I’ve got sad news for you my friend; that crossover you bought – the vehicle that combines the practicality of an SUV with the driveability of a car – it’s actually been known for generations by a different name.
You own a station wagon.
I’ll wait for a minute while you clean up the mess you made when you spit your coffee all over your keyboard.
Yes, that hip new crossover you bought is a cleverly repackaged vehicle that has been around since the dawn of the internal combustion engine (err, not really – but it’s been around for a while).
The highly-paid advertising executives (Don Draper types) who create the marketing for cars are a pretty smart bunch. They foisted a 15-year period of SUV dominance on us in the name of safety and practicality, and when that well dried up, they repackaged a tried-and-true segment that had fallen on hard times and told the American public they had come up with something new.
Crossovers are everywhere these days: the Ford Edge, Chevy Equinox, Infiniti EX 35 and Volvo XC60 are just a few of dozens of crossovers populating dealer lots. They’re inescapable.
So don’t feel bad, happy owner of a new station wagon; you aren’t the only one who was duped into buying a station wagon. Plus,your secret is safe with me.