Make ya a bet they haven't stopped making them -just importing them...! I'd give the guy the same advice for the Mazda6 SportWagon we got on 2004 -and which they quit importing in '08 or '09... Still make them, still look terrific and produce good numbers, still has that pretty low roofline and all that covered storage/stowage in the back even with the seats up...
...they just don't import them for us paddlers here!
BTW -and you probably already know this -but there's now an Elantra 5-door that's the approximate equivalent to the Mazda3. Unfortunately, no native roof racks or rails like our cars, so a complete set of feet, towers, & bars is required for models like these (if they're available from the major manufacturers) if you want to use them as haulers.
You're dead-on about station wagons here in the good ole US of A -few and far between -and expensive: MB, BMW, Jaguar, etc. No native species, no main line makers.
So we turn to hybrids and Xovers and sedans -and such -to get out and
-Frank in Miami
Paddler's Truck Rack
Kayak & Canoe Covers
EZ-Dock modular docks
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