Wagons never really died, they just went underground for a few years and then emerged in disguise looking a lot like the 2014 Kia Soul. Redesigned for the current model year the blocky Soul satisfies may of the criteria for inexpensive family transportation, with its practical interior, reasonable fuel consumption, and nicely-equipped base model. It also happens to be the last of a dying breed, as box-like wagons like the Nissan cube and the Scion xB trundle off this mortal coil, neglected and allowed to go to seed while facing a fierce pack of crossover competitors.
That Kia has seen fit to continue to improve the Soul's styling and enhance what it brings to the table in terms of features and comfort indicates that the wagon is here to stay. It also proves that compact SUVs aren't necessarily the next logical step in automotive evolution once a family has outgrown the entry-level compact car sitting in the driveway.