Station wagons are a favorite of car enthusiasts. They handle, accelerate and brake like sedan, yet have the cargo space of crossovers — effectively offering the best of both worlds. Average American buyers, however, have soured on wagons, perhaps spurred on in part by outdated Griswoldian memories of unpleasant childhood road trips and uncool parents driving supertanker-sized two-boxes.
As a result, many longtime wagon manufacturers are dumping them for the American market entirely. The few wagons that remain are often expensive niche vehicles, ones packing near-supercar performance and prices to match
Thankfully, there’s still a robust trade in used station wagons. Here are 10 fun ones we found currently on sale for less than $10,000. For that money, it turns out, you can get a stately family car, a performance car…or even a weird Toyota.
(Note: all vehicles and prices were valid as of this article’s original publication on 5/15/2020; however, as these are used cars, listings are subject to change or disappear altogether.)
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sportwagen – $9,900
VW diesels are still prized commodities. This 2011 Jetta Sportwagen has a ton of torque, earns 30-plus mpg combined, and has just under 70,000 miles.
2007 Mercedes-Benz E 350 Wagon – $9,770
Here’s a great-looking Mercedes-Benz wagon that’s only had one owner and spent its whole life in warm weather. It has fewer than 80,000 miles, as well as all-wheel-drive.
2001 Volvo V70 T5 – $6,995
This list would not be complete without a Brooklyn-spec Volvo wagon. Here’s a one-owner 2001 V70 with a little over 50,000 miles.
2008 Dodge Magnum RT – $6,950
The Dodge Magnum was a crazy marriage of 2000s-era Chrysler excess and Mercedes-Benz technology. The R/T version has a 5.7-liter V8 and both a chassis and five-speed automatic transmission made with heavy German input.
2006 Subaru Impreza WRX – $9,500
Of course we needed a Subie on this list. Here’s a 2006 WRX wagon with a five-speed manual. It looks pretty clean, in spite of having a little over 100,000 miles.
1989 Toyota Corolla All-Trac Wagon – $4,995
Yes, this car needs a little TLC. But how cool would it be to roll up at a Radwood festival with a manual transmission, all-wheel-drive, vintage Toyota wagon?