We car people cry and clamor for automakers to build more manual station wagons. That got me thinking, are manual station wagons really that rare?
Using Cars.com I pulled the current inventory of all new manual wagons for sale in America.
As you can see manual wagons make up a whopping .09% of the total number of cars for sale and Subaru, followed by Volkswagen, (still) dominate this niche automotive offering.
Before you start screaming “Why is Kia on this list!?” remember, vehicles like the SOUL, XB and Mazda5 are technically classified as wagons per the government. While these may not be the traditional long-bodies that you and I classify as station wagons, I decided to use the official designation for this exercise.
Well, that and I didn’t feel like sorting out what was and wasn’t a “station wagon.”
Here is the breakout by model of the manual ‘wagons’ that were available to purchase today:
Clubman: 179; CTS: 13; Impreza: 20; Jetta SportWagen: 478; Mazda5: 110; Outback: 422; Soul: 466; XB: 232; XV Crosstrek: 445
If you were to subtract out cars that don’t meet auto journalist ‘s/ enthusiast’s standard definition of station wagon, the end result remains the same: the wagon, and in particular the manual wagon, is, like we all knew it was, a very very small percentage of the total automotive offering.
Long live the wagon!