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Did You Know That Acura Made a Wagon?

The Acura TSX was the brand’s compact sedan offering that was discontinued in 2014, but did you know that it had a wagon variant? That’s right, the luxury automaker once produced the TSX Sport Wagon, which only lasted a short period of time, but it had the style, luxurious amenities, and sportiness that you would …

2019 Volvo S60 driving through a neighborhood
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The Most Complained About Volvo Cars

Volvo is a brand that inspires feelings of trust and safety. They aren’t meant to be necessarily exciting or offer a striking design. But the Volvo car should offer quality and performance that is reliable and lasts a long time. It’s not a seldom sight to see an old Volvo sedan or wagon driving on …

A 2020 Subaru Outback parked off-roading in a forest.
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The Most Complained About Subaru SUVs

Subaru SUVs are a primary choice on the market for families. The brand is known for safety, performance, and longevity. There are definitely a lot of great Subaru SUVs that have done well for the drivers and families. However, no brand is perfect. Despite the well-known Subaru brand loyalty, there are in fact complaints about …

a bright blue Ford Transit connect cargo van working as an urban work truck
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Most Complained About Cargo Vans

Cargo vans are great for a long list of purposes. They make great work trucks as well as perfect platforms for camper van conversions. Additionally, cargo vans in their passenger form are excellent people movers for large groups or extra-large families. However, not ever cargo van is created equal. Consumers have submitted their qualms on …

A red Dodge Challenger with surfboards on top is rendered as a two-door shooting brake concept on a beach.
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Does the Dodge Challenger Need a Lifeguard Package

Automotive custom shops around the world create amazing things and some amazingly horrible things too! But, those things start with an idea. Those ideas sometimes get transferred into a paper sketch or digital media rendering. From there, workers at the custom shops get an idea of how to bend the metal, what fabricate extra parts need to …

A blue 2006 Volvo V70R
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The Volvo V70R Is a Subtle Swedish Sleeper

Electric-blue Polestar wagons aside, Volvo’s performance cars tend to be rather low-key. That includes models like the C30 hot hatch and 850R wagon. But then, that’s the joy of having a sleeper car: extra speed without unnecessary attention. And it’s a concept the Volvo V70R embodies extremely well. Volvo V70R: specs and features While the …

2020 Honda Fit Wagon
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Brand New Wagons You Can Buy Under $20,000

In many European countries, wagons are very popular. With a wagon, you can get the practicality and comfort of driving an SUV without having a large, gas-guzzling vehicle. In the United States, however, wagons aren’t as well-received or highly desired. There are a handful of benefits to picking a wagon over a standard sedan, but …

Rear view of a tan modified 2015 Audi A4 Allroad in an open sunset field
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This Audi Allroad Really Can Go on All Roads

Luxury wagons aren’t typically used as overlanding vehicles. Especially ones from Audi. Despite the name, the Audi A4 Allroad’s biggest off-road benefit over the non-US-market Avant is more ride height. However, one A4 Allroad owner, Gene Pascua, wanted to honor the brand’s Quattro rally racers. The result is an Audi A4 Allroad that can properly …

2020 Mercedes Metris Van | MB
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Mercedes-Benz Metris vs. Ford Transit Connect

The Mercedes-Benz Metris and the Ford Transit Connect are both smaller vans which offer both a passenger and cargo version. The van segment is perhaps not one of the most exciting, but it is popular. These people and stuff carriers are an important part of the automobile industry. They carry families around town and they …

2021 Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain wagon | Mercedes
Crossover & Midsize

These are the 5 Highest Horsepower Wagons

Station wagons still seem to dot the driveways of America. Admittedly however, there are fewer of them when compared the to late 1970s and early 1980s. The mini-van did a lot to stifle the station wagon segment. Although, there are a few that remain that are pretty powerful. Here is a list of the five …

White 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon driving on a city bridge
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We Still Can’t Believe Cadillac Built a 556-hp CTS-V Station Wagon

