Wagon & Hatchback

Car-based with large in-cabin storage space, the wagon body style delivers a sizable accommodation for passengers and cargo. Derived from a horse-drawn vehicle, the wagon name transitioned to cars exhibiting a heightened level of utility. The name station wagon is often used in reference to automotive wagons following their frequent shuttling of guests between train stations and hotels in the early half of the 20th century. A popular body style among families from the 1950s through the 1970s, wagons are currently considered a niche market. When buying a wagon, buyers are likely equating the vehicle type to a crossover vehicle. Wagons present similar design attributes to a sedan with a lower roof line than crossovers. While few wagons are offered within the lower-priced vehicle market in North America, vehicles using the body style are generally attracting a more upscale buyer who doesn’t want the perceived bulk and height of a crossover. More like a luxury sedan with a large enclosed cargo space, the Acura TSX Sport Wagon and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon cater to premium markets. In many cases, the performance wagons demonstrate speed and handling almost identical to comparable sports sedans. There are some wagons on the market that exert a tougher character with the presence of an all-wheel drive system for buyers wanting some crossover vehicle-like capability. Wagons such as the Subaru Outback, Audi Allroad, and Volvo XC70 features a taller stance normally associated with crossover vehicles. Because of the largely sedan-like composition providing better aerodynamics, fuel economy for wagons are generally better than that of taller crossovers. The name wagon may also be used on occasion to refer to passenger vans.

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2014 Toyota Venza
J.D. Power Trophy
2014 Toyota Venza
Midsize SUV
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2015 Kia Soul
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2015 Kia Soul
Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle
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