations loosely derived their powertrains from Nissan’s Maxima sedan. 40,357 units were sold in 2005, the Nissan Quest‘s best-selling year. In its final year, the Quest sold only 4,950 units. The Nissan Quest went through several different engines, two 3.5-liter V6, a 3.3-liter V6, and the original 3.0-liter V6. The Nissan Quest was succeeded by the Pathfinder, which is still in production today.
Minivans have gone through many stages over the course of their lifetime. They’ve ranged from very popular to completely hated. Some of these more “classic” minivans even show the same pattern. They had years with great sales and some that were close to nothing. Minivans in 2021 are luxurious, spacious, and everything a family could need. These discontinued minivans are ones you likely completely forgot about.
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