The Truth About Cars » Station Wagons http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Mon, 02 May 2016 23:59:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 QOTD: Did The Griswold’s Family Truckster Kill the American Station Wagon? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-griswolds-family-truckster-kill-american-station-wagon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-griswolds-family-truckster-kill-american-station-wagon/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2015 11:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1133985 At one point few vehicles epitomized the American family car as the station wagon, particularly of the fullsize variety. Today, most car companies are pretty much convinced that American consumers will not buy station wagons. A few of the European luxury brands offer them here, but for the most part wagons are not welcome in […]

The post QOTD: Did The Griswold’s Family Truckster Kill the American Station Wagon? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
At one point few vehicles epitomized the American family car as the station wagon, particularly of the fullsize variety. Today, most car companies are pretty much convinced that American consumers will not buy station wagons. A few of the European luxury brands offer them here, but for the most part wagons are not welcome in […]

The post QOTD: Did The Griswold’s Family Truckster Kill the American Station Wagon? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-griswolds-family-truckster-kill-american-station-wagon/feed/ 92
Even Volvo Buyers Don’t Buy Wagons http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/even-volvo-buyers-dont-buy-wagons/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/even-volvo-buyers-dont-buy-wagons/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:11:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=911138 You didn’t think the V60 was going to save Volvo, and it hasn’t. The job of saving Volvo in North America will be left up to the next XC90, a nameplate which accounted for 28% of Volvo USA sales in 2004, but just 9% so far this year. The hope was that the V60 would […]

The post Even Volvo Buyers Don’t Buy Wagons appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
You didn’t think the V60 was going to save Volvo, and it hasn’t. The job of saving Volvo in North America will be left up to the next XC90, a nameplate which accounted for 28% of Volvo USA sales in 2004, but just 9% so far this year. The hope was that the V60 would […]

The post Even Volvo Buyers Don’t Buy Wagons appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/even-volvo-buyers-dont-buy-wagons/feed/ 118
Baby, I’m So Gone: Wagonmasters, a Documentary About Station Wagons and the People Who Love Them http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/baby-im-so-gone-wagonmasters-a-documentary-about-station-wagons-and-the-people-who-love-them/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/baby-im-so-gone-wagonmasters-a-documentary-about-station-wagons-and-the-people-who-love-them/#comments Wed, 19 Dec 2012 14:32:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=470625 Lately, in no small part due to Michael Moore, the “documentary” film has become the carborundum upon which filmmakers from a variety of perspectives have ground their own axes and then proceeded to chop down the subject of their films. It’s nice, then, to see a documentary made that exhibits some affection for the subject. […]

The post Baby, I’m So Gone: Wagonmasters, a Documentary About Station Wagons and the People Who Love Them appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Lately, in no small part due to Michael Moore, the “documentary” film has become the carborundum upon which filmmakers from a variety of perspectives have ground their own axes and then proceeded to chop down the subject of their films. It’s nice, then, to see a documentary made that exhibits some affection for the subject. […]

The post Baby, I’m So Gone: Wagonmasters, a Documentary About Station Wagons and the People Who Love Them appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/baby-im-so-gone-wagonmasters-a-documentary-about-station-wagons-and-the-people-who-love-them/feed/ 68
Review: 2013 Audi allroad http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/review-2013-audi-allroad-2/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/review-2013-audi-allroad-2/#comments Fri, 12 Oct 2012 17:26:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=463018 If you haven’t been paying attention to my life story (discretely woven into my reviews), I’ll spell it out clearly: I live in what is considered to be a temperate rainforest on the California coast, the nearest asphalt or concrete surface is over a mile away, and I have a deep (some say questionable) love […]

The post Review: 2013 Audi allroad appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
If you haven’t been paying attention to my life story (discretely woven into my reviews), I’ll spell it out clearly: I live in what is considered to be a temperate rainforest on the California coast, the nearest asphalt or concrete surface is over a mile away, and I have a deep (some say questionable) love […]

