Warren Brown and Lou Ann Hammond chat about cars on www.washingtonpost.com March 13, 2015

Good Morning Warren and friends

My good buddy Warren is back today! I, we all, missed you last week WarBro.

I have started seeing a fusion of design going on now between sports cars and SUVs and between sports cars and wagons. I wrote about this last week after I drove the 2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen.

Many of you will remember driving around in a station wagon. The whole family packed into a station wagon. I was the tiniest in the family, so I rode in the back next to the cooler on the long cruise, staring out the back window. When we got hungry we would stop and eat, no going into a restaurant with five kids for our family. No, my Mom would pop open a can of Campbell’s vegetable soup and scoop off the top liquid, and I would eat it cold out of the can with a white bread sandwich. Those were the days!

The SUVS and wagons are melding and eventually the stigma of having a station wagon will be gone because the cars are now being sold as sportswagens or as a Sport Activity wagon.

I drove a 2015 BMW X4 Xdrive 28i this week and felt the same way I did as when I was driving the 2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen. Lots of functionality and a great driving machine.

I did notice that I have gotten used to blind spot warning – the little orange icon that comes up on your side mirror when someone is in your blind spot. The X4 didn’t have it.

The machine out the door is $54,500 including a $950 destination charge. I got about 25 mpg, helped along by a start stop and an 8-speed sport automatic.

For any of you that want to see what Mercedes is planning for the future you can read the piece on the self-driving Mercedes-Benz F 015 concept.

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Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.