The great American station wagon was once the ultimate family road-trip mobile, the unofficial symbol of summer, and a sentimental favorite of generations. At its peak, nearly one out of every five cars sold in America was a wagon -- and the vast majority were products of Detroit. Its fall is deeply rooted in the ecological and economic climate of the 1970s and 1980s, and today, the notion of an American wagon is code blue -- there are exactly zero being produced Stateside. Instead, consumers flock to the ill-proportioned, bastardized offspring of sedans and full-sized SUVs -- otherwise known as the crossover.
When done right, wagons are some of the coolest cars on the road. They combine the sexiness of a sports sedan with the practicality of a small truck. While there are a few European and Japanese wagons on the market here, the American manufacturers are presently devoid of a true wagon. That's not only a travesty, it makes no sense. The current crop of American cars rightly competes with the very best in the world, and there's absolutely no good reason for our dealerships to be wagon-less, beyond consumers willingly purchasing crossovers instead of a truly better and more stylish option that fills the exact same market need.