Around the beginning of the 1930s, boxy cars were introduced to the world. Some cars back then had boxy shapes for functional reasons. Others did it out of fashion—being square was hot during the 1970s and 1980s.
Boxy cars typically offer more interior space and comfort than their more streamlined rivals. Additionally, many of the boxy cars of today are tougher models that excel in off-road conditions.
We've selected ten examples of box-shaped cars in Car Review Magazine
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is the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, which is the boxiest passenger car on the market in North America. From 1979 to 1992, the first generation G-Wagen was produced. Up until 2018, the second-generation G-Class would still be produced.
the Soul is one of the funkier-looking cars on sale today. Despite being small in size, this vehicle still boasts ample cabin space. The optional 201 horsepower turbocharged engine option makes the Soul a very speedy box-on-wheels as well.
When it comes to serious off-roading, there aren't many automobiles on the market that can compete with a Wrangler. The Wrangler has been manufactured for a very long time, much longer indeed, with roots that go all the way back to World War II. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a V6 engine, or even a 470 horsepower V8 engine are all options for the Wrangler.
The most recent Defender still comes in two-wheelbase models with two or four doors, and it has a very blocky design. Notable is the fact that the most recent Defender is offered with a variety of quite varied engines, ranging from a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder to a 4.4-liter V8.
Only Japan presently sells Thor. It has the smallest engine in the list, with a 996 cc displacement. For 2020, Thor and Roomy underwent cosmetic changes.
The Toyota bB, Scion xB, and Subaru Dex are all tiny MPVs that have been badge-engineered and sold as the Daihatsu Materia. It was offered in Japan and some European markets in 1.3-liter and 1.5-liter models with a 4WD option. With a 1.3-liter K3-VE engine and the option of FWD or 4WD, the Subaru Dex is a variant that has been badge-engineered for Subaru.
One of the smallest and least expensive square vehicles on our list is Jeep Renegade. It has five seats, however, the second row's legroom is somewhat restricted. The Renegade is powered by a powerful 177-horsepower turbo-four engine.
The R1S is a three-row SUV that will be delivered early in the next year and is propelled by four electric motors that provide a combined 700 hp. The R1S can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in around three seconds flat thanks to this much power and, of course, quick torque from the electric motors.
On November 19, 2008, at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the third-generation Cube made its debut. It was the first Cube generation to be formally exported outside of Japan. Due to subpar sales, the Cube was withdrawn from the North American market at the end of the 2014 model year.
The third-generation Cube is built on the front-wheel-drive B platform of the Renault-Nissan Alliance and is propelled by a 1.8 L, four-cylinder MR-family engine that generates 122 horsepower and 172 Nm of torque.
The 4Runner is a body-on-frame survivor, having been sold since the 2010 model year in its current configuration. It shares a platform with the FJ Cruiser and the J150 series Land Cruiser Prado/Lexus GX. The 2009 Texas State Fair hosted the introduction of the fifth-generation 4Runner. All models come equipped with the 4.0-liter V6 gasoline engine, which adds Dual VVT-i to increase horsepower, torque, and fuel efficiency.