Wagons Ho!

I have noticed a trend in automotive design over the past few years. It seems that every vehicle wants to be a station wagon. Maybe they call themselves a wagon, maybe they hang on to the “crossover SUV” label, but regardless of title they all seem to be heading to the same place. Domestic manufacturers, imports, even companies previously known for high performance sports cars (Porsche) are all building vehicles that, well, look like every vehicle. I am most offended by full size SUV’s and minivans that are mutating to fit the mold.

The worst offenders 

Ford Explorer2014 Ford Explorer – went from full size pick-up to full size SUV and now… station wagon.

Honda Civic TourerHonda Civic Tourer – While the Explorer shrunk into a wagon, the world’s best-selling compact grew into one.

Range Rover SportRange Rover Sport – previously a luxury SUV.

Nissan Pathfinder

Nissan Pathfinder – another case of “use to be an SUV”

Honda Odyssey Honda Odyssey – low profile minivan trying hard to wagon
Honda CR V AWD 5 doorHonda CR V AWD 5 Door – previously a small SUV. Not quite a wagon yet, but still.

Wagons from the get go

Ford FLEX

Ford Flex 

Dodge MagnumDodge Magnum 

Volvo XC70Volvo XC70 

Screenshot 2014-02-06 at 9.40.21 PMLincoln MKT – ‘Cause who doesn’t want to drive a hearse?

New Vehicles 

Porsche Cayenne Porsche Cayenne – Yep, the German company that gave us the 911 Turbo now makes this station wagon.

Ford Connect Transit Ford Connect Transit Wagon –
Ford got out of the minivan market six years ago. Even though this vehicle, coming in 2014, has a high roof and two sliding doors, Ford calls it a wagon. It’s an image thing; minivans are out, wagons are in.

All of the vehicles pictured above are from the 2014 model year. I’m not saying they’re bad vehicles or even that all of them are ugly. I have ridden in the new Explorer, it’s a great car. But it didn’t used to be a car at all. My wife and I like our minivan, but there is no getting around the fact that our next one will be less van more… wagon. SUV’s got smaller, compacts got longer, minivans got lower, all because dozens of automakers with hundreds of models got together and decided they would all make only one thing.

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About Clark Bunch

Clark Bunch is the pastor of Unity Baptist Church and author of God is Near. He and his wife Teresa have one child. In his spare time he enjoys blogging, playing guitar and riding his motorcycle. And coffee, he'd be nowhere without coffee.
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2 Responses to Wagons Ho!

  1. Clark Bunch says:

    Obviously there are other body styles still being made. I should offer props to Jeep, still making fully capable off road 4 wheel drive vehicles, and Chevrolet for not turning Corvette, Camaro nor Impala into wagons.

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  2. Clark Bunch says:

    This post is now two years old. In the final paragraph I said that our next vehicle would be less minivan and more wagon. Here is the 2010 Chevrolet HHR we bought last summer. Cobalt came in 2 and 4 door models and for all intents and purposes HHR was the Chevy Cobalt wagon.

    Screenshot 2015-10-21 at 1.27.40 PM

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