MISHAWAKA, Ind. (TheStreet) -- There's about to be a Hummer-sized void in America's moneyed, militaristic, macho low-mileage automotive market. Is there a vehicle with the bulk and bravado to fill it?Much as Toyota's ( TM) recall of the 2010 Prius stalled the stereotype of effete, lefty intellectuals taking the hybrid out to Whole Foods ( WFMI), the dissolution of GM's ( MTLQQ) deal to sell Hummer to a Chinese company is on the way to killing the iconic brand and its connoted connections to love-it-or-leave-it, boom-time consumption and largesse. Even before the Hummer deal fizzled, the war wagon was losing friends on all fronts. Hummer sales fell from nearly 56,000 in 2007 to little more than 9,000 last year. Earlier this year, the Army submitted a 2010 budget proposal with no new funding for the Humvee -- the original Hummer -- saying its current order of more than 2,600 vehicles will be its last. Despite Hummer's woes, there was enough interest in the 11 mpg H2 and 14-mpg H3 to keep Americans buying as parent company GM turned "government motors" after its bailout. For those loyal followers seeking a replacement, big, bad and expensive just won't cut it. Like the Hummer, any backup will have to express something: pride, wealth, contempt for your fellow human beings. As a service to the Hummer faithful, TheStreet provides the following alternatives to help you recover in this time of loss.
2010 GMC Canyon; starting price: $16,970; mpg: 18 street/25 highway.Are you feeling unknown and unappreciated? Do people mock you for being light and superficial, if they even recognize you at all? Do you find yourself watching lots of "American Idol," feeling very comfortable in tight jeans and nothing else and wanting to tell people who think they have you all figured out to stick it? When you're a person who drives a truck, especially this one, you're qualified for more than they think. At half the price of a Hummer H3, the Canyon's not the flashiest truck on the block or the most powerful, but its earlier incarnation drove Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown into office. That should resonate with Hummer drivers, even if his pinko-commie vote on the jobs bill didn't.
2010 Porsche Cayenne; starting price: $45,500; mpg: 14 city/20 highway.
2010 Dodge Charger; starting price: $24,390; mpg: 17 to 19 city/23 to 25 highway.
2010 Conquest Knight XV; starting price: $295,000; mpg: N/A.