Dads Drool Over Wagons

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If there’s one body style that’s inexplicably lacking in the U.S. market, it’s the station wagon. Even though smaller hatchbacks are catching on with the economy-minded crowd, the family man out there doesn’t have much to choose from. It’s usually a toss-up between a sedan and an SUV.

That’s why the guys at Daddy Types are always on the hunt for interesting wagons. Today, they’re pining over the Citroen C5 Tourer. The model shown here, though — the new C-Class Estate — is the one we’d like to see. And, hey, Mercedes are sold in the U.S., unlike Citroens.

The current state of the wagon in the U.S. is pretty dreadful. The upcoming 2009 Mazda6 will bow without a wagon variant. Dodge discontinued the Magnum. GM doesn’t have one in its entire lineup, thinking a new version of the El Camino was a better option for its G8 line. Basically, that leaves the BMW 3 and 5 Series; Volvo’s V50, V70 and XC70; the Audi A4 and A6 Avant; the Subaru Outback; the Saab 9-3 and 9-5; and VW’s Passat and upcoming Jetta SportWagen. Of those, only the Subaru and VWs are what we’d call affordable.

It is indeed a sad time for wagon fans. Heck, Cars.com doesn’t even list wagons as their own category.

Tell us what your favorite wagon is, whether it’s sold in the U.S. or not.

Comments 

cody

you guys forgot the scion xb. it is tecnically a wagon. the xb my favorite wagon. i own a 2008 scion xb, nautical blue

L.S.

I agree. Daddytypes like wagons, and mommytypes like SUVs. Guess who wins in the end? :)

I'd take a Euro-spec Accord Tourer or a new Audi A4 Avant.

Neil

I believe you can still get a Saab wagon. I own a Mazda6 sport wagon. I was dead set against getting an SUV and I wanted something different, besides, I think the wagon is actually sleeker looking than the sedan.

Amuro Ray

Gotta be the Nissan Cube3 (Z11)...hope that the upcoming US model will not deviate from its "cubeness" & JDM root like the new XB does to the old XB.

good catch neil. added above.

Amuro -

Have you seen the leaked pics of the Z12 cube?
Here's the link:
http://www.7tune.com/2008-nissan-cube-z12/#more-159

Ray Karbowiak

Have a wonderful 1991 Chevy Caprice wagon that gets 23 MPG on the road and hauls 8 people in comfort.

Dave,

Back in late January of this year you had a post about the C-Class wagon

http://www.cars.com/go/features/autoshows/vehicle.jsp?vehicletype=production&autoshowyear=2008&vehicle=production_mercedes_c_wagon&make=Mercedes-Benz&model=C-Class

I think the original text of the article stated that we'd see it at the Chicago show. I remember this b/c I blogged about your article.

http://allcarsallthetime.blogspot.com/2008/01/c-class-wagon-to-usa.html

However, in reviewing the link the mention of the Chicago show was edited out...This makes sense since the wagon did not show.

I was never clear if you meant that the C-Class wagon might make a reappearance in the US market? It has been my understanding that the GLK is taking the place of the C-Class wagon for the US market and the E-Class will be the only true MB wagon for US buyers.

RW,
We mentioned it in coverage of an overseas show Assuming it would later be introduced for the U.S. which it wasn't. You know what happens when you assume!

FORD FLEX! Can't wait.

Mart,
Good call!

Mart

There a too many sexy estates in Europe. The aforementioned Citroen C5 is nice, but so is the mundane Mondeo. The estate version is lovely for a family hauler. Even the peugeot 407 is ok in Touring form:

Taylor Kopi

"GM doesn't have one in its entire lineup..." ???? Saab is GM. The Magnum is my favorite, RIP.

Some cars I'd like to see available as wagons:
Cadillac CTS
Pontiac G8 - how can they not import that?
Nissan Altima
Jaguar XF
Chrysler 300 - I realize that didn't work with the Magnum, but still...
I'd add Mazda6 to the list, but I lost interest when Mazda decided to make it a bloated Camry clone.

I think wagons can't help but make some kind of comeback. The gas prices should force it, but there's also the fact that 25-30 year olds buying their first family car never had to suffer through a trip in a Wagonqueen Family Truckster. They grew up in minivans and now want to avoid them at all costs.

So no minivans, SUVs are way too expensive and thirsty, and CUVs are _still_ too thirsty. It's time for someone to make an appealing, affordable wagon.

Cj

If wagons are marketed right they could make some sort of comeback. I think wagons like the ford flex have the best chance though, because now if something doesn't have 3 rows of seats its not a "true" family vehicle, which is stupid IMO because most families only have 1 or 2 kids anyway.