The post Review: 2013 Audi allroad appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/review-2013-audi-allroad-2/feed/ 62
How CAFE Killed Compact Trucks And Station Wagons http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/how-cafe-killed-compact-trucks-and-station-wagons/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/how-cafe-killed-compact-trucks-and-station-wagons/#comments Mon, 01 Oct 2012 18:50:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=462377 Close your eyes and imagine it’s 1979. A first-term Democratic president struggles with unemployment, malaise, high energy prices, and embassy trouble. The landscape of today looks like the landscape of then, but there’s one important thing missing: The compact pickup. Where did they go? The small pickup was an indelible symbol of America’s lowered expectations […]

The post How CAFE Killed Compact Trucks And Station Wagons appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Close your eyes and imagine it’s 1979. A first-term Democratic president struggles with unemployment, malaise, high energy prices, and embassy trouble. The landscape of today looks like the landscape of then, but there’s one important thing missing: The compact pickup. Where did they go? The small pickup was an indelible symbol of America’s lowered expectations […]

The post How CAFE Killed Compact Trucks And Station Wagons appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/how-cafe-killed-compact-trucks-and-station-wagons/feed/ 181
2013 Audi RS4 Avant – Another Hot Wagon We Probably Won’t Get http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/2013-audi-rs4-avant-another-hot-wagon-we-probably-wont-get/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/2013-audi-rs4-avant-another-hot-wagon-we-probably-wont-get/#comments Wed, 15 Feb 2012 21:44:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=431013 A  4.2L V8 making 450 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque. A 7-speed dual clutch gearbox. 0-60 in 4.7 seconds. Want to know more about the 2013 Audi RS4 Avant? Hit the jump to get down to the nitty-gritty. Sitting 20mm lower, the RS4 Avant borrows the RS5’s powertrain but packages it in the wagon bodystyle […]

The post 2013 Audi RS4 Avant – Another Hot Wagon We Probably Won’t Get appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
A  4.2L V8 making 450 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque. A 7-speed dual clutch gearbox. 0-60 in 4.7 seconds. Want to know more about the 2013 Audi RS4 Avant? Hit the jump to get down to the nitty-gritty. Sitting 20mm lower, the RS4 Avant borrows the RS5’s powertrain but packages it in the wagon bodystyle […]

The post 2013 Audi RS4 Avant – Another Hot Wagon We Probably Won’t Get appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/2013-audi-rs4-avant-another-hot-wagon-we-probably-wont-get/feed/ 10
What’s Wrong With This Picture: Five Door Coupe Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-five-door-coupe-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-five-door-coupe-edition/#comments Wed, 12 Oct 2011 18:28:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=414524 Ever since Mercedes lured its competitors into the “four door coupe” segment created by its 2004 CLS, we’ve been waiting for the next fad segment to mangle the definition of the word “coupe” beyond recognition. And here it is: a forthcoming “five-door coupe” that is essentially a wagon version of the CLS. This near-production mule […]

The post What’s Wrong With This Picture: Five Door Coupe Edition appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Ever since Mercedes lured its competitors into the “four door coupe” segment created by its 2004 CLS, we’ve been waiting for the next fad segment to mangle the definition of the word “coupe” beyond recognition. And here it is: a forthcoming “five-door coupe” that is essentially a wagon version of the CLS. This near-production mule […]

The post What’s Wrong With This Picture: Five Door Coupe Edition appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-five-door-coupe-edition/feed/ 51
Is Saab Taking A Stand Against The Wagon Penalty? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/is-saab-taking-a-stand-against-the-wagon-penalty/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/is-saab-taking-a-stand-against-the-wagon-penalty/#comments Wed, 06 Apr 2011 17:43:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=390250 Prices for the Saab 9-5 SportCombi have leaked in Sweden, and according to Autobild, the wagon version actually costs €114 less than the sedan. Whether they’ll make the same offer outside of Sweden isn’t clear… but then neither is anything about Saab’s future. And instead of haranguing the poor Swedes about the questionable financial sense […]

