If you’re of a certain age, station wagons may make you think of the three-row variety known for its kid- and cargo-hauling abilities, as well as towing capabilities. While there’s still a three-row wagon in the market — the Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon with the optional jump seat — today’s wagons offer two rows of seats, and some of the compact ones don’t do so well on kids and cargo duties.
I refer to this as small wagon syndrome. Many of these smaller wagons are European and not always as voluminous as expected. Smaller families can make them work, but it takes effort, more than just tossing everything into the back of an SUV, minivan or a full-size sedan without consideration. The advantage of a small wagon is it’s nimble when you’re just transporting people and a normal amount of cargo.