Many of the vehicles on the list are more than 10 years old.
Toyota (trucks) and Nissan (sports cars) are the worst offenders.
In a world where “the latest and greatest” of technologies are a must in our vehicles, some of you might be surprised to learn that you can still go out and buy a brand new car that dates back more than a decade. These are the Top 10 oldest new vehicles you can buy in 2020.
Just a few weeks ago, I was test-driving a new near $80k 2020 Toyota Sequoia and, although I still very much enjoy the big truck, I’m starting to believe that Toyota thinks it’s funny to offer “new” 13-year old vehicles and charge people the full price. Toyota is clearly not alone in this game.
Here are ten of the oldest new vehicles you can buy new today. Note: the indicated year is that of the first model year of the current generation.
Nissan Frontier (2005)
Sure, the Frontier gets a new engine/transmission combo for 2020 but the fact remains that everything else goes back more than 15 years. This one however still serves a purpose as a useful tool.
Toyota Sequoia – Toyota Tundra (2007)
These two trucks are only the first Toyota products that are living well, and well beyond their due date. They are doing well if only because Sequoia and Tundra buyers cannot be disappointed or surprised by what they are getting.
Toyota Land Cruiser – Lexus LX (2008)
Where the Land Cruiser is concerned, it’s a legend and a very capable truck for off-roading – fine. As for the Lexus LX, it’s incredibly antiquated as a luxury SUV and nowhere near competitive. That is, unless you take it off-roading.
Dodge Challenger (2008)
Even though we are big fans of the Challenger, FCA’s now officially milked every last drop out of this large American muscle coupe. Our fear is that FCA’s still pushing the car because there’s no follow-up planned…
Nissan 370Z (2009)
We distinctly remember when images of the new 370Z emerged, almost 12 years ago. Although it’s still attractive, it’s now a classic car that you can purchase new. As far as we know, Nissan does plan to replace it in the near future.
Nissan GT-R (2009)
As Nissan says, the Legend Continues but even Godzilla needs to retire at some point. The reason why it’s still special is that it remains a fairly rare sight. It’s also ridiculously fast almost 12 years later, so that helps too.
Toyota 4Runner – Lexus GX (2010)
Here too, the Toyota product can be excused for being a true diehard truck, the likes of which have become rare. Having said that, if the new Ford Bronco is as good as Ford says it is, the 4Runner’s done. Also, charging lots of extra money for a Lexus badge in this case is wrong.
Lotus Evora (2010)
This is another example where the price of admission, and the car’s age, knock the car completely out of contention. The Lotus Evora’s pricing is on par with a 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera. The only argument in favour of the Lotus is that it’s rare, and with reason.
Rolls-Royce Ghost (2010)
We suppose nothing really replaces a Roller but even so, priced from well over $300,000 US, we would find it difficult to justify buying a new when an identical 5-year old example is probably 50% or more cheaper.
Mitsubishi RVR (Outlander Sport) (2010)
The Mitsubishi RVR soldiers on into 2020 with some refreshes however it still lags far behind the competition. Its pricing might be slightly advantageous but it can’t be the reason to purchase one, especially when there are so many other real “new” fish in the segment.
Some vehicles have narrowly missed the cut and they include the Nissan Pathfinder (2012) and the Range Rover (2013). Others who missed placing on the list have done so only because they were canceled recently. The honorable mentions go to the Dodge Grand Caravan which lasted 12 years, the Dodge Journey and Ford Flex which bowed out after a solid decade, and the Lincoln MKT which lasted 9 sad years. Other notable recently discontinued old vehicles include the Aston Martine Rapide (2010) and the Ford Taurus (2010).
More (dis) honorable mentions include some commercial vehicles such as the Chevrolet Express (1995) and the Ford E-Series (1992). They’re absolute exceptions to the rule but given that consumers don’t actually buy these, they matter little.