Why hatchbacks and wagons are on the outs

Why hatchbacks and wagons are on the outs

The eulogy for one popular American sedan was written this past July when Ford

stopped building its Fusion, but 2020 was also a tough year for hatchbacks and station wagons.

Seven hatchbacks and wagons, spanning from pint-size city cars all the way to luxo-laden barges, won’t be back for 2021. These practical choices have been dropped from automaker lineups as consumers continue to shift their buying preference to SUVs.

Budget-friendly hatches (and their sedan counterparts)

The Chevrolet Sonic — in both sedan and hatchback form — has been axed in favor of crossovers like the new Trailblazer entry-level SUV. Toyota

introduced the Mazda

-built Yaris sedan and hatchback a few years ago to quiet, but meaningful, applause, but the model proved to be short-lived.


 Fit hatchback has long been a favorite of automotive writers and enthusiasts for its well-packaged interior and zippy road manners. Shoppers, however, have favored the closely-related, but SUV-styled HR-V that offers optional all-wheel drive.

Quirky and sporty hatchbacks

Hatchbacks by their very nature are somewhat oddball vehicles in the U.S., where consumers long shunned practical cars in favor of more conventionally-styled sedans. The automotive world loses one of its weirdest choices with the discontinuation of the Fiat
500L, a tall wagon that splits the difference between hatchback and SUV. Though not perfect by any stretch, the 500L offered a lot of personality and zippy turbo power.

The Hyundai

Elantra GT’s discontinuation is a stinger. Offering as much as 201 horsepower, the Elantra GT was a budget-priced rival to the evergreen Volkswagen


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At the upper end

Jaguar has dropped its XF Sportbrake, a rarely-spotted and more practical version of the company’s XF midsize sedan.

The Jaguar XF Sportbrake


Perhaps more notably, the long-running Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon — a model with a 40-year genesis — has been replaced by a high-riding version called the E-Class All Terrain. Styled like a Subaru

Outback, the All Terrain has chunky fender flares and a high stance. Fans of Benz wagons looking for a lot of performance can still opt for the ferocious E63 tweaked considerably by the brand’s AMG division, but good luck finding one for under $100,000

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There are still a few hatchbacks and wagons left, though. Subaru and Honda will happily sell you an Impreza or a Civic with a dose of added practicality, while the 591-horsepower Audi RS 6 Avant wagon was a somewhat surprising addition to the automaker’s lineup.

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And while the models we mentioned may not be sold new anymore, you can still purchase them used.

This story originally ran on Autotrader.com.

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