Once upon a time in America, station wagons were the most popular vehicles on the road for big families. The shift away from wagons began with the rise of the minivan in the mid-'80s and accelerated with the onslaught of SUVs and crossovers. With American manufacturers shunning station wagons in recent years, imports have kept the flame alive.
When the Buick Roadmaster ended its run in 1996, it was thought by many to be the last great traditional station wagon. With optional woodgrain flanks, rear-wheel drive and an LT1 V8 under the hood, the Roadmaster was a bodacious all-American apple pie hauler. While Buick has a new station wagon on the way for 2018, its roots can be found in Europe, not the USA. Our list of the best station wagons for the money runs the gamut from highly affordable through marvelously luxurious.