Station Wagons, just typing those 2 words bring back a flood of memories. The lady who picked me up for elementary school carpool drove a station wagon. We would all crowd in the back – way too many of us, no one buckled- we would talk about grade school non-sense. While the unbuckled kids, thrown in the back of a wagon may not happen again – the Station Wagon is slowly making a comeback – just in different form.
In 2009, Ford released the Ford Flex. While it’s billed as a full-size crossover utility vehicle – it sure looks like an updated station wagon to me. This is the 2016 Ford Flex. It’s like a car version of their Ford Explorer, though it only seats 6 and doesn’t have the cargo room of the old station wagons.
SUVs the Station Wagon for the 2000’s
But on that line of thinking, we could say that SUVs are technically just part station wagon part truck, right? I have noticed a trend of SUVs appearing lower than the old jacked-up SUVs. For example, let’s look at the 2017 Dodge Durango:
Here is the 2000 Dodge Durango – notice a difference? In 2017, you don’t have to climb into the vehicle, where in 2000 – it definitely requires more effort!
Will this trend of lower SUVs that resemble the lower car-like feature of a station wagon continue? Only time will tell!
The most popular SUVs are now the cross-over. If people demand more cargo room, the old station wagon look may just be on it’s way back into fashion. Don’t they say, what’s old is new again?
Modern Station Wagons
Not all station wagons went away in the 90’s. The station dropped and many auto brands started referring to the vehicles as wagons.
Mercedes Benz Wagon
Here is an old school Mercedes station wagon from the early 1990’s:
And here is the 2016 Mercedes Benz e350Learn more about the Mercedes Benz e350
Here are a few other wagon options, if you are in the market to purchase a wagon:
My in-laws purchased a Subaru Outback and love it!
Volvo v60 Wagon
Thoughts – are station wagons making a comeback?