The post Is Saab Taking A Stand Against The Wagon Penalty? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Prices for the Saab 9-5 SportCombi have leaked in Sweden, and according to Autobild, the wagon version actually costs €114 less than the sedan. Whether they’ll make the same offer outside of Sweden isn’t clear… but then neither is anything about Saab’s future. And instead of haranguing the poor Swedes about the questionable financial sense […]

The post Is Saab Taking A Stand Against The Wagon Penalty? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/is-saab-taking-a-stand-against-the-wagon-penalty/feed/ 15
Overlooked Race Cars: The Dominatin’ Nissan Stanza Wagon! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/overlooked-race-cars-the-dominatin-nissan-stanza-wagon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/overlooked-race-cars-the-dominatin-nissan-stanza-wagon/#comments Wed, 16 Mar 2011 03:50:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=387421 When shopping for a car to thrash all weekend long on a hairy road course, most of us don’t consider the Nissan Prairie. Why not? The Team Sputnik ’86 Stanza Wagon proved at last month’s Southern Discomfort 24 Hours of LeMons that you don’t need an RX-7 or E30 to do well in low-buck endurance […]

The post Overlooked Race Cars: The Dominatin’ Nissan Stanza Wagon! appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
When shopping for a car to thrash all weekend long on a hairy road course, most of us don’t consider the Nissan Prairie. Why not? The Team Sputnik ’86 Stanza Wagon proved at last month’s Southern Discomfort 24 Hours of LeMons that you don’t need an RX-7 or E30 to do well in low-buck endurance […]

The post Overlooked Race Cars: The Dominatin’ Nissan Stanza Wagon! appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/overlooked-race-cars-the-dominatin-nissan-stanza-wagon/feed/ 4
Ask The Best And Brightest: Three-Row Wagons? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/ask-the-best-and-brightest-three-row-wagons/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/ask-the-best-and-brightest-three-row-wagons/#comments Fri, 08 Oct 2010 19:16:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=367969 Paul Penaloza writes in with a timely query: I’ve got a question for the crew. I have a relative who loves the VW Passat wagon and the promise of the better mileage with the TDI. She was crushed when she found out it did not have a third row like a minivan. That got me […]

The post Ask The Best And Brightest: Three-Row Wagons? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Paul Penaloza writes in with a timely query: I’ve got a question for the crew. I have a relative who loves the VW Passat wagon and the promise of the better mileage with the TDI. She was crushed when she found out it did not have a third row like a minivan. That got me […]

The post Ask The Best And Brightest: Three-Row Wagons? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/ask-the-best-and-brightest-three-row-wagons/feed/ 44
Review: Cadillac CTS Sportwagon http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/review-cadillac-cts-sportwagon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/review-cadillac-cts-sportwagon/#comments Mon, 22 Mar 2010 14:48:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=349922 I’m too young to remember the 1970s, but I have recollections of a Cadillac-based abomination known as the “Castilian Fleetwood Estate Wagon.” Perhaps the recent success of Cadillac-based trucks made someone at the RenCen give the Cadillac Wagon a second look. Yet the CTS Sport Wagon isn’t a cobbled-up engineering afterthought, though it reeks of […]

The post Review: Cadillac CTS Sportwagon appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
I’m too young to remember the 1970s, but I have recollections of a Cadillac-based abomination known as the “Castilian Fleetwood Estate Wagon.” Perhaps the recent success of Cadillac-based trucks made someone at the RenCen give the Cadillac Wagon a second look. Yet the CTS Sport Wagon isn’t a cobbled-up engineering afterthought, though it reeks of […]

The post Review: Cadillac CTS Sportwagon appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/review-cadillac-cts-sportwagon/feed/ 54