The 2013 Subaru Outback probably demonstrates why the U.S.
market has virtually no wagons left.
It's somewhere between a wagon and an SUV, but the mix attracts close to 100,000 buyers a year.
With standard all-wheel drive and car-like handling, it has few direct competitors--and many buyers never consider any other car.
Every other crossover has less room inside, worse gas mileage, and inferior handling.
Outback buyers can often afford the Volvo XC60 crossover or XC70 all-wheel drive wagon, but the slightly plainer Subaru will save them $10,000 or much more.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee is thirstier, with no four and an optional V-8, and the most fuel-efficient Ford Explorer with the EcoBoost four is slow--and not available with all-wheel drive.
The Toyota Venza, based on a car platform, offers an appealing high seating position, but it's smaller inside and all-wheel drive isn't standard.
Plus, how many competitors were designed specifically to handle a pair of medium dog carriers side by side in the load bay?
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