SUV Alternatives: These Are All of the Station Wagons You Can Buy New Right Now
Once upon a time, if you wanted a car with extra space and room for the whole family, you had two options; a school bus or a station wagon. Before SUVs and Crossovers came to dominate the roadways, the station wagon was the best answer for moving lots of people and their stuff.
Today, station wagon sales in the U.S. are a fraction of SUV and Crossover sales. Most manufacturers have reduced their offering to just a few models. Car enthusiasts love to lament the “death of the station wagon,” but the truth is they are not dead. In 2022, there are 10 wagons currently on sale, with an additional two, the BMW M3 Touring and Volvo V60 Polestar, coming later in the year.
Here is a rundown of all the station wagons you can buy right now.
2022 Audi A4 Allroad
Audi’s A4 line used to contain the Avant. A long-roof version of the sedan, but now in 2022, the only station wagon variant of Audi’s A4 is the Allroad.
Think of it as the A6 Allroad’s little brother. The A4 Allroad gets the off-road treatment with body cladding and a raised ride height. A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine puts out a respectable 261 horsepower and pairs with Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system.
It may not be a rock-crawler, but the A4 Allroad is a great, small wagon option if you plan on getting off the pavement. Pricing starts at $45,500.
2022 Audi A6 Allroad
If the A4 Allroad is too small for you, Audi has the solution in the form of the A6 Allroad. The same recipe applies, off-road body armor, raised ride height, and Quattro all-wheel drive. Where the A4 has to make do with a four-cylinder engine, the A6 brings a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 with 335 horsepower to the table.
Like the smaller A4 Allroad, this isn’t a hard-core off-road beast. It is a softroader. The A6 Allroad is a luxury car with more space than a sedan and just enough off-road chops to get you off the beaten path. The base Premium Plus model starts at $66,900.
2022 Audi RS6 Avant
Audi’s formidable RS6 Avant may share the same chassis as the A6 All-Road, but its purpose is completely different. The All-Road may be at home on a gravel road, but the RS6 lives to be at the race track.
Powered by a 591 horsepower 4.0-liter turbocharged V8, the RS6 will sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds and keep on going until it hits the limiter at 190 mph.
The Quattro all-wheel drive is tuned similarly to the system in the R8 supercar, and thanks to trick electronic differentials, adaptive suspension, and massive brakes, the RS6 will turn every school run with the kids into a track day. All of this speed and power doesn’t come cheap, and prices start at $116,500 before you start adding options, like carbon-ceramic brakes.
2022 Mercedes-Benz E450 4MATIC All-Terrain Station Wagon
The mighty Mercedes-Benz E63 S Wagon is on hiatus this year, and that leaves just one wagon offering from the German manufacturer for the U.S. For 2022, Mercedes’ long roof option is the E450 4MATIC All-Terrain.
Very much like the Audi A6 All-Road, the E450 All-Terrain is a luxury car with off-road pretensions. A raised ride height and some body cladding help when the pavement runs out, but this car is really about cavernous space and world-class luxury.
Pricing starts at $68,400 and goes up from there with options and packages.
2022 MINI Cooper Clubman
It’s easy to forget that MINI makes a station wagon. Small, fun hatchbacks spring to mind when you think of the British brand. But among the model range lives the MINI Cooper Clubman, an extended, four-door compact station wagon.
There are three models to choose from, starting with the Cooper S, the Cooper S ALL4, and the top-of-the-line John Cooper Works (JCW) ALL4. The ALL4 moniker denotes all-wheel drive. For those seeking the sportiest option, the JCW ALL4 is the one to buy. A 301 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine provides enough motivation to get the small wagon from a standstill to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds. That’s faster than a Honda Civic Type R.
Prices start at $29,900 for the Cooper S, $32,900 for the Cooper S ALL4, and $39,500 for the JCW ALL4.
2022 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Station Wagon
Porsche’s super-saloon, the Panamera, is available in station wagon form and dubbed the Sport Turismo. The trim levels are a bit daunting, as there are more flavors than at a Baskin-Robbins. In total, Porsche offers seven different versions of the Sport Turismo. Starting with the base Panamera 4 Sport Turismo and ending with the tongue-twisting Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo.
The real question isn’t which trim level to choose, but rather how fast do you want your Porsche wagon to go. The significant differences between trim levels are the horsepower and ferocity of acceleration.
Porsche’s vehicle configuration site has all the details, but if you’re interested in the craziest version, the Turbo S E-Hybrid is the one for you. A 0-60 MPH time of 3.0 seconds flat, 196 mph top speed, and a $193,800 starting price.
2022 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Station Wagon
The EV Taycan is Porsche’s Tesla fighter and competes against the Model S and Audi’s E-Tron GT. Like the Panamera, the Taycan is available in station wagon form and called the Cross Turismo.
Five trim levels are available, from the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo to the Turbo S Cross Turismo. None of the models are slow, but the top-of-the-line Turbo S will get you up to 60 mph from sitting still in 2.7 seconds. The Tesla Model S may be faster and have a better range, but the Porsche can perform that trick all day long.
Prices start at $93,700 for the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo and $187,600 for the Turbo S model.
2022 Subaru Outback Station Wagon
The Outback is Subaru’s last available station wagon and even calling it a wagon is debatable. Subaru has steadily evolved the Outback from a station wagon with a bit more ground clearance to a borderline Crossover/SUV. The Wilderness version of the car blurs the lines between wagon and SUV even further. While Subaru may now be calling the Outback an SUV, we think it’s still a station wagon.
Regardless of how you label the Outback, it is still a great car. Car and Driver named it “Best Station Wagon” in 2021, and it is safe, capable, good-looking, and has a ton of space. The personable flat-four cylinder engine powers all trim levels and can be had with either 182 horsepower or 260 horsepower.
The base Outback starts at $26,945 and goes up from there, depending on trim and options.
2022 Volvo V60 Cross Country
Volvo and station wagon go together like peanut butter and jelly. But in 2022, Volvo is responding to market trends and ditching most of the wagon offerings in favor of SUVs, Crossovers, and EVs. But all is not lost as Volvo still has a couple of wagons left. The V60 Cross Country is the baby brother to the V90 full-size car. Stylish, very safe, full of luxury, and powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with 250 horsepower, the V60 Cross Country blends luxury with increased ground clearance to tackle just about anything you can throw at it.
Prices start at $46,200 and go up from there with options.
Volvo V90 Cross Country
Volvo’s big estate car, the V90, is sticking around for another year, but only in the Cross Country trim. That’s not a bad thing. The big V90 is supremely capable, good to drive, and packed with Swedish style and luxury.
A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine may not seem like enough in a car as big as the V90 Cross Country, but it produces a healthy 308 horsepower. That is stout enough to give the wagon a 3,500-pound towing capacity.
Pricing starts at $56,200 and will go up from there with a few choice options.
The station wagon is definitely not dead in the U.S. While the trend is to make them more off-road capable and SUV-like, they still hit the sweet spot for some buyers who want the carrying capacity of an SUV with the driving experience of a car. With the arrival, later this year, of the BMW M3 Touring and the refreshed Volvo V60 Polestar, there is plenty to get excited about if you are a fan of long-roofed cars.