Watch any family movie from the 1980s and there will be a station wagon in it. These vehicles were incredibly popular for decades in the U.S. But now they’re nowhere to be seen because people’s tastes changed. The minivan came along and revolutionized the market because it offered greater fuel efficiency and more space.
Now there are more economical station wagons but it’s too late. In the good old days, everybody piled into them and went on road trips. But now families want gigantic SUVs or big minivans. Station wagons – or estates as the Brits call them – remain popular on the European continent. But they’re dying out in North America (via Inside Hook).