#4: Volvos (Rear-Wheel-Drive Ones)
Dawn of Man-1996
To some extent, these are the Subaru wagons’ spiritual and actual predecessors. Volvo’s secret? It basically built one car for 25 years under a variety of nameplates. In its staid Swedish way the carmaker eschewed fashion and focused instead on great quality (and safety).
As a former owner of a 1987 Volvo 240 DL, and current owner of a 2005 Subaru Impreza RS wagon, I approve of this list. But I must admit, the words “refuses to die” were uttered right before my beloved Volvo died its final death. No bullshit.