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Best Used Station Wagons for 2023


Michelle Bogle
Michelle Bogle | Senior Contributor
January 9, 2024
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Where sophistication meets utility.

SUVs aren't your only option—embark on a journey of versatility in a station wagon. These vehicles redefine spaciousness through their elongated designs. With comfortable step-in heights, welcoming cabins, and expansive cargo capacities, wagons cater to the diverse needs of families, solo explorers, and used car shoppers seeking utility and sophistication.

To help you with your search, we've compiled a list of the 10 most popular used station wagons with CarMax customers. Learn more about how our lists work.

Best Used Station Wagons for 2023

1. Subaru Outback

2. Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

3. Mini Cooper Clubman

4. Volvo V60

5. Audi A3 Plug-In Hybrid

6. Audi Allroad

7. Buick Regal TourX

1. Subaru Outback

Blue 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness

Reigning supreme among the best wagons for 2023 shoppers is the Subaru Outback. This station wagon is ideal if you're looking for a vehicle that blends rugged capability with refined utility.

As part of the sixth generation from 2020 onwards, all Outback models come standard with all-wheel drive, ensuring superior traction across varying terrain. Boasting a spacious, comfortable interior for five passengers and a generous 75.7 cu-ft maximum cargo capacity (2020-present), this wagon marries its adventure-ready spirit with everyday practicality.

Plus, with 8.7 inches of ground clearance and standard driver aids, including adaptive cruise control, front collision warning with automatic emergency braking, and lane-keeping assist, the 2020-present Outback ensures a confident and enjoyable driving experience, making it a quintessential choice for a versatile station wagon.

Research the Subaru Outback.

2. Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

Silver 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SE

The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, spanning 2017 to 2019, is one of the best station wagons if you crave sportiness and practicality. Powered by a standard turbocharged 1.8L four-cylinder engine, the 2017-2019 Golf Alltrack provides a spirited and responsive driving experience for urban commuting and beyond. Its all-wheel-drive system, coupled with a 6.7-inch ground clearance (2017-2019 models), ensures a confident ride across various terrains, making it a versatile choice for city and rural adventures.

Inside the cabin, the 2017-2019 Alltrack boasts a comfortable and inviting cabin with spacious seating for five passengers and 30.4 cu-ft of cargo capacity with all seats in place. New for the 2019 model year, the Alltrack includes standard driver aids, like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert for extra convenience and peace of mind.

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3. Mini Cooper Clubman

Black 2020 Mini Clubman John Cooper Works ALL4 with red accents

Standing out as one of the best station wagons, particularly 2018 and newer models (part of the second generation, introduced in 2015), the Mini Cooper Clubman strikes a balance between style and functionality. From 2018 to 2023, the Clubman Cooper S impresses with a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine, delivering 189 hp. All-wheel drive availability elevates the Clubman's versatility, effortlessly adapting to various driving conditions.

The allure of the Cooper Clubman also extends beyond its dynamic performance. This station wagon is a statement of individuality, boasting a unique split-rear door design and iconic Mini styling. Inside the eye-catching interior, you'll find high-end standard features on 2018 models onward, including leatherette upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, and power-adjustable heated front seats for your comfort.

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4. Volvo V60

Blue 2021 Volvo V60 T5 R-Design

If you're searching for a station wagon that blends a car-like driving experience with SUV-like utility, look no further than the second generation of the Volvo V60, introduced in 2019. Beneath its sleek Scandinavian styling lies a powerhouse, offering a standard 250-hp turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder on 2019-2021 models or a standard plug-in hybrid powertrain on 2022 and newer versions.

Beyond its refined performance, the 2019-2023 V60 extends an invitation to experience its comfortable front-seat environment, where plushness converges with modern luxury with standard leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, and power-adjustable heated front seats. Boasting 23.2 cu-ft of cargo space with the rear row in place or 50.9 cu-ft with it folded (2019-2022 models), the Volvo V60 also ensures ample room for luggage, sporting equipment, and large items, making it an adaptable companion for any adventure.

Research the Volvo V60.

5. Audi A3 Plug-In Hybrid

White 2018 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Premium

Consider the Audi A3 Plug-In Hybrid for a fuel-sipping and dynamic driving experience in a slick station wagon package. Known as the A3 Sportback e-tron®, this innovative PHEV seamlessly merges performance and mileage. The 2017-2018 models feature a turbocharged 1.4L four-cylinder gasoline engine paired with an electric motor, resulting in a total system output of 204 hp.

With its EV, Hybrid, and Sport driving modes, the 2017-2018 A3 Plug-In Hybrid adapts to your driving preferences, offering a customized experience. The 2018 A3 Sportback e-tron also boasts an EPA-estimated range of 16 miles on a full charge (electric only) and an EPA-estimated range of 400 miles with a full charge and full tank of gas to conquer your daily commute.

Research the Audi A3 Plug-In Hybrid.

6. Audi Allroad

Dark blue 2020 Audi A6 allroad Prestige 55

As a distinguished third-generation model introduced in 2017, the Audi Allroad combines rugged capability with a refined design. This versatile and stylish station wagon can navigate diverse driving conditions thanks to its 6.5-inch ground clearance and standard all-wheel-drive system (2017-2023 models). The 2017 and newer models also feature a standard turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine and a seven-speed automatic transmission, ensuring a dynamic and responsive driving experience.

Stepping into the Audi Allroad reveals a cabin that balances form and function. The raised ground clearance makes entry and exit a breeze, complemented by power-adjustable front seats with leather upholstery for optimal comfort (2017-2023 models). The Allroad defies its compact classification with 37.4 inches of front-seat headroom in 2020-2023 models. Cargo space is equally impressive, offering 24 cu-ft with the second row in place and a maximum capacity of 58 cu-ft when folded (2017-2023 models).

Research the Audi Allroad.

7. Buick Regal TourX

Dark blue 2018 Buick Regal Tourx Essence

As part of the sixth generation introduced in 2018, the Buick Regal TourX stands out as a distinguished figure in station wagons, offering an ideal blend of style, versatility, and performance. Its sleek design, standard all-wheel-drive system, and robust 250-hp 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine in 2018-2020 models ensure the Regal TourX is ready for diverse driving conditions.

Inside the cabin, passengers are treated to comfortable journeys, with an impressive 36.9 inches of back-seat legroom in 2018-2020 models. The 2018-2020 Regal TourX also excels in cargo space, featuring 32.7 cu-ft behind the rear seats, which expands to a massive 73.5 cu-ft with the rear seats folded. This substantial capacity makes the TourX a smart choice if you're seeking a wagon with space for luggage and large-item storage.

Research the Buick Regal TourX.

When shopping for the best-used station wagons, you'll find no shortage of appealing choices, each offering a unique mix of style, performance, and practicality.

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At CarMax, we've been buying and selling cars since 1993, and we've made it our business to pay close attention to which cars customers like—and buy—the most. As the largest used car auto retailer in the United States, our overall sample size is large and reflective of the variety of years, makes, and models that we sell.

How We Rank Our Lists

To create our "Best Of" lists, our analysts look at CarMax vehicle and sales data over a recent 6-month period, from March 2023 through August 2023. Looking back over a 6-month period allows for the highest sample size possible while also providing up-to-date pricing information. Some articles may include data points with lower sample sizes.

Michelle Bogle
Michelle Bogle | Senior Contributor

Michelle Bogle started her career in the car industry nearly two decades ago as a writer for an American multinational automobile manufacturer. Since then, she has expanded her expertise as an automotive journalist, covering vehicle reviews, news, and buying advice to help consumers feel informed and excited about the car-buying process.

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