Hyundai recently published a guide for their 2023 lineup, noting the discontinuation of four models-- including the Veloster N hatchback.

On top of that, Hyundai has also announced the discontinuation of the Accent sedan, and the IONIQ HEV and PHEV hatchbacks. Each one of these models is being given the axe, but not without reason; primarily, the expansion of Hyundai’s offerings in similar categories.

The Veloster N first came to market in 2019 and we fell in love with it during our initial Road Test. It was nimble, practical, and outright fun, tackling the corners of Roebling Road Raceway to a seriously-playful effect. Its 2.0-liter inline-four turbo engine produced 250 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque; however, our tester’s optional Performance Package threw every bit of 275 horses to the front wheels, snapping, crackling and popping through the variable valve exhaust system. Not much has changed for Hyundai’s hot hatch over the last four model years, and we can appreciate that. 

It may be time to say goodbye, but we hope to be left in good hands, as Hyundai’s official reason for discontinuing the Veloster N is due to the new N Brand model expansion of the Elantra N and Kona N. We also took the Elantra N down to Roebling for our seasonal outing and it proved the Veloster N was no fluke; the Elantra N was much of the same story: a terrific blend of sportiness and practicality, adding up to a whole lot of fun for a reasonable price.

The Hyundai Accent, on the other hand, is being discontinued due to the automaker’s expanded SUV lineup-- specifically, the Venue, which now serves as their entry-level model; however, they reaffirmed their stance on four-door cars, believing them to remain “an important part of the lineup,” evident by the Elantra and Sonata. The IONIQ HEV and PHEV are due to Hyundai’s expanded electrified lineup, including the IONIQ sub-brand which launched this year with the IONIQ 5. We can see where the branding-confusion may come into play, especially as the IONIQ theme continues to grow with the recently unveiled IONIQ 6.

We’re excited to try out all of Hyundai’s latest offerings, and you can catch it all right here on MotorWeek!