The auto industry has yet to coin a widely used name for the emerging segment of car-based wagons with sport-utility character.
An informal survey of Automotive News readers produced these suggestions:
Multi-purpose vehicle (MPV)
Luxury utility vehicle (LUV)
Car-based ute or 'cute'
Hybrid utility wagon
Recreational wagon (Rec-wag)
Personal sport vehicle (PSV)
Automotive News prefers sport wagon. It captures the heritage of the station wagon, which is how these vehicles are being used: all-purpose haulers for on-the-go families.
The name also draws on the sport-utility, the design inspiration for most of the new vehicles.