Don't give me that "wagons aren't cool" mumbo-jumbo. I already know they aren't, and that is why they sort of are.
Let me explain. These days there has been a sort of trend of things becoming cool because it's ironic. Sometimes, it's just something that is so impractical and stupid it's hilarious. Mopeds, for example. Or, those sweatshirts with wolves howling at the moon. Stupid, yet somehow cool.
So, why not follow that trend and get yourself a really useful car. Wagons can successfully combine the style and usability of a normal sedan with enough space in the back to take your punk band on a cross-country tour. Here are five forgotten wagons that would make for a great hauler.
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5. Chevrolet Caprice/Buick Roadmaster
At number five is the monster Caprice. It is at the bottom because although it has that radical rear-facing tailgunner seat and self-adjusting air suspension, its big V-8 means it will most definitely manage fuel economy on par with Exxon Valdez. Still, those big Chevy V-8s run forever and ever, and you will be able to tow more than any of the other choices.
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4. Ford Taurus
The car your mother used to haul you and your siblings in has seen its day come and go. Don't you think it deserves a revival by now? Nowadays you can pick up a rust bucket Taurus for about the same as a used X-box. The choice is yours, but I would always pick the bigger box.
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3. Volvo 240
Ever driven a brick? The Volvo 240 wagon is about as close as you'll ever get. Every brick cliche someone can use about a car applies to the 240. Built like a brick, tough as a brick, looks like a brick, etc. Heck, you can even use it to haul bricks...
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2. Mercedes-Benz 300TE
One of the best built cars of all time. That means that even the oldest examples still ride as well as a brand new family sedan. It is a car that is for any class. Anyone can appreciate the magnificence of this car, but when it comes to wagons its potential hefty repair bills means it isn't quite top dog.
1. Subaru Legacy Outback
If you want a wagon, the Subaru Legacy Outback has got to be your best bet. Its Japanese build means it will run forever, and will be cheap to fix on the rare occasion it won't run. Its boxer engine provides plenty of power and a low center of gravity for fun handling. And, its all-wheel drive means that when the road ends your trip doesn't have to. It will be able to haul all your camping gear and campers to the most remote of locations. That makes it the wagon winner.