John

I have to say, I've always had a thing for the Volvo XC70. I don't know why...the rugged outside mixed with the gorgeous inside make for a great looking wagon.

John A

I have an XC70. I have always liked the look of small to mid sized wagons. I have 2 Ford Focus wagons for work and I really like the look of them, not to mention the gas mileage and the space. How bout the Audi Allroad. Doesn't Dodge have a new mid size wagon out now?

John A

It's the Dodge Journey

David in Houston

My first car was a '91 Caprice. I've still got it and it purrs like a kitten... at over 350,000 miles!! It's the ultimate car with good highway economy and great utility. It's made countless trips to Home Depot. The Caprice Wagon can fit a full 4'x8' sheet of plywood FLAT in the back, with the hatch closed!! 10ft. planks, no problem at all! I'll never get rid of it.

I'm a huge fan of the wagon. I'd love to get my hands on the new G8 Wagon (if they so choose to bring it). I'm in the market for a fresher car and the G8 would certainly sway me away from finding that used 1Gen TSX I've been eying.

Cj

The Volvo XC70 isn't a wagon it's a "crossover." Maybe you meant the V70? But I can understand why you thought the XC70 was a wagon because all these new "crossovers" are nothing but rebadged wagon things. Just like how Toyota and Ford are marketing their new wagons as "crossovers." Oh yeah, another "crossover" that is just a wagon in disguise is the Mercedes R-class.

Ignasi

For me, no question it would be the BMW 335d. What's not to like? 286 hp, 425 lb-ft of torque and 35 mpg, in a not too large and sexy wagon.

CJ,
You're thinking of the XC90. The XC70 is a more "offroad" ready version of the V70. The XC90 is a full on SUV.

Mart

Yeah, no way is the XC70 a crossover. It's just a V70 with raised suspension.

I always loved the Audi Allroad - it just looks spectacular.

My general consternation on the lack of interest in wagons is tied to my general confusion about why people are obsessed with 3rd row seating, even though in anything even mid-sized the third row seats are so small as to be practically useless.

And to the dude witht eCaprice - i share your love. Ever since I moved to the USA 4 years ago, the Caprice Estate has been my favourite US made car! I saw one for sale in a lot near my house recently and it was so tempting to drop a couple of grand on it!

Cj

Then why do they use the XC prefix if its just another wagon? Another weird thing is you hear the XC70 compared with the BMW X3 and Acura RDX (both of which are crossovers) all the time.

Mart

No idea about the name change. Also have no idea about why its compared to an X3. I guess it doesnt really have any direct rivals in its price range and i suspect that people cross shop them. In the same way that people cross shop an Audi Allroad and an X5 perhaps. Still doesnt mean its anything more than a jacked-up wagon though.

Cj

I just went to Volvo's website and they say the XC70 is a crossover...
http://www.volvocars.com/us/models/Pages/default.aspx
But after looking at the pictures it is DEFINITELY a wagon. I think they are calling a crossover for marketing purposes just like Toyota and Ford though.

Mart

I certainly think the Ford Flex is just an old-skool 7 seater wagon. No ammount of PR hype will convince me otherwise.

Sam

Somebody visiting a neighbor had a Focus wagon parked on the street for a few days. It had great room behind the back seat.

I wonder if Ford is now somewhat sorry that they dropped it. Seems like it would be a great fit in today's market.

KeithO

I have fond memories of Ford Country Squires and Chevy Caprice Estates traveling the highways. I just wish GM and Ford would gather the cajones to bring out new, modern versions of these classics -- minus the fake wood trim, of course. Further, I think Chrysler wimped out when it discontinued the Dodge Magnum, especially when the truly ugly Avenger is sitting there, begging to be discontinued!

J

hm...A practical choice if I have to live with it for at least 3-5 years would be: Last generation JDM Civic 5 door.
Or JDM Corolla Fielder, or maybe Mazda3 5 door, but man, that baby gulps gas like nuts!

John A

The Volvo XC70 is just a V70 wagon with higher suspension and some plastic. It came out around 99, 2000 when there was no such thing as a "crossover". They were trying to make it look like an SUV when everybody was crazy for them and before they had the XC90. XC= Cross Country. Do you see the tiny thing Suzuki is calling a crossover?

Richo

Rs6 Avant - the old one
Skoda Octavia RS

or the one off Aston Martin Lagonda wagon

more wagons

more wagons: Chevy HHR (a GM wagon), Mercedes E-class, Suzuki Forenza -- affordable, http://www.suzukiauto.com/forenza_wagon/

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