According to the EPA, there are a lot more wagons out there than you think.
Consumers tend to have their own opinions about which cars compete within a certain size class, but they don't always line up with official ratings. As evidenced by recent confusion within Subaru's lineup, there are many models that people consider station wagons but are actually classified as SUVs. Only the Impreza, which Subaru officially labels as a five-door, is classified as a wagon by the US Environmental Protection Agency. This got us thinking about whether the inverse was true. Are there models out there that the EPA considers station wagons but that most people think of as SUVs? As it turns out, there are plenty.
The EPA has two categories for wagons - midsize wagons and small wagons. The midsize category is filled with the usual suspects like the Jaguar FX Sportbrake, Mercedes-Benz E450 wagon, Mercedes-AMG E63 wagon, Volvo V90, and Volvo V90 CrossCountry. There are also several SUV models listed in the midsize wagon segment that took us by surprise. These include the Mercedes-AMG GLA45, Nissan Murano, and Rolls-Royce Cullinan.
The GLA45 almost makes sense because, in its AMG form, it's much lower to the ground than the regular GLA. But we have no idea why the Murano is listed as a wagon, and the Cullinan's wagon classification was equally as shocking. The Cullinan is the first ever SUV from Rolls-Royce, so we are surprised to see it listed as a station wagon by the EPA. Does the fact that the Cullinan is actually a wagon somehow make it cooler than SUVs like the Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus? We'd have to say, yes.
Like the midsize wagon category, the small wagon segment also has many obvious inclusions like the Audi A4 Allroad, BMW 3 Series sport wagon, Buick Regal TourX, Subaru Impreza, Volkswagen Golf SportWagen, Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, Volvo V60, and Volvo V60 CrossCountry. But it too had some odd vehicles on the list that we wouldn't have considered wagons, including the Chevy Bolt, Chevy Sonic, Fiat 500L, Honda Fit, Honda HR-V, Kia Soul, Kia Soul EV, Kia Niro, and Nissan Rogue Sport. We aren't sure if the EPA's classifications will be enough to change consumer perception, but it is still an interesting fact to see which cars are "technically" considered wagons.