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
Nissan Pathfinder – another case of “use to be an SUV”
Wagons from the get go
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.