How far the terminal wagon has actually come. In the heady 1960s, nearly every vehicle sold in America might be had as a wagon, while today station wagons space both an extremely cool and very scarce. During the interim year when families transitioned to minivans and also then to SUVs and also crossovers, there to be some quite oddball wagons produced. Since they sold slowly, many gearheads don"t also realize this cars were obtainable as wagons. Time because that a reminder! here are 25 dare you can not establish were easily accessible as terminal wagons.

You are watching: Cars that look like station wagons


*
See all 26 photos

The revolve of the te was no a an excellent time because that Acura: the was obtaining beat up over the horrendous bionic beaver-tooth grille ~ above the 2009 TL and also there was plenty of grumbling around the brand-new TSX, which to be bigger and also heavier and didn"t get the turbocharged engine everyone was hope for. However then the TSX sports Wagon come out and most of that was forgiven. Honda (Acura"s parent) didn"t make many wagons because that the U.S. Market, however those it did make were excellent, and the TSX to be no exception, being, together it was, a rebadged and also upgraded European-market Honda Accord Tourer. The TSX sport Wagon was an excellent to drive, had plenty that cargo space, and was attractive in a valuable way. There to be no method it would market in any good numbers against the plethora the SUVs on the market, but it was one of the last moral station wagons, and also we love it.


*
See all 26 photos

Checker motors Corporation the Kalamazoo, Michigan, make the iconic taxicabs the prowled the roads of brand-new York City and also other major American metropolises throughout many of the 1960s, "70s, and also "80s. Checker additionally made a customer model called the Marathon, and also naturally there to be a terminal wagon. The Marathon"s classic 1950s styling lent chin perfectly come the wagon body style. Checker quit making Marathon wagons after 1974, yet the sedan stayed in manufacturing until 1982. Incidentally, if you taken place to need a lift to the airport in the 1960s or "70s, you might well have actually ridden in another kind of Checker-built wagon—the eight-door, 12-seat, super-stretch Checker Aerobus.


*
See all 26 photos

Sixty year after that introduction, the Chevrolet Corvair stays in infamy thanks mainly to Ralph Nader. Many automobile enthusiasts know about the Corvair Greenbrier van, a passenger different of the Corvair 95 "Corvan," however it appears that under remember the Corvair wagon—or Lakewood as it was well-known when it join the lineup in 1961. The wagon wasn"t an extremely popular; just 26,000 the end of 282,000 Corvairs offered in "61 to be Lakewoods, and also in "62 fewer than 6,100 out of 307,000 Corvairs were wagons. Chevrolet dropped it for "63, no surprised as the new-for-"62 Chevy II (soon come be known as the Nova) was much less expensive and also had much more cargo space…and no engine under the tribe floor to melt your ice cream.


*
See every 26 photos

The Chevrolet Vega should have been basic Motors" greatest triumph however instead turned the end to be a major disaster. GM was shooting to develop the ultimate income fighter, investing beaucoup bucks in systems and technologies to ago it up. Unfortunately, the cars to be plagued by rapidly-rusting bodies and also engines that overheated and also warped. Component and package of the Vega lineup was a handy tiny two-door wagon referred to as the Kammback (though even if it is it was actually a kammback is open to debate), together with a two-seat panel-van version with blanked out behind windows. Despite the dashboard van was discontinued after 1975, the passenger wagon do it to the finish of the Vega"s run in 1977.


*
See all 26 photos

Dodge and Plymouth"s well known K-cars, the Aries and also Reliant, were accessible in coupe, sedan, and wagon variants, so naturally the Chrysler division had to acquire one, too. Chrysler slathered it v stick-on wood and also named it the LeBaron town & Country, because—well, why not? The dodge Caravan and also Plymouth Voyager that 1984 pretty much killed the station wagon in America, but the LeBaron T&C sold in small-but-steady numbers till Chrysler finally discontinued it after the 1988 version year. Chrysler hasn"t marketed a wagon under its own banner in the unified States due to the fact that then, though it did sell a 300 Touring wagon (basically, a Chrysler-ized dodge Magnum) in Europe.


