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Best Station Wagons | CarMax

If you're on the hunt for a vehicle that balances the right amount of space and practicality with driving ease and convenience, the modern-day station wagon has plenty to offer. These sleek, modern vehicles provide you with great storage capacity and generally boast the agreeable road manners of a smaller car, too.

To help you in your search, check out this list of the 10 best station wagons for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax sales data from July 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019.

  1. Nissan Cube
  2. Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
  3. Ford C-Max Energi
  4. Volkswagen Golf
  5. Audi Allroad
  6. Scion XB
  7. Ford C-Max
  8. Subaru XV Crosstrek
  9. Subaru Outback
  10. Kia Soul


Nissan Cube

Best Station Wagons: Nissan Cube | CarMax

If you're looking to add some unique flair to your daily drive, check out the hip Nissan Cube. The Cube was available in the US from 2009 through 2014 and thanks to its boxy exterior and soft, curved edges, it is one of the most wonderfully unique-looking station wagons out there. The defining feature of the Cube is its asymmetrical rear window that appears to seamlessly connect to the rear-passenger side window as one piece of glass.

All Nissan Cubes are powered by a 1.8L four-cylinder engine with transmission options that include a six-speed manual or automatic transmission or a continuously variable transmission (added in 2012). Despite looking small from the outside, all Nissan Cubes have an impressive cargo capacity of 58 cubic feet. The 2014 Nissan Cube 1.8 SL comes standard with the following features:

  • Continuously variable transmission (CVT)
  • 16-inch aluminum wheels
  • Automatic climate control
  • Remote keyless entry


Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

Best Station Wagons: Volkswagen Golf Alltrack | CarMax

Introduced in 2017, the Golf Alltrack doesn't just provide you with styling and driving dynamics but extra cargo space and an elevated ride height for improved ground clearance as well. All 2017–2019 Golf Alltracks come standard with all-wheel drive and a 170-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine with either a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission as standard or a six-speed manual transmission as an option on the SEL trim (2019). Meanwhile, the interior of the Alltrack is well appointed with soft-touch materials and comes standard with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display that is equipped with Bluetooth®, SiriusXM® satellite radio, Apple CarPlay®, and Android Auto™.

Standard features on the base 2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack include:

  • Front-collision warning with pedestrian detection
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto


Ford C-Max Energi

Best Station Wagons: Ford C-Max Energi | CarMax

Practicality, performance, and a plug-in hybrid powertrain, the Ford C-Max Energi is a wagon ready to keep up with your green-conscious lifestyle. Produced from 2013 through 2017, all models are powered by the same 2.0L four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine paired with two electric motors. In addition, 2016–2017 models received updated headlights, taillights, and come standard with refreshed 17-inch alloy wheels.

Standard features on the 2017 Ford C-Max Energi Titanium include the following:

  • Keyless ignition
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Navigation


Volkswagen Golf

Best Station Wagons: Volkswagen Golf | CarMax

If you prefer having plenty of choices as you shop for your next ride, 20172019 Volkswagen Golfs can be found in plenty of different configurations and trim levels, from a practical commuter to a hot hatch street fighter. Base models from 2017 onward come standard with a 1.8L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, while the sporty GTI is equipped with a more powerful 2.0L turbocharged powerplant. In addition, with the 2017 model year, the Wolfsburg edition was added to the trim level line up, boasting upgrades like heated front seats, keyless start, and forward collision warning with automatic brake assist from standard. If you're looking for maximum cargo capacity, the Golf SportWagen (2017 onward) has an even longer wheelbase, giving you more space behind the rear seat.

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf SE can be found with these features from standard:

  • Fog lights
  • 16-inch wheels
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Heated front seats


Audi Allroad

Best Station Wagons: Audi A4 | CarMax

If you're after a wagon with premium features and luxury from standard, you'll want to make sure the Audi Allroad gets a test drive. 2017 to present Audi Allroads pair luxury with all-terrain prowess, standard leather interior, an elevated ride height, and standard all-wheel drive. Plus, thanks to its 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, the Allroad doesn't skimp on performance either. 2017–2019 Allroads don't just inspire confidence behind the wheel but provide you with plenty of cargo space too: 24.2 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 58.5 cubic feet with them folded down.

