Road & Track | Zach Bowman | 06/08/2020
Crossovers control the headlines, but a quiet renaissance of great wagon options is happening. The V60 proves why that’s a good thing.
We’re not going to spend these pages whining about the death of the wagon or the rise of the crossover. We get it. Wagons have traditionally been the choice for families, but these are not our fathers’ days. With a few exceptions, modern long-roofs carry European luxury badges in their grilles. And today’s families don’t have the budget for leather-lined kid movers. In the United States, new parents are older than ever: 31 years old for men and 26 for women. But Americans of child-rearing and -raising age find themselves behind the economic eight ball. Americans under 35 have seen their median, inflation-adjusted net worth drop by 68 percent compared with their peers in 1984. It’s 44 percent for those between 35 and 44. Meanwhile, the costs of education, childcare, healthcare, and housing have skyrocketed.
This story originally appeared in the May 2020 issue of Road & Track.
And it’s not just the money. Most parents simply want one less thing to worry about. Crossovers promise a type of sanctuary from our increasingly ominous world by demanding nothing. The real shame is that those anonymous bubbles are just another trap, deducting more from our lives than they give. It’s easy to forget that a family car should do more than disappear; it should brighten the moments between the garage and the drop-off line.