To the Editor:
Regarding "Today's station wagon?" comment in John K. Teahen Jr.'s SalesTales column (March 10), the reality is that essentially all SUVs - not just sport wagons - have become station wagons.
In the heyday of station wagons (I'd say the late 1950s through the early 1970s, corresponding with the boomer generation) they were the workhorse vehicles for most families.
They served in carpools during the week and towed recreational accessories on the weekends. To meet the demographics, they came in all shapes and sizes - from the Volkswagen Squareback to the Ford Country Squire to the Chrysler Town & Country.
Nowadays, traditional wagons are essentially CAFE'd out of fleets, but the same functional needs are still there. The options for families are SUVs - from the Ford Escape to the Explorer to the Cadillac Escalade.
In my opinion, all SUVs and minivans are really passenger cars and should be counted as such. But some of the bigger people movers are derived from their truck siblings (or is it vice versa now?).