Marc Stengel, Sun, 24 Sep 2006 08:00:00 PDT
Station wagons in the '70s and '80s spawned like mad. They were everywhere; ergo, they became very not cool. Minivans appeared on the scene with the '90s. They were new, unfamiliar; ergo they became very hip, very cool.Today-one scant auto-buying generation into the future-it's time to turn this sweater inside-out. It's minivans that have spawned like mad for the last 15 years. They're everywhere; ergo, they've become very not cool. Meantime, aided by cultural amnesia, a seemingly unprecedented crop of station wagons is rolling onto the 2005 car scene. They appear unusual, innovative; ergo they're very hip, very cool.
So it's with a sniff of suspicion I've been transported into a parallel retro-universe that I present to my reading public the new 2005 Magnum SXT station wagon from Dodge. It's been ten years, mind you, since The Wife and I sheepishly traded away our stalwart 1987 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser wagon so as to minimize snickers among valet-parking lads at pish-tosh garden parties. What a great car, though, for the kids-ten, eight and four years old at the time. Then again, what a relief no longer to sit amongst and atop spatters of scabby, dried strained peas that rendered crimson velvet upholstery into transcendental patterns of camouflage.
Ample interior room