GM’s brands haven’t always been managed well, and Cadillac is no exception. Especially when it comes to unconventional performance models. Admittedly, Cadillac never offered something as unusual as the SSR convertible pickup or HHR SS panel van. But considering American tastes, Cadillac’s station wagon was definitely an outlier. Especially when the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon showed …

Red 2009 Chevrolet HHR SS wagon panel van version, side view, with Doug Demuro behind it
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The Chevy HHR Makes for an Odd High-Performance Panel Van

Besides the Corvair-based Greenbrier, Chevrolet’s panel vans tend to be less about quirks than practicality. Though, admittedly the Greenbrier’s rear-engine layout was chosen for practical reasons. However, panel vans’ cousins, wagons and minivans, have shown that practicality can come with attractive design or even high-power performance. The retro-styled Chevy HHR may have been more car …

2019 Buick Regal TourX
Crossover & Midsize

Alternatives to the Buick Regal TourX

Buick doesn’t have the most impressive vehicles in its lineup but the car brand does have a few fan-favorites. One of them is the Buick Regal TourX, which is America’s last classic station wagon. Drivers love the TourX because it’s energetic, comfortable, and spacious. It’s sad though, the most notable thing about this year’s TourX …

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Worst Wagons of 2020

Wagons are the perfect medium between a compact car and an SUV. They are quickly becoming more and more popular. We’ve already been through Consumer Reports‘ best wagons of 2020, so it only makes sense that we would also write up a list of the worst wagons of 2020 as well. Anyone looking for a …

2020 Subaru Outback
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Best Wagons of 2020

The American Wagon is a classic and it’s still going strong. There will always be a die-hard wagon fans loading up their family and tossing gear into the hatchback rear cargo. But not all wagons are created equal. According to Consumer Reports, wagons continue to be a raring segment. There are offerings from Honda to …

Royal Stagecoach

Early SUVs Were a Lot More Primitive Than You Think

Sitting around the breakfast table this morning sparked a conversation about the pioneer days. It was a time when people were heading west to discover lands beyond the east coast. But the conversation then turned to the question, how did those pioneers get supplies once their original stash was depleted. That’s when we meandered into the topic …

A grey Volvo V90 parked near the forest.
Crossover & Midsize

5 SUV Alternatives You Shouldn’t Overlook

For the past few decades, the consumer interest in SUVs has been steadily increasing and automakers are responding with bigger and more tech-savvy offerings. But what if you don’t need something as big as an SUV, but still need a vehicle with some utility that can carry multiple passengers comfortably? In that case, here are …

2012 Porsche Panamera side
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A Used Porsche Panamera Is a Surprisingly Awesome Bargain

Porsche’s lineup includes some well-regarded sports and luxury vehicles. However, even the most affordable ones aren’t exactly cheap. That includes its sole sedan, the Porsche Panamera, which is arguably closer to a station wagon. However, although a new one can easily go for $150k, as Doug Demuro explains, used Porsche Panameras can be had for …

2020 Subaru Forester
Crossover & Midsize

Can the Subaru Forester Replace Your SUV?

You might think you need an SUV to carry people, or go off-roading, but that’s not necessarily true. Vans like the Mitsubishi Delica can do all that too. However, if you don’t want to deal with a JDM vehicle’s quirks, wagons like the Subaru Forester are an excellent alternative. It’s one of Subaru’s best-selling vehicles, …

The Honda E on display at the Brussels Motor Show
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Will This Honda Model Ever Come to America?

The Honda e is the best little car you’ve never heard of, at least according to Car and Driver. This trendy compact hatchback was released to an enthusiastic market in Europe and Japan in January 2020. Honda’s recent partnership with GM for the development of electric vehicles bodes well for enhanced EV technology. However, although …

1952 Plymouth Suburban
Trucks & SUVs

Chevrolet Wasn’t the Only One that Made a Suburban

Although the latest Chevrolet Suburban’s styling can be an acquired taste to some, there’s no doubt the SUV has staying power. In addition to the good safety rating and long list of standard features, the Suburban now comes with independent rear suspension. While the smaller Tahoe has higher Consumer Reports reliability scores, the Suburban holds …