Consumer Reports Says These 2 Subcompact Cars Are Its Only Recommended ‘Wagons’

When it comes to wagons, Consumer Reports says there aren’t many new options on the market right now. Wagons have had a sharp decline from their heights in the 70s, and few are made nowadays. However, there are still two good “wagons” from the 2022 model year, but the only issue is that they’re subcompact cars.  

There are wagons on the market right now

A white Nissan Kicks parked indoors.
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While the wagon segment is clearly a dying segment in America, there are still a handful of wagons on the market. According to Consumer Reports, there are four authentic wagons in the 2022 model year: the Audi Allroad, the VW Golf R, the Volvo V60, and the Volvo V90. Unfortunately, it’s not entirely clear how good these cars are.

That’s because Consumer Reports has yet to do any testing on them. However, based on past model years, there’s a good chance that these wagons are actually good. For example, the Allroad is a pretty stylish wagon, evidenced by its 2021 model year. In any case, until Consumer Reports reviews these four wagons, there are only two recommended wagons right now. 

The two wagons that Consumer Reports recommends

These two wagons Consumer Reports recommends are the Nissan Kicks and the Hyundai Venue. The Venue is considered a subcompact car, and the Kicks is deemed a compact car. Nevertheless, both are categorized as wagons and did pretty well. In fact, these wagons have very similar scores from Consumer Reports.

Both models have an overall score of 61 out of 100 and a predicted reliability rating of 3 out of 5 with a predicted owner satisfaction rating of 2 out of 5. The slight difference between the two came from their road test scores. The Kicks got a 64 out of 100 on its road test, while the Venue got a 61 out of 100. 

Even their powertrains are similar, with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder and a CVT. The Kicks gets 122 hp from its engine, while the Venue gets 121 hp. As a result, their fuel economies were also similar. The Kicks gets 24 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on highways for 32 mpg combined, while the Venue receives 23 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on highways for 32 mpg combined.

Which is the better pick

The model’s main differences came from how they drove and felt while in the car. Despite having a similar engine and fuel economy, the Venue accelerates faster than the Kicks. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 8.9 seconds, which is much quicker than the Kicks’ 10.5 seconds. 

According to Consumer Reports, the Venue’s braking, handling, and transmission performed better than the Kicks. However, the Venue was worse regarding its comfort and convenience qualities. In this category, the Hyundai mostly got 2 out of 5s. On the other hand, this category was where Nissan excelled. 

The Kicks got 3 out of 5s and a few 4 out of 5s in this category. A significant difference between the two came from their rear-seat comfort levels. The Kicks got a 4 out of 5, while the Venue only got a 2 out of 5. It’s clear that, while the Venue may be a bit funner to drive in, the Kicks provides a much better experience for everyone in the car.

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