When korean automaker Daewoo make its attack on the U.S. Industry at the revolve of the millennium, the did so with a trio of cars that had the compact Nubira, i beg your pardon was offered as a sedan as well as a wagon. Styled in Italy and engineered in southern Korea using bits native GM"s Opel and Holden divisions, the Nubira wagon to be a good and decent public servant, and cheaply priced come boot. However American buyers, i stabbed it by cheap made beforehand Hyundais and Kias, were reluctant to adopt a new Korean marque. Daewoo was purchased by basic Motors in 2001, and the brand disappeared from the U.S. In 2002.


Some principles die hard, including Detroit"s long-held (and mainly healthy) id that every car should be accessible as a station wagon. So as soon as Ford launched its very first home-grown front-drive subcompact in 1980, the Escort (along with its badge-engineered twin, the Mercury Lynx), the was obtainable as a two-door, four-door and, the course, a wagon—complete v optional stick-on wood grain, because America, dammit. The wagon sold fairly well, and also when Ford introduced the second-generation Mazda-based Escort in 1991—with the Mercury variation now dubbed Tracer—the wagon returned, as it go in 1997 as soon as the Escort to be revamped. Once the European-designed focus took over for the Escort in 2000, it, too, was readily available as a terminal wagon.


Chevrolet fielded a Vega wagon indigenous the gain go, but Ford waited a year before launching the wagon version of the Pinto. Prefer the Vega, the Pinto wagon had actually only 2 doors, and of food there was a version slathered in fake "woody" trim. Ford called it the Pinto Squire, together it was basically a junior version of the diva the the stick-on wood-grain appliqué, the country Squire. Together the vanning heat took organize in the so late 1970s, Ford do a conversion-ready version of the two-seat Pinto dashboard wagon called the Pinto cruising Wagon—complete with a bubble rear window, though the shag carpet, ceiling mirror, phonograph, and Barry White records were not included. Ford available a Pinto wagon best up till the model was discontinued in 1980.


Geo, for those that don"t remember, to be GM"s captive-import brand offered through Chevrolet dealerships presumably to offer the brand plausible deniability the Chevys to be still American cars. The Storm, based upon the Isuzu Impulse, was a nifty small economy vehicle disguised as a sports coupe, remarkable for styling that Gen Xers loved and also Baby Boomers didn"t understand. Yet everyone to be scratching their heads once the 1991 Storm Wagonback come out, together it seemed to offer no purpose but to make the Storm look at a tiny stranger than it currently did. After simply two years on the market, the Wagonback was dropped. Geo was folded right into Chevrolet in 1994 and for reasons that have never to be adequately defined to us, the Storm didn"t make the transition.


The Rio has actually held under the fort as Kia"s subcompact due to the fact that the rotate of the millennium, and for a while Kia readily available it as a wagon called the Rio Cinco. Through its short length, one can argue that the Rio Cinco was more of a hatchback, but when we look in ~ the thing, well, we think wagon. Kia doesn"t an outbreak Rio sales by human body style, however we can"t imagine the Cinco was an extremely popular together we seldom saw lock on the streets earlier then and we never see them now. When Kia redesigned the Rio for 2006, the Cinco had been sunk-o.


The first-generation Lexus IS was Toyota"s take on the BMW 3 Series, best down to the straight-six engine. It to be a hit when it released in Y2K, and also car fanatics were beside themselves once Lexus announced a wagon version called the IS300 SportCross. Worthy of note is the quick roofline, i beg your pardon ate up part cargo room but gave the vehicle a slicker, sexier look aimed to change the minds of those that still regarded wagons as un-hip mommy-mobiles. The very same enthusiasts stoked due to the fact that "Lexus wagon!" were disappointed the IS300 SportCross wasn"t accessible with the manual transmission readily available in IS sedans or the accompanying sport-tuned suspension, but we can deal since we had actually a Lexus wagon. The SportCross remained on the sector for four glorious years prior to its base vehicle was replaced by the patent less-interesting second-generation IS. We still miss out on it.


The first-generation Mazda 6 was a bright irradiate in the sunset that the once-dominant mid-size sedan, since it wasn"t just a sedan—Mazda readily available both a swoopy European-style hatchback and a terminal wagon as well. We can chalk this well felicity up to poor planning: Mazda didn"t have an SUV of its own, relying rather on the Ford-sourced Tribute and also the mini-minivan Mazda 5 as it rushed to finish its an initial crossovers, the CX-7 and CX-9. Once the CXs come in 2009, Mazda puffed increase the 6 to appropriate USA-friendly dimensions, leaving the wagon for other markets. But it to be nice while the lasted.


