Station Wagons in the US

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I've been a fan of station wagons for a long time. We had a few while growing up and the fascination continues to this day, especially when teased by companies like Audi with all of the amazing products available in Europe, but not offered here in the US. Go to any of the manufacturer websites and there is just not much of a choice. A shame really. It seems we all prefer SUVs and Crossovers, but a wagon is just as viable.

We've even documented a few of the station wagons we can get our hands on as a visual treat, but wanted to explore this a bit further and asked ourselves what vehicles would be available for someone who might be interested in buying a new one here in the US.

Sorry to say, this is all that we could find, listed by brand. If I missed anything, let me know.

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2013 Acura TSX Sport Wagon with Technology Package.

Acura offers the TSX Sport Wagon, which starts at $31,860. Its got 201hp, a 2.4 liter in-line 4 with a 5 speed. Sequential SportShift automatic. If you go for the TSX Sport Wagon with Technology Package, it starts at $35,510, which includes options like:
• Acura/ELS Surround®32 audio system
• 15 GB hard disc drive memory media storage
• Acura Navigation System10
• Rearview camera10
• AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic and Weather™13
• Available Traffic Rerouting™
• Voice Recognition system
• GPS-linked, solar-sensing climate control10
• Bluetooth®11 HandsFreeLink® phonebook exchange
• Power Tailgate

We built one online, and by the time we finished adding what we think most would like (without going crazy), like Back-up sensor, 18" Ebony Wheels, Rear Bumper Appliqué, Body Side Molding, Door Edge Film, Cargo Tray, Leather Shift Knob, Leather Steering Wheel and the Sport Package, the MSRP reached $42,163.

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2013 Audi A3.

On a personal note, Audi makes the best and most desirable wagons in the world. As far as I am concerned, the wagon gold standard is the RS6 Avant with its 4.0 liter TFSI V8 with two twin-scroll turbochargers that produces 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Unfortunately, despite their teasing, they refuse to bring them here. But if you go online, you at least have two options, as limited as they may be (compared to their global fleet).

The first and smallest wagon is the A3. I have always liked this vehicle, and soon, even this model will no longer be offered in the US.

The 2.0 TFSI® Premium, with a six-speed manual transmission (only one of two available in manual from the eight trim options offered) and front-wheel drive starts at $28,165 (which includes the $895 destination charge).

If you jump to the top of the line, the 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus, with a six-speed S tronic® automatic transmission with quattro® all-wheel drive, the starting price jumps to $32,850.

So we started with this model and added:
• Ice Silver metallic paint $475
• 18" 5-rotor-design Titanium-finish alloy wheels with 225/40 summer performance tires (included in Titanium sport package) $2,000
• Cold weather package $500
• Audi MMI® plus with Audi Music Interface® $2,050
• Convenience package 1,275
• Open Sky panorama sunroof $1,100
• Black roof rails $500

This raised the MSRP to $38,495.

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2013 Audi Allroad.

The second US offering from Audi is the new Allroad (which is now based on the A4 platform, versus the previous Allroad which was on the A6 platform - making it a bit smaller).

The 2.0 TFSI® Premium with Eight-speed Tiptronic® transmission with quattro® all-wheel drive starts at $40,594 (including the $895 destination charge). There are three trim options available, the Premium, the Premium Plus and the one we start with, the Prestige, which has an MSRP of $48,800. Of course, we can't leave well enough alone, so to that we added:

• Ice Silver metallic paint $475
• 19" 5-arm-structure design with 245/40 summer tires $800
• Sport Interior Package $500
• Full paint finish (removes the black plastic cladding that I don't care for) $1,000
• Sun shades for rear doors $250

All these goodies bring the final price to $52,720.

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2013 BMW 330d Touring.

In April of 2013, the F31-generation of the BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon – called 3 Series Touring, with a 241-horsepower N20 twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder 2.0 liter engine will come to the US. (thank you BMW). It is 3.7 inches longer than the previous generation, and the wheelbase grows 2.0 inches. It has no spare (now used for a storage compartment below the rear floor), since it will come with Pirelli Cinturato P7 run-flats.

The new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon will launch in Europe later this year and is set to arrive in US showrooms in Spring 2013. Powertrain details for the US as well as pricing, specifications and standard/optional equipment will be announced at a later date.

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2013 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon.

In my view, Cadillac has the best offering and not just because the competition is slim. With the CTS Wagon, you not only get two options, but you can also get the V as a manual, and with the V, you get 556 HP. No one expected GM to make this vehicle, but I am so glad they did.

