Over the years, the station wagon has remained one of car world’s most conflicted ideas for fans. Primarily, because of the stigma long associated with the vehicles as more of a necessity — a “family mobile” — as opposed to something that you were absolutely dying to own. But let’s not pretend we didn’t have fun whenever driving — backseat or front — in any given wagon. And besides, there have been a number of cars that have managed to break the mold with serious power, speed, and handling. Here are ten that we think have done it best.
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1970s Jeep Wagoneer
The fact that it’s a Jeep would probably exclude the Wagoneer on a lot of lists of great station wagons. We, on the other hand, would argue that it’s one of the most unique interpretations of the idea ever made, especially models from the ‘70s when the Jeep underwent a number of performance enhancements. Of course, the appeal of the old-school Wagoneer is pretty much undisputed.
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Dodge Magnum SRT8
Though it’s production run was brief (only three years), the Dodge Magnum SRT8 continues to hold a lot of street cred in the world of sports wagons. After all, the 425-horsepower car is one of the few modern-day takes on the traditional family hauler that was birthed out of a legacy of muscle cars.
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Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon
Of all the cars that Cadillac decided to discontinue over the past few decades, the CTS-V Wagon is one that is probably most publicly mourned. Building on the appeal of the CTS Coupe, the 2010 debut of the 556-horsepower wagon represented a pivotal point for Cadillac, a statement that the Germans weren’t the only ones who could pull off a hot extended version of one of their cars.
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Mercedes Benz 300TD Wagon (W123)
No wagon is more coveted for its vintage appeal than the Mercedes W123. As such, the W123, which denotes the car’s platform, has developed a massive fan base among collectors. The 300TD wagon built on Mercedes’ first foray into the world of wagons (during the ‘70s) in a diesel model, which only enhances the W123’s allure.
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It’s no question that the seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette, commonly referred to as the C7, will go down as one of the hottest ‘Vettes ever built. But not even that’s enough to convince Chevy to build a "wagon" version of the sports car (i.e. with space in the back). So, instead, custom builder Callaway decided to take a stab at the idea, debuting a two-door Corvette wagon that some contend is even hotter than the C7 itself.
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2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon
You could easily argue Mercedes-Benz is king of the wagons. That’s why the nameplate has earned two spots on our list, the second being the new 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon. Typically, we’d refrain from including any car that hasn’t already made its street debut, but given that the Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon packs an insane 600 horsepower, we think it’s well deserving of the accolade.
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2002 Subaru Impreza Wagon
Mention wagons, and the name Subaru is bound to come up in the conversation. The Japanese carmaker has put out a number of cool cars in the segment over the years, but the Impreza-based WRX Sport Wagon ranks as one of their all-time greatest. Nailing down the best model year for the Impreza Wagon, however, is subject to debate. Our money is on the 2002 Impreza for its handling, looks, and, well, because we got to know it well a decade ago.