They’re big, somewhat boxy, and on rare occasions, sporty. I speak of course about our old friend, the station wagon. Over the past 6 years I’ve owned two wagons, and honestly, I’ve loved them both. My first was a 2006 Dodge Magnum SRT8. This was a 168 mph bread box with 425 hp/ 425 lb.ft of torque and Brembo brakes. It was fast and super comfy, but unfortunately didn’t really have that much space. My current box is a 1992 Chevrolet Caprice wagon with the ever popular lounge chair seating and a grossly underpowered 5.7-liter V8. It does however seat 8 and with the seats down, will hold a 4×8 sheet plywood. I love this thing and truly enjoy the driving experience. However even though I think it’s cool with its big fuselage shape, no one else seems to.
Manufacturers nowadays are calling their new wagons “shooting brakes”, a name that doesn’t really resonate here in the United States. Maybe it’s to make them appear trendy, or perhaps they’re trying to find a new market. Whatever the case though I’m not sure a simple name change will bring the “cool” back to these road beasts. Whatcha’ all think – are, and or can wagons be cool, or are we kidding ourselves about these old school road going relics.