Redusernab Asks: Can wagons make a proper comeback?

All we hear is that the car buying public wants crossovers and SUVs. It’s true, of course. They are everywhere. People are snatching them up. The CUV represents the fasting growing segment for basically every automaker on the planet. And this all spells doom for the wagon.

Or does it?

According to a story over on Bloomberg, which we found by way of our friends at Jalopnik, wagon sales weren’t too shabby last year. Yes, the overall market share is still quite small. But more than 200,000 people purchased a shiny new longroof. That figure represents a 29% increase over the course of the last five years.

The driving force behind this slight wagon-love shift? Rich folks. It’s the Volvo V90 and V60, the Jaguar XF Sportbrake, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and the Porsche Panamera. 2017 was a peak sales year over the course of the last five in total, so 2018 shows some softening. But staying above that 200,000 sales mark is a strong sign.

There are still great options for us peasants as well. From Volkswagen to Buick and… ok, I guess that’s really it. There still aren’t a lot of wagon choices. But pretty much every one of them is a good choice. Not because it’s a wagon, but because the car itself is a good one.

Crossovers have gotten so much better compared to when they first arrived. They drive well. The styling is vastly improved. Overall, the CUV market has some great choices. But shop a bit harder and you’ll find an even better wagon waiting in the wings.

Except that one in the lead image… COME ON SUBARU, GIVE US THE LEVORG ALREADY!

By |2019-01-08T22:07:56+00:00January 9th, 2019|Redusernab Asks|24 Comments

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Jeff Glucker is the co-founder and Executive Editor of He’s often seen getting passed as he hustles either a dark blue 1974 Mercedes-Benz 280 or 1991 Mitsubishi Montero up the 405 Freeway. IG: @RedusernabJeff

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