After driving nothing but pickup trucks and SUVs for 20 years, I picked up a used BMW 5-series AWD wagon a few years ago. I quickly learned it had better ride, handling, and gas mileage than my previous vehicles and had almost as much cargo capacity. Now I'm starting to look for a replacement (used) for my current car and the selections are limited. The BMW 5-series, Audi A6, and Cadillace CTS wagons have all been discontinued. The Mercedes-Benz E-class is in a different price category even as a used car. Seems like the only ongoing options with AWD and reasonable used car availability are the Volvo XC70 and Subaru Outback (my wife has a Legacy and I feel the ride is pretty harsh). Anyone else who has picked a wagon over a crossover SUV as their daily driver?
1965 fastback - 289-4V, auto, deluxe interior, power steering, power brakes, air conditioning
Although probably to low brow for the OP I bought the wife a Flex last year. She loves it. She's acted like everything she ever drove was a station wagon, so I bought her one. Visibility front, rear, and side, is probably among the best out there these days. Low entry over an SUV helps in transporting my 90+ father in law and his chair.
65 C Code hardtop from California still wearing it's original paint.
Roller 331, TW 170 heads, T-5z, FiTech EFI, HiPo Manifolds, Arvinode exhaust, SoT Bilstien coilover front suspension, TJ on eBay 8" 3.40 Trac-Loc 3rd member. Mustang Steve 2008 GT bracketed 12.4" front disks
Not quite as cool as my '64 Galaxie Country Sedan SW, but I also had a '79 Subaru SW (also known as my Mustang tow vehicle), a '81 Volvo 240 GLT SW. and a '84 Volvo diesel SW (converted to '89 Mustang 5.0 HO with AOD power).
A buddy of mine has a 1964 Merc wagon, along with a '64 Galaxie parts car that has a nice XL interior. He's offered it to me several times, but I need another project like a hole in the head. On the other hand, bucket seats and a center console would make for a pretty sweet ride! lol
Working on old cars teaches us patience... and every curse word imaginable!
Yeah, I do like wagons! When I was a kid, the family car was a 1971 LTD Country Squire with a 429 4V under the hood. It even had the simulated woodgrain paneling on the sides and power everything! That car was awesome.
As I understand, it was federal MPG requirements that killed the wagon. They tend to be heavier and less aerodynamic than cars and therefore use more fuel. SUVs, however, are considered "Light Trucks", and the same MPG requirements don't apply. Thus, manufacturers quickly ditched the wagon and started cranking out SUVs! Ironically, the end result was more vehicles that consumed more gas than wagons.
I'd still like to get a very nice Falcon wagon; not sure if I'd want the simulated woodgrain paneling on the sides, but it would have a spiffy 289 with a T5z and limited slip diff.