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It's no secret that we're wagon fans, especially the modern, stylish mid-size five-doors available from Subaru, Cadillac and Audi. Unfortunately, aside from the Subarus and VW Jettas there are few affordable examples available in the U.S. market.
With any luck the good folks at Kia will see this rendering based on the recently revealed Optima and say "Let's do it!" The new Optima sedan is a handsome piece of work, but adding this CTS-inspired extended roof-line and D-pillar really gives it the finishing touch.

Now what we'd like to see is something akin to the Mercedes-Benz Shooting Break concept based on the Sonata. Come on photoshoppers, get to work. Hats off to Andrus for the tip!

[Source: This Week in Motors]


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      Gene Yuss
      • 3 Years Ago
      With roughly 200,000 Venzas sold in the last three years (54k, 47k, 34k, respectively), I don't understand why Kia would pass on an Optima wagon in the US. My wife and i own a full size SUV and a Mazda 5 GT. Even with a child in tow and a stroller in back, I still prefer driving the Mazda over the SUV for how well planted it feels on the road and for the better gas mileage. I could do without the added bulk and rollover risk of the big SUV. Please bring this to the US, Kia.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think this could be a very handsome wagon.
      Build one with the 2.0T and a manual transmission and it will be on my list.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There's an affordable Subaru wagon? Last I looked they did away with the Legacy Wagon. The Outback is a crossover more than a wagon in my book.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That looks pretty good. I think a Forte wagon would catch my attention, and probably be more in my price range too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've got a VeeDub Jetta Sportwagen diesel....LOVE IT! 40+mpg and its quick and handles great! Especially with some H&R sport springs!

      I'll admit, people think its crazy I like driving a wagon. Its hard to be ahead of your time. =) The modern wagon is fun to drive and has lots of utility when needed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "I've got a VeeDub Jetta Sportwagen diesel....LOVE IT! 40+mpg and its quick and handles great! Especially with some H&R sport springs!

        I'll admit, people think its crazy I like driving a wagon. Its *not* hard to be *behind* your time. =) The modern wagon has lots of utility when needed."

        There -- fixed that for you. ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Apparently I'm in the strict minority of this blog's readership -- I want nothing to do with wagons.

      Not this one, not a Subaru, not a VW, not a Volvo, not a Cadillac, not a Honda/Acura.

      The Dodge Magnum was the last wagon to stir any interest in me and it is now dead [r.i.p.].

      Also, can we curtail use of the term 'shooting-brake' (and 'shooting break') a bit? I feel like the authors manage to squeeze that term into every other article, whether it fits or not.
        • 5 Years Ago
        5.7L. AWD. Need I say more?

        I'm not going to stick up for the Magnum much -- I don't own one and don't plan to buy one. I just want to make sure the balance is represented. The truth is that most car owners/buyers still have no interest whatsoever in owning a station wagon.

        *I too would be more likely to buy a sedan or even a crossover/small SUV than a wagon.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dodge Magnum. You want Dodge Magnum Wagon over Subaru, Cadillac, Volvo, VW, (Honda/Acura I can understand) You are officially the gayest car-enthusiast I know on the net, congrats.

        PS, although yes, I would get a crossover or a sedan before a wagon, I can't deny that it is one of the most functional and efficent cars around.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe it would be as successful as the Rhondo or Hyundai Elantra Touring - whoops. I wish the Rhondo was better looking and the Touring was just better. The smallish van/wagon is a tough sell in the US, so they better be at least as good as the sedans. Seems like the Touring is not.

      I am in the camp that favors utility (Honda magic seats!) over performance in this class. I do not want a sport wagon, or sport utility, for that matter. A decent engine with decent mileage would be nice.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Optima sales peaked out at 44,904 units in CY 2008, and fell 16% in 2009, but this new design can easily double that number (in my estimation). If they build a good-looking wagon and bring it in around $23K, there's incremental growth potential of at least 20,000 units and perhaps more. That's why Ford, Honda, Toyota and Nissan all need to watch out. Their mid-size sedan numbers are going to fall now that HMC has created the all-new Sonata and this redesigned Optima. Ford and Nissan are the most vulnerable (although some might argue that Toyota's recent problems will weaken Camry sales).

      Anyway, bring it on! Venza starts at $27K and Toyota managed to sell 54,000 of 'em in 2009, so there's definitely a market for an attractive mid-size wagon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The wagon body looks sweet. The wheels - not so much. Add AWD and they'll give Subaru a run for their money
      • 5 Years Ago
      i'm LOVING this as a wagon!!!! i haven't really considered a wagon since the Mazda 6 was discontinued, but this could very well end up in my driveway - should they decide to actually build it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey that looks pretty sweet
      dawg breath
      • 5 Years Ago
      Here again is my point on this auto, as it was on the Caddy..."turtle" look, like all other crossovers and wagon wannabees..someone please get us out of this funk and into the 21st century!!!!!
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