You'll find tall wagons and hatchbacks all over other countries, but U.S.
buyers still really haven't warmed to them.
The Kia Soul is the only real sales smash in the group: its square-box design looks good, while hiding great interior space.
The Honda Fit has long been a favorite; the eminently sensible hatchback functions as a Civic Wagon replacement, with lots of cargo room, the excellent "Magic Seat" with unparalleled flexibility, and superb fuel economy.
The Mini Cooper Clubman is now, finally, a proper small wagon, with four side doors plus its characteristic rear "church doors." It's more fun to drive than the 500L, with a stiffer ride, but substantially crisper steering and quicker acceleration, if it's ordered in (the pricey) turbocharged S form.
The Toyota (nee Scion) iM five-door hatchback isn't all that exciting, but it's competent and will likely be very reliable.
Beyond that, an increasing crop of very small crossover utility vehicles with available all-wheel drive has started to eat away at whatever market there's been for these practical but front-drive-only tall hatchbacks.
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