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8 Best Used Wagons Under $15,000

Looking for a fuel-efficient SUV? Shopping for a sedan but wanting more practicality? Consider a station wagon. Wagons offer the best of two different worlds. They have the practicality of an SUV and the comfortable ride and efficiency of a sedan. Additionally, wagons tend to be pretty rare, so buying one means you’re unlikely to own the same car as your neighbor. Here are seven of our favorite used wagons under $15,000 for 2020. All of the vehicles on this list are about six years old.

2015 Subaru Outback

2015 Subaru Outback

If we started this list with any vehicle other than the Outback, our credibility would probably come into question. On sale now since the early 1990s, the Outback is essentially a wagon version of the Legacy sedan but adds to the equation an increased ride height and extra body cladding for a more rugged demeanor. Given this, the Outback is especially appealing to buyers interested in an SUV but wanting to hold onto some of the characteristics you tend to get with a sedan, namely a fuel-efficient powertrain and a low center of gravity. The Outback has a surprisingly large rear cargo area, larger than that of most compact SUVs, and comes standard with a clever roof rail design that hides crossbars that can be deployed when needed and stowed when not in use. For around $15,000, buyers can look to a newer 2015 to 2017 model from the Outback’s fifth-generation bodystyle or a previous-gen 2010 or 2014 model. Right now on Autotrader, there are hundreds of modern used Outbacks to choose from for around $15,000 or less. Find a Subaru Outback for sale

2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen

2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen

The Sportwagen is an elongated version of the popular Volkswagen Golf hatchback. It offers good driving dynamics, an upscale interior and, like a lot of the vehicles on this list, a simple, understated design. As the Golf competes in the compact segment, the Sportwagen sold from 2015 through 2018 offers one engine choice: a 1.8-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that put out 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, plenty for a vehicle of this size. All-wheel drive was optional, but you’ll have a tough time finding a sub-$15,000 Sportwagen that offers it. Right now on Autotrader, there are around 250 2015-or-newer Volkswagen Golf Sportwagens listed for under $15,000. Find a Volkswagen Golf for sale

2015 Honda Crosstour

2015 Honda Crosstour

The Crosstour blended elements of a sedan, wagon, hatchback and SUV. It was based on the Accord, one of the top-selling sedans on the market every year for the last three decades. Its elongated roof was a mix of wagon and hatchback dimensions. Either way, it offered great practicality, and its raised ride height and optional AWD system meant it appealed to SUV buyers in the same way as the Subaru Outback. While a basic 4-cylinder engine came standard, a V6 was optional and put out a respectable 271 hp. Sold from 2010 through 2015, there are currently around 350 Honda Crosstours listed for sale on Autotrader for $15k or less, many of which come with AWD and the V6. Keep in mind that the Crosstour was actually marketed as the Accord Crosstour for 2010 and 2011. Find a Honda Crosstour for sale

2015 Toyota Venza

2015 Toyota Venza

A competitor to the Honda Crosstour, the Venza shared its platform with the Toyota Camry, but in reality, it was a restyled and de-contented version of the popular Lexus RX crossover. Call it whatever you want, but with standard front-wheel drive (AWD was optional), a low ride height and a long and low greenhouse, the Venza can be categorized as a wagon, especially during this era where wagons are becoming less and less common. Like the Crosstour, the Venza came standard with a 4-cylinder engine, but a V6 was optional, as was AWD. The Venza was sold from 2009 to 2015, and like any Toyota product, expect a used Venza to offer good build quality and long-term reliability. Right now on Autotrader, there are over 600 Venzas listed for around $15k or less, about a third of which come with the V6 and AWD. Find a Toyota Venza for sale

2015 Volvo V60

2015 Volvo V60 & V60 Cross Country

Volvo is one of the automakers most commonly associated with station wagons here in the US. Recently, the company’s most popular wagon offering has been the V60, which is a long-roof version of the S60 compact sedan. The V60 packs a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, making a respectable 240 hp. That engine comes paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the front wheels in the V60 or to all four in the V60’s rugged twin, the V60 Cross Country. No matter which model you choose, a V60 wagon will offer all of the luxury touches and minimalist Scandinavian design you’ve come to expect from Volvo products. Given that it’s still pretty new, it’s tough to find a 2015-or-newer V60 for sale on Autotrader for under $15k, though there are around 40 currently listed that would fit the bill. Find a Volvo V60 for sale

2015 Toyota Prius V

2015 Toyota Prius V

The Toyota Prius V was born out of an era when Toyota was exploring extending the Prius brand into a family of vehicles. In addition to the enlarged Prius V, there was also the Prius C, a subcompact city runabout. The Prius V was all about space, though, and while its rather bulbous proportions don’t fit the traditional wagon profile, it still offers an impressive 34 cu ft. of cargo space behind the second row and a whopping 67 cu ft. with the second row folded. As far as used wagons under $15,000 go, the Prius V is easily the most efficient vehicle on our list. Fuel economy is exceptional, coming in at 41 miles per gallon in combined driving, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The Prius V was sold from the 2012 through 2017 model years. Right now on Autotrader, there are close to 400 Prius Vs listed for sale for around $15k or less. Some of these are retired taxi cabs, though, which we’d recommend avoiding, given the punishment cabs endure while in service. Find a Toyota Prius V for sale

2014 Acura TSX Sport Wagon

2014 Acura TSX Sport Wagon

Sold from just the 2011 through 2014 model years, the TSX Sport Wagon was a long-roof version of the highly-praised Acura TSX. A compact sport sedan, the TSX offered a smart, conservative design, good reliability and great driving dynamics, and the TSX Sport Wagon added station wagon practicality into the mix. Power came from a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder making 201 hp and paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission. The TSX Sport Wagon was a great overall package, but the stigma commonly attached to wagons means it wasn’t much of a sale success. There aren’t a lot of TSX Sport Wagons to choose from on Autotrader, with fewer than 50 listed for $15k or less. Find a Acura TSX for sale

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Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill is an author specializing in competitive analysis, consumer recommendations, and adventure-driven enthusiast content. A lifelong car enthusiast, he worked in the auto industry for a bit, helping Germans design cars for Americans, and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He runs an Instagram account, @MountainWestCarSpotter, which in his own words is "actually pretty good", and has a YouTube Channel that experts say "has potential". In his free time, he likes to hike, climb, mountain bike, snowboard, and canvas the Mountain West in his Toyota Land Cruiser. Writing bios in the third person makes him uncomfortable, but he thinks this one has turned out well.

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