When station wagons first appeared they were meant to be purely practical ways of getting from one place to another. Most of the time, they were derivatives of a sedan, which meant buyers kept the same dimensions but had a lot more space to carry things around. You could also carry more people around too; back in the day you could throw your kids in the back and not get a second glance from Mr. Officer. Or if you wanted to do things correctly, you could get third row seats. This meant that they became extremely popular with families, and this is where the problem lies. Anything that’s meant to be a practical family hauler ends up being quite an unexciting car. They’re seen as personal shuttle buses for screaming, crying, pooping kids.