Most of us can travel in our minds back to a time when our childhood butts were parked in the third row of a faux wood-paneled station wagon traveling down a seemingly neverending midwest highway only to occasionally stop at a cheap motel or a cheesy tourist site. That was then, but it seems that the memory stuck for way too long in the American mindset. Station wagons of this painful ilk stretched back decades before then, and it seems the stigma is still hard to shake today since wagon sales are still suffering. 

On the bright side, though, wagons have adapted brilliantly to the modern needs, desires, and the automotive industry's landscape. They've gone from dowdy and long to sporty and even truly sexily-skinned. Take one look at how wagons have changed over the past few decades and morphed into beautiful machines that no longer evoke your dad in his highwater polyester golf pants. Wagons have had to adapt or die, and it seems they'll at least survive a few more generations, at least we hope.

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Chevrolet Caprice Classic Wagon, 1988

Yes, this is the kind of wagon that cursed future generations of wagons with its fake wood panels, white wall tires and shape inspired by a coffin.

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Volvo 240 Wagon, 1990

We'll never make fun of the venerable 240 because it was awesome. The 4-cylinder engine is a workhorse, and the 240 was built like a tank.

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Buick Roadmaster Wagon, 1996

We're not sure why GM ever made this monstrosity. It harkened back to the '70s wagon styling and had all the performance of a giant brick on wheels.

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Saab 9-5 SportCombi, 2000

Yes, the Swedes used to make a pretty sexy station wagon, and we're guessing if they were still around, a modern one would be even better.

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Ford Taurus Wagon, 2005

Way too many Ford "ovals" on this car to ever make it look good, but it actually sold pretty well in spite of its weirdness. 

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Subaru Legacy Wagon, 2007'

This all-wheel drive wagon is still one of our favorites for its sleekness, traction and clean, handsome "non-Outback" styling.

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Volkswagen Passat Wagon, 2009

It's hard to believe the Passat Wagon is no more. We thought it looked way better than the sedan, and it was great to drive and roomy as hell.

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Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon, 2011

Yep, GM finally churned out a station wagon that was a real head-turner. The CTS Sport Wagon was quick, sexy and had a shit-ton of room inside.

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Audi allroad quattro, 2014

We loved the first allroad with its potent V8 engine, but this one was pretty good. Sadly, it also meant saying goodbye to the A4 Avant.

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BMW 328i Sport Wagon, 2016

BMW's only wagon is one of the best cars on the road, but it won't last for long. You can even get an orgasmic version with diesel and AWD.

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Buick Regal TourX, 2018

The wagon is not dead, and Buick is doing it in righteous style. The TourX shows us how to do a modern wagon with AWD.