What's the difference between a station wagon and a 5-door hatchback?

For example, the Toyota Matrix and Subaru WRX are classified as wagons and hatchbacks, respectively. They seem to have similar proportions though. What's the diff? Thanks!

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  • C7S
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    Station wagons are longer.

    Hatchbacks are not as long.

    Station wagons have longer ger trunks that are at least 2 feet longer than a hatchback trunk. and the wheel base for a stationwagon is also longer.

    You can tell just by looking at a car that it is a hatchback or stationwagon.

  • 1 decade ago

    My 06 WRX is considered a wagon and the 08's are called 5 door hatch. Dementionally they are not really different.

  • 1 decade ago

    Station wagons are typically longer. Otherwise, nothing but the name. SUVs are just glorified, lifted station wagons.

  • 1 decade ago

    station wagons sound dorky. hatchbacks don't. they are the same

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  • 1 decade ago

    overall vehicle length

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