Road & Track 1975 Vintage Comparison: Six Compact Wagons – AMC Sportabout; Mazda RX-4; Peugeot 504; Toyota Mk II; Volvo 145; VW 412

R&T takes a look at alternatives to the typical large American station wagon. Sadly, there’s no FWD wagon to add a bit of counterpoint to the five RWD ones and the rear-engine VW 412.


Not surprisingly, the Peugeot and Volvo came in for lots of praise, despite their lack of performance. But there’s more to a big wagon than acceleration, and if one has ever experienced the utter serenity of a Peugeot wagon over rough terrain or urban potholes, the term “performance” takes on a new meaning.