General motors gets lot well-deserved flack because that cheap badge design in the 1970s and "80s, but such antics were old hat at Ford. A couple of years after the Pinto made its debut, Mercury popped up with its very own version dubbed the Bobcat, and also naturally it was easily accessible as a two-door wagon, as with the Pinto. Mercury readily available a straightforward Bobcat Wagon and also the wood-trimmed version you watch here, called the Bobcat Villager—a surname that would certainly reappear top top the Nissan-designed Mercury minivan that shuttled some of you to and from college in the 1990s and early 2000s.


Kudos to Mitsubishi: while the few manufacturers making terminal wagons to be trying to make them slick and also sexy, an ext like hatchbacks than proper wagons, Mitsubishi went Volvo 850-style through the Lancer Sportback, finish with a squared-off tailgate and also taillights that stretched to the roof. It was so square the packing crates looked aerodynamic through comparison. Unfortunately, through its anonymous front end, the Lancer Sportback looked an ext dorky than cool, and the fact that the sport-themed Ralliart model had actually the very same 162-hp engine as the base model meant the had small appeal for enthusiasts. 2 years after it arrived, the Sportback died a quiet death, though the name would reappear in 2010 top top Mitsubishi"s hatchback-based WRX fighter.


Like Ford and Toyota, Nissan built a wagon version of its subcompact car, however its designers took a slightly different (and, together it transforms out, prophetic) approach: fairly than a boxy wagon, they made a vehicle with a fast roofline the looked more like a long, four-door hatchback. The second-gen Sentra wagon, shown here, complied with the very same theme and was even available with four-wheel drive, making the a competitor for Subaru (and, arguably, a harbinger the the Honda Accord Crosstour). Alas, in the auto world being cool doesn"t necessarily do you popular, and also when the third-generation Sentra made its debut because that 1990, the station wagon was gone.


In the early 1970s, general Motors was just beginning to probe the depths of argorial engineering. The Vega (see above) to be a corporate fairly than a divisional development (big mistake!), and two year after it premiered as a Chevy—and right in the center of its quality meltdown—Pontiac acquired its very own thinly disguised version complete with a wagon called the Astre Safari (which sounds like some type of arranged hippie-stalking event). The Astre was dismissed by the push as little much more than an expensive Vega, though it did have one vital advantage in ~ the very end: In 1977, Pontiac substituted its brand-new 151-cubic-inch (2.5-liter) Iron battle each other four-cylinder because that the Vega"s troublesome aluminum-block 2.3.


Does this vehicle look familiar? the should, since it"s usually an Astre Safari v a brand-new name. Simply as Ford occurred the Mustang II from the Pinto, GM derived a enlarge coupe from the Vega, though the firm at least had actually the great sense not to speak to it Camaro II or Firebird II. Pontiac"s variation of the car, i beg your pardon is ideal known together the Chevy Monza, was called the Sunbird. Since there to be no wagon variant, Pontiac retained the old Astre wagon in production, renaming that Sunbird Safari. V the 2.5-liter Iron battle each other under the hood, that was most likely the best Vega ever before made, despite it seems a small silly to usage the native "best" and "Vega" in the same sentence.


Forget about knowing the there was a wagon variation of the Renault Medallion—a lot of human being don"t even realize the the Medallion existed. A product the the AMC/Renault partnership, the Medallion was basically a Renault 21 reworked because that the U.S. Market. The Renault Medallion released in feather "87 together a 1988 model, just prior to Chrysler purchase AMC. Chrysler produced the Eagle brand for cars marketed at Jeep dealerships, and the Medallion came to be an Eagle for "89. Provided the Eagle brand"s lack of recognition, Americans" distaste because that French-built cars, the recurring fad because that minivans, and also a name the sounded choose an overpriced trinket peddled to nursing-home citizens via late-night advertorials, it"s no surprise the Eagle Medallion lasted just one an ext year before it disappeared.


In its early on years, Saab was finest known because that the funky-looking 93 and also 96 coupes, yet it likewise made a nifty tiny wagon referred to as the Saab 95 (not come be confused with the 9-5). The 95 remained in showrooms for practically a decade and also a half until the new 99 came along in 1974, and also surprisingly, Saab didn"t sell the 99 or its replacement, the 900, together a station wagon. In fact, Saab didn"t offer a wagon in the U.S. Sector for an additional 25 years, ceding the segment to sweden archrival Volvo. Finally, in 1999—once the wagon segment to be all however dead—Saab started importing the huge 9-5 wagon. Probably it"s no the greatest surprise the Volvo is tho here and Saab isn"t.


