A funny thing happened last night. My dad asked if Volvo still made station wagons when he saw one driving in the opposite direction (we were in his truck running an errand) and I informed him that I had a Volvo wagon for the night. On my way home from the office, I couldn't help thinking this Volvo is the quintessential wagon. Seats are incredibly comfortable, it'll hold lots of stuff, but it isn't enormous to drive, and it'll probably run forever.
So the steering isn't as lively as a Porsche, the body rolls more than a 3-series in turns, and the power isn't explosive. I don't think a lot of wagon buyers are demanding those things right now. If so, the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG wagon delivers all that and more. I do think wagon buyer want a bit more fuel economy than the 16/24 mpg ratings of this Volvo. If this car could manage about 30 mpg highway, it would be on the ultimate road trip cars list.
Phil Floraday, Senior Online Editor