Audi and Volvo—with Allroad and Cross Country, respectively— already know they can get away with throwing lifts on wagons and selling them as new models. Now Mercedes has hopped in on the fun with the new E-Class All-Terrain. It’s macho and burley and totally not the same as the wagon. Nope, not at all.
This is pluck and determination, writ out in thin steel and all-wheel drive.
This is the 2016 Infiniti QX50, which the company refers to as a crossover. Eh, not really.
This weekend we're releasing a 2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited to its natural habitat, Vermont, to get the last scraps of the ski season. That should give us an opportunity to suss it out on highways, country roads, and figure out whatever "X-Mode" does. So what do you want to know about it?
The famous 11 foot 8 bridge keeps a surveillance camera going to capture all of the unsuspecting truck drivers who crash into it. Now the camera has caught a hit-and-run in action, and the Volvo 240 at fault.
Here was the plan: take a $112,000 Mercedes E63 AMG S Wagon, a Subaru STI, a BMW 228i, and a 1973 Volkswagen Baja Bug, and blast sideways on a snow-covered private test track hidden in the woods of Connecticut. Simple, right?
Further proof that wagons are cool hip and trendy these days: Kia's new Sportspace concept car, built to preview their next family car, is a longroof.
Try and name the car pictured above. Having trouble?
[In America, we think of the Skyline being nothing but GT-Rs, but the name covers all kinds of models. Here's a 1970s Skyline delivery van/station wagon thing. Photo Credit: Nissan]
Mercedes did not offer its 5.6 liter M117 V8 in the stocky W123 series. Here's one anyway.
The stunt is simple: take one heavy-duty Peugeot wagon and jump it in the desert. The stunt drivers: perfectly prepared for the task at hand.
Who says you need a Miata to autocross? Not this guy. Meet the Buick Loadmaster, a Roadmaster pickup that takes autocrosses and spits at them.
The 2015 Subaru Outback has shed the outgoing fifth generation's gentle curves of baby fat and exposed an imposing, chiseled face. The new model has a better engine and more space for your dogs, slack lines, commercial quantities of kale, and whatever else you hippies carry in your off-roady wagons.
This is the Volvette: a rear-drive, Corvette-powered Volvo wagon. Its motto: to punish and enslave.
Walk around Volvo's LA Auto Show display for a few minutes, like I did, and there's one noticeable omission. Pasadena moms and Santa Monica and Santa Barbara surfer dads who run around in turbo V70s and are coming to the show will be disappointed: There are precisely zero wagons on the stand.
The other day I posted about why we call station wagons "station wagons", and in the comments I noticed a fair amount of discussion in the comments about whether or not certain cars were officially wagons, or just hatchbacks. Sure, it's a question a child might ask, but it's not a childish question.
The body style we in the US call a "station wagon" seems to have more variants on what to call it than almost any other body style, with manufacturers often using their own idiosyncratic names, much more so than they do for, say, a coupé or a sedan/saloon. But why?
Before many collector vehicles were collector vehicles, they were just used cars. Besides obviously rare and exotic cars chances are there was a time when someone thought the collector car of your dreams was just a cheap old car. With this in mind we want to examine the cars that are currently just old cars but will…