Wagons used to be as ubiquitous as the family road trips they chartered, and though family road trips continued, the popularity of wagons steadily declined for reasons unknown. Maybe new car buyers closely associated wagons with their uncool parents, maybe it was pop culture that attached the stigma (blame Clark Griswold). Whatever the case, CUVs, though less practical, are now infinitely more popular than wagons.
That said, the wagon seems to be at the outset of a second coming. New wagon models are starting to appear in the U.S. (European brands have typically kept their wagons off our soil), and they’re more spacious, more practical and better handling than the average crossover; and, to boot, the best of them have a little off-road credibility. Those just happen to be our favorites.
2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country
The V90 Cross Country carries on a now two-decade-old series of rugged, all-terrain-focused vehicles from everyone’s favorite Swedish carmaker.
2017 Audi A4 Allroad
Just south of the spectacular Grand Teton National Park you’ll find snow, ice, mud, driving rain, wind gales, and bone-dry but still slippery-as-hell gravel. What better place to try out Audi’s new Allroad wagon?
2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain
Station wagons are few and far between in U.S. showrooms, particularly sport wagons. We do have the Audi Allroad, now, which is a great machine — but the newest wagon from Mercedes still won’t see U.S. soil.