Though the humble station wagon is losing its charm thanks to the overtaking of the world by compact SUVs, there are still a handful of companies holding out and making them. However, with the majority of those companies being luxury brands like BMW, Audi, and Volvo, they’re not exactly the most affordable and attainable new cars for everyone to buy. Worry not, station wagon fans. Here are five awesome station wagons you can buy on the used market for less than $15,000.
Audi A6 Avant
For those who aren’t in the know, “Avant” is Audi speak for wagon. The Audi A6 is the legendary German automaker’s middle-of-the-road platform. Typically, you’ll find them in sedan form. However, the RS6 Avant keeps the tradition of A6-platform wagons alive to this very day.
According to U.S. News, with a budget of $15,000, used car shoppers can net themselves a 2010 Audi A6 Avant. This provides a plentiful kick with 300 horsepower supercharged V6 and all-wheel drive as standard. Plus, you get all the luxurious interior features of an Audi!
Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon
Obviously, the legendary CTS-V wagon is out of range with this budget. However, the V’s less powerful but still charming brothers are well within the range of the $15,000 budget.
A 2010 CTS Sport Wagon can be found for $10,000 or less. It features standard rear-wheel drive with all-wheel drive available as an option and between 270 and 304 horsepower. Additionally, it gets up to 27 mpg highway and provides that smooth Cadillac ride quality.
The Subaru Outback is pretty much a requirement for any sort of “best station wagon” list. It’s an icon not only of wagon culture but also of outdoor culture. That is, except for the new ones, which are just crossovers
With a budget of $15,000, one can find a Subaru Outback as new as 2012 in good shape. Though it doesn’t provide the same power as the Audi, the Outback also comes with a standard all-wheel drive. Additionally, its extra ground clearance makes it the clear choice for outdoor adventure.
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
The Jetta Sportwagen is an awesome blend of fancy interior components and affordability. Plus, the Jetta Sportwagen offers something that many on this list don’t; a manual transmission. Clearly, this makes it the driving enthusiast choice.
Additionally, the Jetta Sportwagen is available with the TDI engine that is capable of over 40 miles per gallon highway.
Acura TSX Sport Wagon
The Acura TSX Sport Wagon combines a whole lot of great things into one.
For one, the powerplant is the legendary Honda K-Series engine, which is known for its virtually unkillable reliability. Additionally, it features luxurious interior components and rolls all that goodness into wagon format, meaning you’ve got all the room you could possibly need.
Best yet is that shoppers can find them for well under $15,000, and they get about 30 miles per gallon on the highway!
Which of these wonderful wagons will you choose?
No matter what wagon you pick from this list, you’re sure to pick a winner.
The station wagon lifestyle is a great one that offers virtually unlimited cargo space without sacrificing things like ease of parking and driving.
How could it get any better?