The Best Toyota Station Wagons

While Toyota doesn’t produce any station wagons now, they used to make some great ones, including the Prius V and the Corolla Wagon.
Written by Cameron Thiessen
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
Toyota no longer produces station wagons, likely because the market has moved away from them in favor of more capable crossover/SUV models in recent decades, but the ones they have produced have been just as good as their stablemates.
When Toyota first decided to start producing station wagons for overseas buyers, it struggled to compete with domestic wagon’s lower prices. However, Toyota has long since established itself as one of the most dominant forces in the global automotive production industry.
While the
Subaru Outback
will likely always remain the top-performing station wagon of the modern era, Toyota’s station wagon offerings from the last three decades are certainly nothing to shake a fist at.
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Does Toyota still make a station wagon?

No. While the station wagon was once a fairly common member of Toyota’s lineup, the most recent one would have been the
Prius V
, which was discontinued in 2017

What’s the difference between a station wagon and a hatchback?

This is an excellent question, especially when we’re talking about the
Toyota Prius
, traditionally a hatchback. Here’s how to properly identify a station wagon:
  • It’s long, longer than a sedan or a hatchback
  • Extended rear space for cargo or passengers, similar to that of a compact truck
  • Typically includes a D-pillar rear shape.
  • Prioritization of cargo volume via length, rather than height.
When we talk about a “D-pillar,” just imagine a regular sedan, with two windows on the side profile. D-pillar describes an additional third section, so imagine a third window added on to the ones from the sedan. If you’re imagining something that looks long like a van but lower to the ground like a sedan, you’re on the right track.
On the other hand, a hatchback will look more compact than a station wagon. A
Honda Fit
Volkswagen Golf
, or original Prius would all be considered hatchbacks.
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Toyota station wagons

Now that we’ve explored what makes station wagons unique, let’s take a look at the Toyota station wagons that have been produced over the years.

Toyota Prius V

Production years: 2012 to 2017
Price range: $20,641 to $24,629 (2017)
Cargo volume: 67.3 cubic feet
Worst year: 2016
Toyota knew exactly what they were doing with the Prius V: they took the previous-generation Prius and added on a tiny D-pillar, maximizing cargo space without committing to all the extra complications of upscaling it to a small SUV.
What you end up with is a distinctly Prius station wagon with a ton of leg room in the back seat and a sufficient amount of cargo space. Given its extended size, the Prius V took a slight hit to fuel efficiency but still sits near the top of the pile with 41 mpg overall fuel economy.
Realistically, the V isn’t as fun to drive as its more compact sibling, but you still get all the great features of the 2017 Prius models. Many 2017 models were made with fantastic active safety features including:
  • Lane-departure alert
  • Pre-collision alert
  • Emergency forward braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
Certainly consistent with Toyota’s outstanding safety reputation, a 2017 Toyota Prius V equipped with the optional front crash prevention system and five trim headlights was an
2017 Top Safety Pick+.

Toyota Camry Wagon

Production years: 1986 to 1996
Price range: $2,131 to $3,329
Cargo volume: 75 cubic feet
Worst year: 1986
The 1986
Toyota Camry
V20 series station wagon was the first Toyota station wagon released outside of Japan. Anti-lock brakes were added as an option in 1989. By 1996, the Toyota Camry Wagon could be ordered with a power-operated driver seat and continued to provide an essential Toyota take on the station wagon class. 
Unfortunately, they were also quite expensive compared to North American and European competitors, particularly because Toyota didn’t have manufacturing facilities in North America at the time. This meant that every American-purchased Camry station wagon was manufactured in Japan and shipped overseas from there.
If you manage to find and buy one in good condition 26 years after the Camry wagon’s discontinuation, you’ll have acquired yourself an extremely affordable classic piece of Japanese automotive history, one that will always do one thing particularly well: carry all of your stuff.

Toyota Corolla Wagon

Production years: 1997 to 2007
Price range: $409 to $1,079
Cargo volume: 52.3 cubic feet (2004-2007)
Worst year: 2002
While the Camry wagon would be discontinued after the 1996 model year, the
Toyota Corolla
Wagon picked up where it left off in 1997. In fact, all of the Corolla models got a nice facelift in 1997, with suspension upgrades and a redesigned exterior, grille, and taillights. It was better on gas than its predecessor—the newly-introduced wagon was expected to be a hit among families who just had a lot of gear/kids to haul around.
In 2002, the Toyota Corolla was the best-selling car in the world—not counting the Ford F-150.
During the last few years of its production, station wagons just weren’t all that cool anymore, and despite Toyota’s insistence on keeping it in the lineup, its sales just didn’t perform well enough. By 2007, the wagon version of the Corolla was discontinued, and it has yet to be revived.
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Are Toyota station wagons reliable?

The Toyota Prius V still scores a RepairPal reliability rating of 4 out of 5, ranking fourth out of 24 in the midsize cars class. Average repair costs are under $500 a year, meaning a Prius V is fairly cheap to own—not to mention all that gas you’ll be saving with the hybrid engine.
While any Toyota is going to deal with its share of engine deterioration and eventual automatic transmission issues, it’s no secret that the Corollas and Camrys of the ‘90s were very reliable vehicles—ones that have been well-maintained with fair mileage will likely continue to be fairly dependable.
The bottom line: in classic Toyota fashion, all of these three station wagons delivered exactly what was asked of them.

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While they fetch a price over $20K, Prius Vs are still sought after for a reason. They’re highly efficient, super reliable and sturdy, and they offer fantastic additional cargo space for families who just couldn’t fit all their gear into the regular hatchback Prius.
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