(Not) Breaking News: your crossover is effectively a wagon with a few extra inches of height. When you think station wagon, it likely elicits memories of family road trips, or at least watching Chevy Chase take his family on one in “Vacation,” and there wasn’t much of anything cool about the wagon. But times have changed, and while Europe is consuming most of the wagons, there are several new options here in the USA that might change your mind.
The most exciting new choice for me is the 2018 Buick Regal TourX; 250 horsepower, AWD, and just under $30,000, including delivery. While I haven’t driven it, the TourX looks to check all of the boxes that you would want in an affordable and overly capable car.
The other new wagon that has me drooling at my keyboard is the Jaguar XF Sportbrake. While it starts at a much higher $70,450 price point, it will deliver a far more luxurious experience and sportier experience. Also equipped with AWD, it will come with 380 horsepower. Plus, with the rear seats down, you are talking about 70 cubic feet of storage space (32 cubic feet with them up).
Down here in Texas, Subaru isn’t nearly as ubiquitous as in snowier climates, but they are selling enormous numbers of wagons in the USA now. It partially helps that they currently sell four different wagon models, the Impreza, Crosstrek, Forester and Outback. They have starting MSRPs from $18,395 to $25,645. The Forester is a personal favorite, and if they sold their sporty XT trim with a manual transmission again, I would likely buy one.
Some of the old wagon favorites, VW and Volvo, both have some new models as well. The VW Golf SportWagen is described by VW as “The Sportier Utility Vehicle” and it’s true. Cars are much more fun to drive versus crossovers or SUVs, and the SportWagen is a full-blown utility vehicle. Tons of storage, room and 35 MPG on the highway. Volvo just released their new Volvo V90 wagon, an absolutely stunning vehicle, but have made it special order only for the American market.
I drive all over Houston on a regular basis, and it breaks my heart to see so few wagons out there. The next time you have an urge to pay for a new crossover, think about being different and get a wagon! You’ll likely receive better gas mileage, a better driving experience, and you can relish in your savvy car purchase.
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