What's a Station Wagon? - 2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 Long-Term Road Test

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: What's a Station Wagon?

August 19, 2010

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On the way home today, my daughter and I were chatting in the car and somehow I mentioned the term, "station wagon."

"What's a station wagon?" she asked immediately.

From your average 10-year-old girl this might not seem like a strange question, but my kid knows the difference between coupes, sedans, minivans, SUVs, etc., so her question caught my attention right away.

I started to explain: "You know, station wagon. Not an SUV or minivan, but a car with a rear lift door."

"You mean a hatchback," she said. "Like the one we're driving now," referring to the Mazdaspeed 3.

"No," I said. "Similar, but usually they're longer."

"An Avant," she said, getting impatient with the conversation.

Tissue, Kleenex, wagon, Avant. She was right, but I had never before considered that wagons were so unusual these days, she didn't even know the general term.

For the remaining five-mile or so drive home, I was determined to show her a station wagon.

We never passed a single one.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 16,409 miles

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