The last period of true mainstream sales relevance for the station wagon in North America was in the 1990s, although the minivan and SUV had long since pushed the station wagon aside by then. peak cart – measured by the number of new model wagons available here – happened in 1964 or 1977, when 47 different wagons were in US dealerships. The Ford Taurus wagon got the ax in 2005, 14 years later the country squire is gone, with the Saturn L300 and Ford Focus wagons disappearing around the same time. Hyundai saw the writing on the wall a little earlier, though, and ditched the long roof here after 2000. service in Denver.
At this time, many of you are sputtering angrily, “But what about the 2009-2012 Elantra Touring?” I say this car was a saloon, albeit slightly stretched, designed for europeans then hastily fitted with Elantra badges for the North American market. A real the station wagon should be based on a sedan, and that’s exactly what Hyundai did with it the 1996-2000 Elantra.
In fact, this wagon is so closely derived from the sedan that you can still see the sedan’s original roofline around the rear doors. Why design new doors if it is not necessary?
The Elantra received a new grille in 1999, and this may well have influenced the nose of the then-developing Pontiac Aztek. This ensured that no one would mistake the Elantra for a Corolla (the wagon version of which was discontinued here after 1996), which probably seemed important at the time.
This 2.0-liter DOHC inline-four produced 133 horsepower, 11 more than the 2000 Ford Focus station wagon.
A five-speed manual was the base transmission for the 2000 Elantra, but nearly all U.S. buyers shelled out an extra $750 (about $1,300 in 2022 dollars) for the four-speed automatic.
The MSRP for this car was $12,499, or about $21,645 in today’s money. The Focus Wagon cost $15,380 that year, but it came with an automatic transmission as standard equipment.
By the dawn of the 21st century (which, technically speaking, didn’t happen until January 1, 2001), air conditioning and some sort of sound system had become features at no extra cost in many low-cost vehicles. The 2000 Elantra had free air conditioning plus an AM/FM/cassette deck with six speakers, but that factory CD player was only available with one of several option packages ranging from $750 at $1,400.
Hyundai was still using mechanical odometers when this car was built, so we can see just over 100,000 miles passed under its wheels before it got to its last parking spot. Perhaps no one will mourn the death of a rare copy of Hyundai’s Last True Wagon, but it’s the kind of automotive history that these series chronicle attempts.
Leave Saturn and Escort behind!