Top Five Reasons to Drive a Station Wagon

Top Five Reasons to Drive a Station Wagon

Station wagons are a rare breed these days and the crossover craze is squarely to blame for their slow-motion demise.

Car-based utility vehicles have largely taken over the market once dominated by these useful vehicles. Fortunately, the old “Family Truckster” hasn’t completely been superseded by its successors; there are still a handful of wagons available on the American market, though for how much longer is anyone’s guess.

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To keep these cars from going extinct you should totally buy one … or preferably more. Station wagons offer numerous benefits over the bulkier crossovers everyone has flocked to in recent years and here are just a few of their advantages.

5. Versatility


For starters, wagons are versatile; of course, so are modern car-based utilities, but hear us out on this point. Station wagons offer tons of interior space and a lower lift-over height than rival vehicles, meaning it’s easier to load cargo into their capacious holds since you don’t have to raise it as high to get it in. Wagons can also be extra handy when it comes to hauling more than just goods. Some offer rear-facing jump for extra passenger-carrying capacity in a pinch. Can your Honda CR-V do that? We didn’t think so.

4. Dynamics


Since they don’t sit as high as crossovers, station wagons often have lower centers of gravity. This can pay enormous dividends when it comes to handling. Toss one of these grocery-getters into a corner and it will probably respond more quickly and in a more connected way than a plodding utility. If you really want something scorching Mercedes-Benz offers an AMG version of its capacious E-Class wagon that hauls ass as well as it carries cargo.

3. Fuel Economy


Along with having more of their mass closer to the pavement, wagons also have lower, sleeker bodies that punch smaller holes in the air. Compared to crossovers, this gives them an aerodynamic edge, a boon for fuel economy. They also tend to be lighter, which also helps reduce consumption, though if you really want an efficient car with loads of cargo space, consider the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen with a diesel engine. They’re super efficient and have more torque than you’ll know what to do with. (And we hear used prices for these cars are very low right now…)

2. Capability


Of course, if it’s capability you’re after, wagons are happy to oblige. You don’t necessarily need a car-based utility vehicle or an SUV for foul weather confidence. Many wagons can be had traction enhancing all-wheel drive, like Audi’s stylish and luxurious Allroad model. The Volvo V60 Cross Country is another appealing option that’s as premium as it is functional.

1. Uniqueness


Finally, one of the most compelling reasons to pick up a station wagon is that they’re special. Not everybody drives one, which means you can stand out from the crowd by deciding to park one in your garage. So don’t be afraid of these spacious and highly functional vehicles, put the you in unique and drive a station wagon!

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  • Frankly, I’d drive a station wagon over a sedan, too. I mean, if you’re buying a Toyota Camry, for instance, you’re obviously opting for function over form. If a wagon were still available, you would have the option of massively improving that function at the cost of maybe 1-2 mpg.

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  • Eric Cameron

    Agreed entirely!

    I’ve been crying for the Mazda 6 Wagon to come to Canada…

  • Bug S Bunny

    Wagons sell in small numbers in the U.S. because most of us from the Boomer generation were schlepped around in them as kids. Now that we are drivers, nothing screams “FAMILY CAR” like a wagon. I’ve owned EVERY vehicle body type currently made – except a wagon. This is why minivan sales continue to slide – the kids who were carted around in them are now driving and they don’t want minivans. I predict the same phenomena in 20-25 years with SUVs.

  • Dave Foley

    I prefer a little larger car, so I’d be into a Malibu, Fusion, or maybe even an Impala wagon! Even a Chrysler 200 would make a nice tidy sized wagon.

    But mostly I wish the Magnum would come back. Imagine one with a nice 310hp Pentastar, or 390 hp Hemi, and the 8 speed. Take 4-600lbs of the old Magnum, and you’d totally have a cool ride!

  • Some Guy

    Who care what people assume stereotypes scream. Fact is, you pay your car payment, not them. If you ever got behind the wheel of one, you would find yourself a turbo brick wagon to finish out those driving years properly…

  • Some Guy

    I notice no difference in MPG between my 850 T-5 sedan or wagon. 😀

  • kjmclark

    Bugs, you’re either older than 50 or you’re off your nut. Oh, wait, you did say you’re a boomer. That fits then. Nothing screams “FAMILY CAR” like an overweight station wagon – aka an SUV. Although, I’ll grant you, minivans are also fat-a$$ station wagons.
    My father in law has tried for years to convince us to get an SUV instead of our 5-speed Subaru wagon. And I keep saying, “what in the world would I want to do that for???” Most of those porculent station wagons – sorry, SUVs – are just as obese as their drivers, with no advantages over a station wagon. Slower, lousy mileage, no more cargo capacity, handle like boats, aren’t any better off-road than a WRX or Outback. What’s the point? The only thing they have on a Subaru is towing capacity, and that’s mostly because being overweight themselves, adding more weight with at trailer is no big deal for braking. For pulling capacity, the station wagon’s better.

  • Bug S Bunny

    I drive neither a station wagon nor an SUV. sorry, but I will stand by my assertion. FYI: I drive a 2-seat convertible because it is about as opposite from a station wagon as I can possibly get.