Ask most car buyers about station wagons, and they’ll probably tell you two things: That their parents owned them a long time ago, and that nobody sells them anymore. While most of our parents likely owned wagons back in the ’70s, ’80s, and early ’90s, the fact of the matter is this: They’re making a comeback. Thanks to the rise of increasingly car-like crossovers (see: The Subaru Outback), many automakers are introducing a number of models that look and feel a whole lot like the big people movers of the past. Luckily for us these models are better — and more interesting — than ever.
The first rumblings of a wagon revival came late last decade, when Dodge offered the Magnum, Cadillac unveiled the CTS-V Sport Wagon, and Acura offered a TSX wagon. On top of the stalwarts that never quite left the segment, like Mercedes, BMW, and Volvo (wagons are still hugely popular in Europe), it felt like a breath of fresh air in a segment that had all but been swallowed up during the rise of the minivan in the 1990s. But over the past few years, station wagons gained an even larger cult status in the enthusiast community, and it reached a point where the overlap between enthusiast interest and crossover sales was so big that automakers couldn’t ignore it anymore. A number of new wagons were unveiled for 2017, and for 2018 we’re likely to see more new models than we’ve seen since the ’80s. As familiar as the proportions are, these longroofs are a lot different from mom and dad’s old Country Squire. Read on to see how the station wagon is primed to make a massive comeback in the upcoming months.