Originally Posted by WRXHillClimb
Hate to break it to you, but 1) your opinion is not absolute truth and 2) there's a difference between hatch and wagon. A hatch was traditionally a sedan (4 door) with the trunk cut off, like a BMW 318 hatchback versus the 318 coupe/sedan, so your space argument is invalid. A wagon is a sedan with an extended cabin producing more space to the same platform.
Now, to keep my opinion SEPARATE from the logical portion of the discussion: hatches/wagons/any car with a huge sloped back (looks like a fat person) is fugly to me.
Normal cars are for people and grocery transporting and for good gas mileage. Blending purposes too much results in stupid crap like the honda crosstour and hatchbacks
, and funny you should mention "more evolved" and forget commas everywhere.
Traditional definitions do not really matter. Now, the difference between a wagon and hatchback is typically whatever the manufacturer feels like naming it. And hatchbacks/wagons create more usable space than trunks even if the actual cargo space numbers don't show it.
Blending purposes produces awesome cars, like the WRX and STI wagon. Trying to make things look cool when there is no functional purpose behind it is what produces stupid crap, like the Honda Crosstour and nearly every CUV and SUV ever conceived.
As long as Americans over the age of 12 prefer form over function, and their idea of form is just brainwashing from media and marketing, hatchbacks and wagons are going to struggle here.