Some might say that wagons have recently been going out of style as the default family-friendly vehicle, but that doesn't mean they've all disappeared or aren't still loved by many. Popular before SUVs became all the rage, station wagons are somewhat like a sedan, but with a hatchback design rather than the usual trunk. This 2-box design maximizes cargo space, while retaining the driving dynamics of a sedan, and popular modern models include the Subaru Outback, Volvo V60 and Kia Soul. That makes it an ongoing preferred choice for driving enthusiasts looking for a practical car that's a little smaller, and possibly more fun to drive, than today's SUV or minivan.

Look no further and begin your search for the perfect station wagon right here. Learn more about this vehicle style below where you can search by make/model or manufacturer, read wagon reviews and news, skim the pros and cons and find an option perfect for your family's needs right in your local area.

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Wagon Pros and Cons

Many wagons available today come from European luxury brands. These include hatchback versions of popular sedans from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and Audi. Many wagons have an outdoorsy characteristic to them and include standard all-wheel drive like the Buick Regal TourX, the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack and the Subaru Outback.

Pros: Because of their boxy designs, wagons are usually very practical and space-efficient cars. Being squared off in the back yields more cargo space while retaining the same amount of passenger space as a similarly sized sedan. Folding the back seats down gives you even more room, making it easy to carry big items without requiring a truck or an SUV. Since so many wagons offer AWD as either standard or an option, it makes them good for all-season drivability.

With wagons not being nearly as common on American roads as they were a few decades ago, a wagon is a good way to stand out while also driving a practical family car. In the era of crossover SUVs being the new norm, a wagon is a great alternative, giving you similar passenger and cargo space with the driving dynamics of a sedan.

Cons: A downside of the decline in the popularity of wagons is that there aren't a lot of options on the market anymore. You used to be able to get a wagon version of just about every sedan on the market, but that hasn't been the case for a while. Your options are now mostly limited to European luxury brands, Buick, Volkswagen and Subaru.

Because most wagons in the U.S. market are from luxury brands, it means they're often a bit pricey. With the aforementioned exceptions from VW, Subaru and Buick, many wagons start up in the $40k range or higher. If you're looking for an affordable new wagon, your options are pretty limited.