According to the American Heritage dictionary, a station wagon is an automobile with one or more rows of folding or removable seats behind the driver and an area behind the seats into which suitcases, parcels, etc., can be loaded through a tailgate.
While the description is correct, to millions of Americans of a certain age, a station wagon is the car they grew up with, what their parents drove them to school in, what they went out on their first date in, and maybe even where they first became intimately acquainted with…well…you know.
Ironically, with all of those seemingly good memories behind it, the station wagon also came to represent all that was wrong with their parents. By the late 1980’s, when those people starting buying cars in earnest, the station wagon fell out of favor and their kids grew up with minivans and SUVs.
Whether favored or not, there is no escaping the fact that station wagons bring to the fore a driving experience minivans and SUVs cannot match.
What follows is our list of the ten most affordable station wagons for 2012.