If you’ve recently been searching for used cars in Dayton, Ohio, we won’t blame you if you found yourself being a bit nostalgic. There’s a good chance you’ll come across some nameplates that are no longer being produced, and you may find specific amenities or features that are no longer included in new cars. Well, we’re fully embracing your nostalgia, and you can do your part in helping these nameplates return to the road! Below, we took a look at some discontinued Chevy vehicles that we wish would make a comeback. Fortunately for you, we limited our list to nameplates that were discontinued in the past 20 or so years. Therefore, when you finally start to shop for used cars, you may be able to find one of these used Chevy’s sitting on a dealership lot.
Please Bring Back the: Chevy S-10 Blazer
This compact SUV quickly took the industry by storm following its release back in 1982. Over time, the nameplate became one of the most popular rides in the entire industry, especially when it came to the second-generation of the model.
Despite being classified as a compact SUV, the Blazer was generally known for its size, as the sturdy vehicle delivered an abundance of cargo space. Furthermore, thanks to the rugged 4.3-liter V6 engine that was packed under the hood, drivers could expect the utmost power from this SUV.
Throughout the second generation of the nameplate, engineers did an admirable job of including a number of notable features to the SUV. While mid-2000s technology was obviously inferior to the amenities that are around nowadays, drivers were still enticed by the driver-friendly dashboard and the intuitive driving controls. This made the Chevy S-10 Blazer a surprisingly fun vehicle, and customers surely appreciated the unexpected driving experience.
Unfortunately, Chevy pulled the plug on the nameplate back in 2005. Fortunately, it sounds like the model is making a comeback in 2019. While the impending Blazer will undoubtedly be different than its predecessor, we’d guess that Chevy’s engineers will still do everything in their power to provide customers with a blast from the past.
Please Bring Back the: Chevy Tracker
Back in the 1990s and early 2000s, SUVs weren’t necessarily known for their off-roading prowess… that is until the Chevy Tracker came along. While the nameplate was effectively a compact SUV, the industry actually classified the vehicle as a light-truck due to its ability to travel off the beaten path.
The second-generation of the Chevy Tracker, which was available from 1999 through 2004, was a hit in the United States. The nameplate had a Jeep-feel to it, with the boxy exterior and rugged, athletic stance allowing the nameplate to stand out from the crowd. Customers could even opt for a pseudo-convertible variation, allowing them to appreciate their vehicle’s sportiness.
The vehicle generally came equipped with a pair of notable engine options: the 2.0-liter I4, which managed to crank out 140 horsepower, and the 2.5-liter V6, which delivered an impressive 155 horsepower. Accompanied by either a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic transmission, drivers would have no problems keeping up with average highway speeds.
While the nameplate had success internationally in recent years, its United States run ended back in 2004. However, while the nameplate may no longer be sitting on dealership lots, customers surely won’t forget this unique Chevy SUV.
Please Bring Back the: Chevy Avalanche
I actually remember the first time I laid eyes on a Chevy Avalanche. Peeking out of the back of my parents’ minivan, I assumed it was an SUV approaching us at high speed. However, when it ultimately zoomed by (my mom generally likes to drive below the speed limit), I realized it was actually a unique pickup truck.
It didn’t take long for customers to buy into this unorthodox truck, as the Chevy Avalanche was one of the most popular vehicles on the market throughout the 2000s. The second-generation of the truck was particularly popular, as drivers had the opportunity to choose from a variety of different engine offerings. For instance, the 5.3-liter V8 engine was for those who were looking for a combination of power and efficiency, while the 6.0-liter V8 was the perfect choice for those seeking the mightiest pickup on the road. The brand eventually included an off-road package with the ride, assuring that owners could test the boundaries of their new truck.
Unfortunately, the brand sold 20,000 fewer versions of the vehicle in 2009 than 2008. While sales would slightly improve over the next several years, the nameplate never climbed out of the hole. The 2013 model proved to be the final variation of the nameplate. Fortunately for those eyeing used vehicle, this discontinuation happened relatively recently, so customers shouldn’t have too many issues finding a used version of this pickup sitting on a dealership’s lot.
Please Bring Back the: Chevy Beretta
The less-popular brother of the Camaro and the Corvette, the Chevy Beretta was available during the late 1980s and early 1990s. While the vehicle seemingly lacked in the cosmetic category (the exterior was a bit jarring even in the 1980s), it certainly made up for these deficiencies in the power department.
Throughout the life of the nameplate, Chevy accompanied the car with seven different engines offerings, with each of these options providing their own specific attributes to the ride. In fact, the vehicle eventually became synonymous with speed and athleticism, leading to the convertible variation being named the pace car for the 1990 Indianapolis 500.
Unfortunately for the sporty ride, sales dropped during every year of production, leading to the nameplate’s demise in 1996 (the vehicle was actually replaced by the beloved Chevy Malibu in 1997). Fortunately, the nameplate has its own cult following, as the Chevrolet Beretta Owners Group is focused on collecting and modifying the nameplate. While you’ll have to search high and low to find this model sitting on a used lot, it won’t be as difficult to find as some of the other models mentioned on this list.