Standard features on the 2018 Audi Allroad Premium Plus include:

  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear auto emergency braking
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Heated front seats

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Scion XB

Best Station Wagons: Scion XB | CarMax

Spacious and unique, the Scion XB is worth your consideration if you're looking for a station wagon that stands out in terms of form and function. The XB's eye-catching boxy exterior houses a cavernous interior boasting an impressive 69.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded down. Meanwhile, power for the second- and last-generation 20082015 Scion XB comes from a 2.4L four-cylinder engine rated at 158-hp.

Standard features on the 2015 Scion XB include the following:

  • 6.1-inch touchscreen display
  • Rearview camera
  • 60/40-split folding rear seat
  • Air conditioning


Ford C-Max

Best Station Wagons: Ford C-Max Energi | CarMax

Ending production in 2018, the Ford C-Max is a solid choice if you're looking for a station wagon that has plenty of room for belongings and a hybrid powertrain as well. If you're already considering the C-Max and want some extra luxury, be sure to check out the Titanium trim available on 2017–2018 models as it adds leather seats, a 10-way power adjustable driver seat, and unique wheels. 2017–2018 models also received an exterior refresh that includes an updated grille as well as updated headlights and taillights.

Standard features on the 2016–2019 Ford C-Max SEL include:

  • Heated front seats
  • Leather-trimmed seating
  • Eight-inch color touchscreen display
  • Reverse sensing system


Subaru XV Crosstrek

Best Station Wagons: Subaru XV Crosstrek | CarMax

If you crave the great outdoors and have a sense of adventure that often leads you away from the paved paths of suburbia, the Subaru XV Crosstrek might be a good match. Its elevated ride height gives you extra ground clearance for when you're driving over uneven terrain yet its compact size provides well-mannered driving dynamics that you'd expect from a small car. And if you're after something to suit a green-conscious lifestyle, 20142019 Subaru XV Crosstreks can also be found in a hybrid drivetrain configuration. Debuting in 2018, the second-generation Crosstrek dropped the XV from its name and added the Starlink infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality as standard.

Standard features on the 2017 Subaru XV Crosstrek include:

  • All-wheel drive
  • 2.0L four-cylinder engine
  • Blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Cloth upholstery with red stitching


Subaru Outback

Best Station Wagons: Subaru Outback | CarMax

If you're on the hunt for a station wagon that's able to keep up with your outdoor lifestyle, the Subaru Outback deserves a spot on your shortlist. The Outback has an elevated ride height that makes it ideal for when the paved road turns rough and muddy. It also has an extended wheelbase making it ideal for bringing along extra gear. All Subaru Outbacks come standard with all-wheel drive and offer either a 2.5L four-cylinder engine or a 3.6L six-cylinder engine.

Receiving a refresh in 2018, you can expect the following standard features on all 20182019 Subaru Outbacks:

  • All-wheel drive
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto


Kia Soul

Best Station Wagons: Kia Soul | CarMax

Topping our list of the 10 best station wagons for 2020 shoppers is a wagon full of hip, funky style and undeniable practicality—the Kia Soul. The recently refreshed 2020 model of the Kia Soul is especially attractive and offers you plenty of options when it comes to what's under the hood, from a 2.0L four-cylinder engine rated at 147-hp at the base level to an available 1.6L turbocharged engine and even available electric powertrains. The previous generation (2013–2019) has plenty to offer, too, including these standard features on EX models from 2017:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Proximity key with push-button start
  • Satellite navigation
  • Bluetooth

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With lots of cargo space and great driving dynamics, station wagons can provide you with the best of both worlds. And with all the options available to you, there's a wagon out there that's right for you.

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