If you’re interested in buying a station wagon, you’ve probably realized that there aren’t many choices remaining. That’s because the number of offerings on the U.S. market has been dwindling as the body style falls out of fashion in favor of SUVs and minivans. But while die-hard wagon enthusiasts may not be able to easily find a new model that fits their needs, there are still a lot of great used wagons on the market. Here are seven of our favorites.
Acura TSX Sport Wagon
The Acura TSX Sport Wagon was offered from 2011 to 2014. Available in front-wheel drive and solely offered with an automatic transmission and a slow-but-steady 201-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, the TSX Sport Wagon was hardly the enthusiast’s choice. But it did offer reasonable pricing, excellent dependability and a surprisingly large cargo area — one that could be accessed through a handy power lift gate.
The TSX Sport Wagon also offered an impressive 22 miles per gallon in the city and 30 mpg on the highway — and it’s surprisingly easy to find, with more than 100 used examples listed on Autotrader with an average asking price of just over $20,000.
Audi A4 Avant
After many years on the market, the A4 Avant was canceled after the 2012 model year in favor of a rebooted version of Audi’s wagon-with-SUV-styling allroad. But the A4 Avant offered a subtler look while retaining the items that make the allroad so appealing — like its standard all-wheel drive and practical station wagon body style.
If you’re interested in an A4 Avant, we suggest checking out the model’s most recent body style, which was sold from 2009 to 2012. And while you can’t get the A4 Avant with a V6, we suspect you’ll find the 211-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder surprisingly potent. The 2009-2012 A4 Avant is also easy to find, with around 150 examples currently listed on Autotrader with an average asking price of around $18,000.
BMW 5 Series Touring
The BMW 5 Series was offered as a station wagon in the U.S. through the 2011 model year, at which point it was supplanted by the boldly styled but less practical 5 Series GT. That’s a shame, because the final-generation 5 Series wagon (called the 5 Series Touring by BMW) offered everything practicality-minded enthusiasts might want — including a 300-hp turbocharged 6-cylinder engine, rear- or all-wheel drive and even a manual transmission. Cargo space was generous, too.
And while the final-generation 5 Series Touring (sold from 2006 to 2011) is certainly aging, it’s not impossible to come by: There are currently more than 130 examples listed on Autotrader with an average asking price of $13,400.
Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon
Although the Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon isn’t as practical as some of the other models on our list, it’s among the most exciting to drive — especially if you opt for the high-performance V version, which came with a 556-hp supercharged V8. But even if you don’t end up with a CTS-V Wagon, the standard CTS Sport Wagon boasts additional cargo capacity beyond the sedan model, an available 3.6-liter V6 with a potent 316 hp and available all-wheel drive.
Sold from 2010 to 2014, the CTS Sport Wagon should also be an easy find for shoppers looking for used wagons: There are around 100 currently listed on Autotrader with an average price of $33,200. Factoring out the pricey CTS-V Wagon leaves 65 listings with an average price of $23,300.
The Dodge Magnum is the oldest model on our list, but it’s also arguably the most exciting. A full-size, rear-wheel-drive wagon version of the popular Dodge Charger, the Magnum was offered with frugal V6s or a choice of V8s, one of which pumped out 425 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. The Magnum also offered available all-wheel drive and a huge cargo area, owing to its full-size footprint.
Unfortunately, the Magnum is getting hard to find as it ages, as it was only made from 2005 to 2008. There are currently an impressive 475 examples listed on Autotrader with an average price of $8,000 — a figure that includes about 15 of the 425-hp "SRT-8" versions, which are available for an average price of just under $17,000.
Hyundai Elantra Touring
The first-generation version of the Hyundai Elantra Touring is one of the few small wagons to reach the U.S. market in recent years. Offered from 2009 to 2012, the Elantra Touring touts a true wagon shape (with accompanying large cargo area), along with a 138-hp 4-cylinder that returns a frugal 23 mpg city/31 mpg hwy.
Two models were offered: a base-level GLS — which came well-equipped with side-curtain airbags, a 6-speaker stereo and even a USB interface for music — and an upscale SE, which touted leather upholstery with heated seats. If you’re interested, there are currently nearly 400 different Elantra Touring models listed on Autotrader with an average asking price of just over $10,000.
Although the Volkswagen Passat remains a popular midsize sedan, it’s no longer a midsize sedan with an available wagon variant. That’s because Volkswagen stopped offering the Passat Wagon following the 2010 model year, ahead of the launch of the all-new Passat in 2012.
We miss the Passat wagon — and especially the last-generation model, sold from 2006 to 2010 — because it offered everything most shoppers want: a large cargo area, 4- or 6-cylinder engines and optional all-wheel drive. It’s also easy to find, as there are currently more than 160 examples listed on Autotrader with an average price of $7,600. Of those 160, about 15 percent include all-wheel drive.