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Best Station Wagons | CarMax

Station wagons have long been popular for their combination of car-like driving manners with SUV-like cargo space. Some models also come standard with raised ride height to aid in your ability to venture off the paved road and find adventure.

To help you on your search, we've compiled a list of the 10 best station wagons for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax sales data from November 1, 2019, through April 30, 2020.

  1. Ford C-Max Energi
  2. Audi A3 Plug-In Hybrid
  3. Volkswagen Golf
  4. Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
  5. Audi Allroad
  6. Scion XB
  7. Ford C-Max
  8. Subaru XV Crosstrek
  9. Subaru Outback
  10. Kia Soul


Ford C-Max Energi

Best Station Wagons: Ford C-Max Energi | CarMax

With practicality, performance, and a plug-in hybrid powertrain, the Ford C-Max Energi is an excellent choice. All C-Max model years are powered by the same 2.0L Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine with two electric motors. The Energi model adds a plug-in feature, allowing it to run solely on battery power as an electric vehicle for a limited distance. The C-Max Energi was discontinued after the 2017 model year, but it received some updates in its final year, with refreshed styling around the headlights and taillights as well as 17-inch alloy wheels.

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

  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Rearview camera
  • Ford SYNC® infotainment system
  • USB port


Audi A3 Plug-In Hybrid

Best Station Wagons: Audi A3 Sportback | CarMax

The Audi A3 Plug-In Hybrid, aka E-Tron, is a blast to drive, with station wagon versatility and a powertrain to suit your eco-conscious lifestyle. Dropping the rear seat in the 2017-2018 A3 E-Tron provides 33.7 cubic feet of cargo space; keeping it up gives you seating for five. 2017 and newer models allow you to select the drive mode; choose between EV, hybrid, hold, and charge.

Standard features on the 2017 Audi A3 Plug-In Hybrid Premium Plus include:

  • Heated front seats
  • LED headlights
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • 10-speaker audio system


Volkswagen Golf

Best Station Wagons: Volkswagen Golf | CarMax

If you're looking for a station wagon that brings out the driving enthusiast in you, check out the Volkswagen Golf. The Golf has a trim level for just about every need, offering a soothing balm on long commutes and enticing you to take the scenic route home. Standard 2017-2019 Volkswagen Golfs are powered by a 1.8L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and all Golfs provide an impressive 22.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats.

Standard features on the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Wolfsberg Edition include:

  • Keyless entry
  • Heated front seats
  • Forward collision warning
  • Rearview camera


Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

Best Station Wagons: Volkswagen Golf Alltrack | CarMax

If you want cargo space and off-road capability with car-like driving dynamics, the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is a great choice. The 2017-2019 Alltrack offers the features of the Golf, adding an extended wheelbase and increased cargo space behind the rear seats—a healthy 30.4 cubic feet. Additionally, all model years of the Alltrack benefit from all-wheel drive and a raised ride height. Automatic or manual transmissions are available, as are multiple engine options, including a turbodiesel (from 2017).

Standard features on the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack include:

  • All-wheel drive
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • 1.8L turbocharged four-cylinder engine


Audi Allroad

Best Station Wagons: Audi A4 | CarMax

Looking for luxury, rugged off-road capability, and cargo space? Look no further than the Audi Allroad. The Allroad is a luxurious station wagon with an elevated ride height to help you in your off-road adventures. All model years of the Allroad are equipped with all-wheel drive. From 2017, the Allroad offers a virtual instrument cluster that enables you to configure your gauge layout to suit your preferences. 2018 models benefit from standard blind-spot monitoring, too.

Standard features on the 2018 Audi Allroad include:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • HID headlights
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated front seats

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Scion XB

Best Station Wagons: Scion XB | CarMax

The Scion XB is a hip, square-bodied wagon that is deceivingly spacious. Its styling appears to be fairly compact from the outside, but sliding into the cabin reveals a spacious interior with 38 inches of legroom for the rear passengers and 11.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. The 2008-2015 Scion XB is the last generation of this model; all are powered by a 2.4L four-cylinder engine rated at 158 horsepower.

Standard features on the 2015 Scion XB include:

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


Ford C-Max

Best Station Wagons: Ford C-Max Energi | CarMax

If you want a station wagon with a hybrid powertrain, the Ford C-Max is an excellent choice. All model years of the Ford C-Max are powered by a 2.0L Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine, paired to two electric motors. The 2018 Ford C-Max has an EPA-estimated 42 mpg city and 38 mpg highway.1 2017-2018 models of the C-Max are the most recent and feature updated exterior styling.

Standard features on the 2017-2018 Ford C-Max Titanium include:

  • Heated front seats
  • Leather seats
  • 10-way power adjustable driver seat
  • Rearview camera


Subaru XV Crosstrek

Best Station Wagons: Subaru XV Crosstrek | CarMax

The Subaru XV Crosstrek is prepared to take you on the road less traveled. All model years of the Crosstrek are equipped with all-wheel drive and come standard with an elevated ride height to aid in exploring uneven terrain. If you're looking for something to fit your green lifestyle, 2014-2019 Subaru XV Crosstreks can be found as a hybrid. The Crosstrek received a refresh in 2018, including the addition of Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capability.

Standard features on the 2017-2019 Subaru XV Crosstrek include:

  • All-wheel drive
  • 2.0L four-cylinder engine
  • Blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rearview camera


Subaru Outback

Best Station Wagons: Subaru Outback | CarMax

If you need all-wheel drive and the extra cargo space a station wagon provides, the Subaru Outback is an excellent choice. The Outback has good ground clearance as well, which is ideal for exploring the great outdoors. If you're a pet lover, the Subaru Outback has plenty of room for you and your furry friends, plus a few extra passengers. All Subaru Outbacks come with either a 2.5L horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine or a 3.6L six-cylinder engine in the same format.

Standard features on the 2018-2019 Subaru Outback include:

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


Kia Soul

Best Station Wagons: Kia Soul | CarMax

At the top of our list is the Kia Soul, a wagon with plenty of style and personality to go around. The Soul received an update for 2020, with refreshed sheet metal, headlights, and taillights, as well as a new turbocharged engine. A 2.0L four-cylinder engine is the standard option on 2017 and newer models.

Standard features for the 2017-2019 Kia Soul EX include:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Rearview camera

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It's hard to go wrong with a wagon. With car-like driving manners, extra cargo space, and even off-road driving ability in some cases, the station wagon is a versatile daily driver.

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