There was a time when station wagons were a perfectly acceptable form of transportation for families and empty nesters alike. But then Americans decided en-masse that the wagon was uncool, instead opting for gas-guzzling crossovers and sport utility vehicles. Too bad, because wagons drive more like cars and they typically have better fuel economy than SUVs. But while most automakers don't offer many wagons here in the U.S., you can still find plenty of reasonably new samples on the used car market. We scoped out 10 top used wagons under $15,000 and we have a feeling that you'll like what we've found.

Price: $13,997
Mileage: 35,145
If You Bought It New: $33,440
Engine: 3.0-liter V6, 220 hp
JD Power Dependability Rating: 3.5

Selling Points: The A4 Avant is a dream wagon. It drives like a sports sedan and yet it has plenty of room for you and your stuff. Plus, it’s all-wheel-drive system can tackle inclement weather like an SUV.

Price: $12,995
Mileage: 93,701
If You Bought It New: $31,150
Engine: 2.5-liter inline six, 184 hp
JD Power Dependability Rating: 4.5

Selling Points: A BMW wagon? They're out there, and if you're lucky enough to pick one up you'll be treated with razor-sharp handling and a peppy inline-six engine. A great JD Power Dependability Rating is just icing on the cake.

Price: $13,971
Mileage: 62,734
If You Bought It New: $30,855
Engine: 5.7-liter V8, 340 hp
JD Power Dependability Rating: 2.5

Selling Points: You won't find 340 horsepower under the hood of many station wagons, but the Magnum isn't your run-of-the-mill family hauler. It drives like a muscle car, but one that can swallow as much cargo as many compact crossovers.

Price: $13,998
Mileage: 55,063
If You Bought It New: $29,205
Engine: 3.0-liter V6, 203 hp
JD Power Dependability Rating: 3

Selling Points: The Freestyle is a bit of a tweener. It's really a big wagon, but Ford has marketed it as a crossover. Regardless, the Freestyle is mega-roomy, capable of seating seven and yet it’s still decent on gas.

Price: $13,999
Mileage: 46,304
If You Bought It New: $26,995
Engine: 3.0-liter V6, 220 hp
JD Power Dependability Rating: 2

Selling Points: The Mazda6 wagon didn't sell like gangbusters, but it sure does look nice. It drives great, too, though reliability has not been its strong point.

Price: $14,888
Mileage: 73,618
If You Bought It New: $48,650
Engine: 3.2-liter V6, 221 hp
JD Power Dependability Rating: 5

Selling Points: The E320 wagon wins high marks for its roomy and luxurious interior. What's more, we're delighted by a perfect JD Power Dependability rating.

Price: $14,988
Mileage: 50,487
If You Bought It New: $32,900
Engine: 2.8-liter V6, 250 hp
JD Power Dependability Rating: 2

Selling Points: Sure, the 9-3 wagon is a bit quirky, but it also has gobs of power and a nice interior. The big concern, however, is with reliability.

Price: $14,980
Mileage: 62,696
If You Bought It New: $21,995
Engine: 2.5-liter four-cylinder, 175 hp
JD Power Dependability Rating: 3.5

Selling Points: The Outback excels with quirky but attractive looks, terrific off-road capability and rock-solid quality. Subaru's all-wheel-drive system works all the time, too, which bodes well for used car buyers who live in areas with unpredictable weather.

Price: $14,118
Mileage: 31,726
If You Bought It New: $26,395
Engine: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 200 hp
JD Power Dependability Rating: 2

Selling Points: Volkswagen knows how to make a roomy and efficient station wagon, and the Passat certainly fits the bill. The turbo-charged 2.0-liter engine is fantastic and makes this Passat quite fun to drive.

Price: $14,991
Mileage: 65,708
If You Bought It New: $32,757
Engine: 2.5-liter five-cylinder, 208 hp
JD Power Dependability Rating: 4

Selling Points: The XC70 is big, safe and with a JD Power Dependability rating of 4 out of 5 stars it's reliable too. Add a luxurious cockpit and a rock-solid all-wheel-drive setup and you've got an excellent wagon all around.