The 90s was a decade full of fun and whimsy. There was grunge and gangsta rap. Cell phones made their big debut not long after the Kargil war ended in 1999. There were also a lot of fantastic cars. One of the most popular automobiles that came out during this time was the station wagon. For decades, America's station wagon has been the choice for millions of families looking for a stylish family car with a little more space than the average minivan. The 90s brought some of the best station wagons to date. Here is a list of what we think make the ten best wagons from back in the day.
10. 1999 Mercedes-Benz E320 Wagon
The Mercedes Benz E320 wagon came out in the late 90s. This wagon was one of the most luxurious station wagons available. You can tell from its price tag. This car featured front ventilated disc brakes, dynamic stability control, and a remote trunk opener. Inside the Benz E320, you get some of the most impressive interior spaces in the class. The cargo area is vast and can easily fit a bike or two. The Mercedes Benz E320 came with a V6 engine, replacing the straight 6-configurations used in previous wagons. This engine produces 231 horsepower and more torque than many other engines in its class.
9. 1993 Volvo 940 Turbo Wagon
The Volvo 940 Turbo wagon was one of the fastest wagons sold during the 90s. It featured a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine capable of producing a peak power of 163 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. This station wagon was among the better sporty-looking wagons released in the 90s, and it certainly could keep up with some of the more modern European sports cars available today. It is fast and handles the terrains well for a wag that size. This set of wheels can go from 0-60 in less than 9 seconds with a top speed of 130 MPH.
8. 1999 Subaru Impreza Wagon
The Subaru Impreza is among the most popular wagons of the 90s, and it still holds its position to date. This car was very versatile and offered many high-class features, making it an excellent choice for families. The Impreza had a four-cylinder engine producing 142 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. This engine came with an all-wheel-drive system, one of the best in its class. It made this wagon one of the best automatics to drive and, naturally, one of the best reasons for owning a Subaru.
7. 1999 Mazda MPV Wagon
The Mazda MPV is a very unique-looking station wagon. The MPV was one of the more spacious wagons of the 90s, and it still holds up today. It has a 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 133 horsepower and 169 pound-feet of torque, making for some serious power. Its Space-Frame Chassis adds strength, rigidity, and durability to the vehicle allowing it to be driven easily in any weather condition. The MPV was one of the less expensive wagons released during the 90s, but it could hold against some of the more expensive European sport sedans.
6. 1991 Mercury Colony Park Wagon
The Colony Park wagon came from the factory with a high-class trim package. It included a leather sport steering wheel, Bose stereo, and power windows. The Colony Park wagon also featured a fuel-efficient engine that was more powerful on this list. The 5 liter V8 produced 150 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. This engine came together with a 4-speed automatic transmission that had very little trouble keeping up in traffic and bottomed out at high speeds. The Colony Park wagon easily outperformed most other wagons in its class.
5. 1999 Ford Taurus Wagon
The Taurus was the first wagon Ford made. Its production began in 1993. This station wagon was a popular choice for families looking for an all-around family car. The Taurus had a 3.0-liter V6 engine with 145 horsepower and 175 pound-feet torque. While the engine wasn't as powerful as other wagons on this list, it still provided more than enough power to keep up with most other cars in its class at all times. Although the mid-sized sedan had an odd look, it was still a high-quality sedan with all the standard features you'd want in a car.
4. 1995 Chevrolet Caprice Wagon
The Chevrolet Caprice wagon was one of the most capable wagons in its time. The car had a powerful V8 engine that produced 260 horsepower and an impressive 330 pound-feet of torque. This powerful engine came together with a 4-speed automatic transmission that had no trouble keeping up with traffic and could hold its own when the road got bumpier. The caprice wagon was one of the most luxurious wagons of the 90s and offered plenty of room for your family.
3. 1999 Maruti Suzuki Wagon R
It's small but roomy inside. This station wagon comes with a 1.2-liter engine that produces 52 horsepower and 90 pound-feet of torque. This engine was powerful enough to keep up with most other wagons on the list and provided plenty of power to get this little station wagon moving along. It features a three-speed manual transmission that also did well in traffic. This wagon was also among the stylish cars to hit the market in the 90s.
2. 1992 Mercedes Benz G Wagon
The G-class station wagon was one of the best wagons to hit the market in the 90s. It featured a high-class interior that gave the station wagon a luxurious feel. It also had a powerful V8 engine that produced 185 horsepower and 173 pound-feet of torque. This engine came together with a 4-speed automatic transmission that performed well in traffic and quickly got this wagon up to speed. With the G wagon, Mercedes Benz outdid themselves in making a high-quality vehicle capable of competing with most other wagons released during the same time, the 90s.
1. 1999 Subaru Legacy Outback Wagon
The Subaru Outback wagon shouldered above other wagons released in the 90s. This car featured a four-cylinder engine that produced 165 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, making it one of the more powerful wagons on this list. The car had enough space inside to fit five people comfortably. The Outback wagon also featured a 4-speed automatic transmission that kept up with traffic and performed well on bumpy roads. Subaru built this wagon with quality in mind, which was well demonstrated in its strong performance when put to the test.
The 90s were a time of heightened competition in the car industry. Most companies wanted to release vehicles that outmatched their competitors, so they spent more resources on research and development. The result was a line of high-quality cars that quickly stood out in the market among all other vehicles during this decade. However, the 1990s sport wagon can still hold its position against many other cars today, and these ten wagons make a strong argument for the superiority of the 90s station wagon.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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