the return of the wagon  

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Ok, first a quick question. Isn't this little guy cute? A friend of mine tried to tell me he was ugly. But laying there sleeping, he looks adorable, I think.

Anyway, the topic for today is cars. Yes, cars. Matt bought a new car a few weeks ago. It's a 2007 Dodge Caliber. Since then I've noticed the number of cars like it on the road. It's a 4 door hatchback that looks suspiciously a lot like a station wagon. You know, those cars that were popular before SUVs, but no one wants to be caught dead driving anymore. Well, it seems they're making a comeback.

Our neighbor has a Toyota Matrix he purchased a few years ago that's the same color as Matt's. They don't look identical, but they look a lot alike. I've also noticed that the Pontiac Vibe is also very similar.

Also, three of these cars came out within the last 2 years. The Caliber is new for this year, replacing the Neon. Scion, a subsidiary of Toyota, came out with the xA last year, and Honda came out with the fit this year.

I remember years ago a friend of mine complaining that there weren't very many wagons available. I think Volvo has always had one, though it's been more expensive. And there have been SUVs, but they've also been in the more expensive category usually. Well, it looks like they're back in a slightly alterered form. None of these are as large as a traditional car was back when wagons were in, but cars in general have shrunk in size (even as SUVs have grown larger). Even though in a trimmer more stylish dressing, they've returned.

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