Saturn was among GM"s great failed experiments, a company-within-a-company that turned the end to it is in an unproductive money pit. Ten years right into the experiment, it was clear design Saturn-specific cars to be financially unsustainable, so quite than growing its own, Saturn turned to GM"s European department for that is new large car. The Saturn L-Series to be based heavily on the Opel Vectra, and also since the Vectra was available as a wagon, Saturn lugged that over together well, marketing it as the LW200 and also LW300. Like the remainder of Saturn, this was a good idea the was poorly executed. Build quality top top the L-series cars to be abysmal, and recalls and also TSBs numerous. With Saturn"s very first SUV, the Vue, wait for that at-bat, attention in the LW was minimal. Yet the idea wasn"t forgotten: after Saturn folded, Buick take it over together Opel West, and also today"s Buick Regal TourX is based on the Vectra"s replacement, the Opel Insignia. Sadly, v Opel marketed to PSA Group, the TourX will disappear ~ 2020.


Suzuki go well with its rough 4x4s however it never can seem to come up v a auto Americans liked, and the Esteem was one more in a long list of failures. Oddly styled and strangely called (though the names provided in various other markets—Baleno and also Cultus Crescent—were worse), the Esteem Wagon appealed to the sort of folks who thought name brands to be a frivolous rubbish of money. A valuable but forgettable car, the Esteem offered in insignificant numbers and was dropped after 2002.


If there"s one thing we know around Suzuki, it"s the the agency never throws anything away—witness the Samurai, which it preserved on the sector for 7 years after Consumer Reports ruined the reputation. Likewise, after ~ Daewoo to win a retreat native the U.S. Industry (see the Nubira above), Suzuki carried a Daewoo model earlier to the says as the Forenza. That consisted of the wagon, which probably would have actually sold well were that 1974 quite than 2004. The Forenza to be a handy tiny car, affordable and also inoffensive come drive, yet with the compact SUV ascendant, that didn"t was standing a chance.


The Toyota Camry spent much of the 1980s and also 1990s battling through the Honda Accord and Ford Taurus for the title of America"s bestselling mid-size car, and one that the devices in the Camry"s arsenal was a terminal wagon. Toyota offered a wagon in both second-generation (1988-1991) and also third-generation (1992-1996) versions of the Camry. The third-gen auto is ours favorite due to the fact that its back home window featured no one but two wipers. (Full disclosure: We"re easily amused.) The wagon disappeared through the arrival of the fourth-generation Camry in 1997, by which time the Sienna and RAV4 had actually taken over as Toyota"s residents vacation-mobiles and the Highlander was on the drawing board.


The Corolla an initial came to the U.S. In 1968, for this reason it"s no surprised a wagon was part of the lineup indigenous the faster days. What is a surprised is the a Corolla wagon to be still on revenue nearly thirty years later. Thanks to the popularity of compact wagons in various other markets, Toyota had actually a station-wagon version of the Corolla handy, and also the marque readily available this useful little mini-hauler in America best up till 1997. Once a new Corolla made its debut because that 1998, it was almost identical to the auto it replaced—but the wagon was gone. Bummer.

See more: Remembering The Night Everything Unraveled For Chris Brown And Rihanna Beat Up


The Fox was Volkswagen"s ill-fated effort to take it on cheap car of the mid-"80s favor the Hyundai Excel and also Yugo GV, and also it was based on the Brazilian-built VW Gol (no, the "f" isn"t missing, that"s its name). Along with two- and also four-door sedans, VW available up this nifty small mini-wagon. The two-door configuration had shades of VW"s air-cooled kind III Squareback, when the angular present brought earlier memories the the water-cooled Dasher—attributes that have to not have actually resonated through the Fox"s cash-strapped buyers, since the Fox wagon to be a slow seller. When Volkswagen facelifted the automobile for 1991, the wagon to be gone.


THE latest IN vehicle NEWS

EMAIL news SIGN-UP!


SIGN UP

By clicking sign Up, friend agree come the terms of Use. Your info will be collected and supplied in accordance v our Privacy Policy