CONSUMERS SAY they want trucks to be more car-like and cars to be more truck-like, so engineers are attempting both:
Sport wagons are more car-like because they tend to use car parts.
Sport wagons are more truck-like because the driver sits high - typically 85-130mm higher, due to larger wheels and tires and taller suspensions.
Sport wagons often use truck styling cues. Stylists increase the glass area and give the vehicle a cube shape with larger headlamps and a more prominent grille.
Sport wagons typically come with a choice of two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. This differs from a sport-utility's all-wheel drive because there is no manually shifted transfer case with a four-low gear and lockable differentials.
The all-wheel drive is designed mainly for on-road use or light off-roading.