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Best Used Wagons Under $20,000


Long-roofs, wagons, estates — we know them by many names. Whatever you call these icons of the balance between practicality, efficiency, and fun — and whatever their manufacturers call them — they are generally carlike and often based on sedans, but with an extended roof and enlarged cargo area. They are, in other words, the cars everyone needs but few choose. For those who love the wagons, however, here is a selection of the best used wagons under $20,000.

1. 2014 Acura TSX Sport Wagon

2014 Acura TSX Sport Wagon

The 2014 Acura TSX Sport Wagon was only available for a short 3-year span in the U.S. Even though it offered smart looks, excellent long-roof cargo handling abilities, and a frugal if somewhat sleepy 4-cylinder, 5-speed automatic drivetrain, it didn’t prove popular. That means it’s a relative rarity now, which might be a positive for some — or it may simply mean it’s hard to find one. See 2014 Acura TSX Wagons for sale

2. 2015 Audi A4 Allroad

2015 Audi A4 Allroad

A wagon in all but name, the 2015 Audi A4 Allroad wears the rough-and-tough styling of a sleek crossover but still retains carlike dynamics despite the slightly raised suspension. The extra ground clearance helps in snow and on dirt roads, as does quattro all-wheel drive. See 2015 Audi A4 Allroad models for sale

3. 2015 BMW 3 Series Wagon

2015 BMW 3 Series Wagon

Luxurious, sporty, and practical all in one, the 2015 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon promises all of the corner-carving fun of a 3 Series sedan with the extra cargo space (and long-roof looks) of a wagon. A fun and punchy base turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is standard, a potent turbocharged inline 6-cylinder upgrade engine is available, and there’s a 4-cylinder diesel for those seeking maximum range and fuel mileage. See 2015 BMW 3 Series wagons for sale

4. 2018 Subaru Outback

2018 Subaru Outback

The 2018 Subaru Outback is a long-running favorite of wagon aficionados, especially those with a taste for adventure or life in harsh climates. Outstanding safety ratings, lots of standard equipment, and because it’s slightly more affordable, it’s one of the newer wagons on this list. See 2018 Subaru Outback models for sale

5. 2016 Toyota Prius V

2016 Toyota Prius V

The Toyota Prius V is a somewhat awkwardly named wagon but brilliantly practical nonetheless. With about 50 percent more cargo room than a standard Prius but with almost all of the efficiency — 41 mpg combined, the Prius V wagon is perhaps the most sensible car on the road, let alone on this list. See 2016 Toyota Prius V models for sale

6. 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, though perhaps not as rare as the TSX Sport Wagon, is a hard car to find for sale these days. It seems owners are hanging on to them. While you’re looking, keep an eye out for the rare 6-speed manual transmission-equipped examples if that’s your thing. It’s not hard to understand why a higher-riding, tougher-looking Golf Sportwagen would be appealing. See 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack models for sale

7. 2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen

2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen

Then again, it’s not hard to understand why a 2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen itself would be appealing, either. A torquey 1.8-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, manual or automatic transmissions, and available all-wheel drive are the key powertrain choices. As one of the newer models, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto were also on the options sheet. See 2018  Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen models for sale

8. 2016 Volvo V60 and V60 Cross Country

2016 V60 Cross Country

As much as Volvo has built a brand reputation for safety, it certainly hasn’t left it at safety alone; the 2016 Volvo V60 and its slightly ruggedized V60 Cross Country twin are evidence of Volvo’s knack for design, inside and out. See 2016 Volvo V60 models for sale

Best Used Wagons Under $20,000

  1. 2014 Acura TSX Sport Wagon
  2. 2015 Audi A4 Allroad
  3. 2015 BMW 3 Series Wagon
  4. 2018 Subaru Outback
  5. 2016 Toyota Prius V
  6. 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
  7. 2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen
  8. 2016 Volvo V60 & V60 Cross Country

Jason Fogelson
Jason Fogelson
Jason Fogelson is a freelance automotive journalist and editor. He has covered cars, trucks, SUVs and motorcycles for a variety of print, web and broadcast mediaHis first book, “100 Things for Every Gearhead to Do Before They Die,” came out in 2015. He also writes music, theater and film criticism, in addition to the occasional screenplay. Jason lives near Detroit, Michigan, with his wife,... Read More about Jason Fogelson

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