We'll start slow here and check out the CTS Sport Wagon (which is available in four trim levels - Standard, Luxury, Performance and Premium - in rear-wheel drive with an MSRP of $40,100 and all-wheel drive with an MSRP of 42,000 for the Standard trim). A bit confusing, I know.

In any case, here we are going to price an All wheel Drive Premium model with a 3.6L Direct Injection V6 VVT engine which starts at $50,645.

The first thing we added was the 19" polished aluminum wheels which required the selection of several options:
• CTS Touring Package - Premium $2,810
• 19" Summer Tire Performance Package $2,090
• Wheel locks $115
• Luggage rack, double cross bows $325
• Cargo Tray $110

One option that we really wanted, and could not get, was the wood trim interior package, but this took us up to $53,285.

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2013 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon.

But now that we are done paying around, we get to serious business with the CTS-V Wagon with a riveting 556 HP Eaton-supercharged 6.2 liter V8 engine and race-bred Brembo® disc brakes. It starts at $64,515, but if you've been following us, you just know we're not satisfied with that.

This one is simple. It comes in one trim level. Standard. While I usually prefer silver cars, I'm gonna go all out on this one and add the Black Diamond Tricoat paint for $995, with the $800 19" Satin Graphite wheels (ohhhh scaaaaary). Of course, I'm getting a manual.

I also added:
• Yellow Brembo® brake calipers $595
• Wheel Locks $115
• UltraView® power sunroof $1,150
• Luggage rack, double cross bows $325
• RECARO® performance seats $3,400
• Sueded steering wheel and shift knob $300
• Cargo Tray $110

Bringing it all up to the dream car price of just $73,200, and for as high as you think that might be, there is absolute nothing else available today that can beat that (or even come close).

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2013 Mercedes Benz E350 4MATIC Wagon.

Mercedes Benz has two wagons to choose from. The E350 4MATIC Wagon with a 3.5 liter gasoline V6 making 308 HP with an MSRP of $57,700 and the E63 AMG Wagon, which starts at $92,400 and has a 5.5 liter AMG biturbo gasoline V8 producing 518 HP.

The AMG is obviously the desired vehicle here, but we're gonna go with the E350 4Matic for this comparison and start with the following options:
• Iridium Silver Metallic paint $720
• Sport Styling Package $0
• Wheel Package $760
• Premium 1 Package $3,500
• Premium 2 Package $5,950
• Front apron spoiler $650
• Black Leather (with the Black Ash Wood Trim $1,620
• Heated steering wheel $490
• Illuminated door sills $950
• Heated & Active Ventilated Front Seats $450
• Power Tilt/Sliding Panorama Sunroof $1,090
• Active Multicontour Driver Seat $660
• Bicycle Rack $175
• 5-Year Mercedes-Benz Star Service Prepaid Maintenance $1,679
• All-Season Floor Mats $112
• Cargo Area Tray $230

All these goodies pump the numbers up to $73,799, making this wagon the most expensive of this post.

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2013 Mini Cooper Clubman John Cooper Works.

The 2013 Mini Cooper Clubman is probably the closest thing to a wagon they offer. Despite its size, it is extremely practical. I know because I own one, and it comes in very handy, despite a few annoying things, like the seat belt which very often gets caught between the seat and the door, requiring you to open the door to get at it, the rear doors that open in the center which create a bling spot in the middle of the rear window, the cargo cover which is not as useable as the retractable one it replaced and rear seats that don't fold down flat.

It is available it three flavors (all in manual too). The 121 HP Cooper, with an MSRP of $22,100. The 181 HP Cooper S with an MSRP of $25,800 and our choice, the 208 HP John Cooper Works with an MSRP of $33,000.

Our list of add-ons start with:
• Eclipse Gray paint $500
• Cold Weather Package $750
• Technology Package $1,750
• Premium Package 2 $1,250
• Sport Suspension $500
• Xenon Headlamps $500
• Black driving lamps $620
• silver sport stripes $121
• silver roof stripes $121
• Roof Rack Base $239
• Maintenance program $1,795
• Rear Spolier $250
• Roof Rails $250
• Recaro Sport Seats $2,750

All this, brings the total to $41,657.

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2013 Subaru Impreza WRX Premium.

Despite the loyal following by many, Subaru has not been on my radar for some time. Its just a personal preference and there is absolutely nothing wrong with them, its just that I've always thought the cars looked a bit dated, no matter how new they were. That said, the 2013 Impreza WRX has caught my eye, but if we're honest with each other here, its more of a five-door hatchback that a wagon. I've simply included it because it is similar in size and price to the Mini.

It comes in four trim levels, starting with the WRX at $25,795, The WRX Premium at $28,295, The WRX Limited at $29,295 and our favorite, the WRX STI with its Turbocharged 305 hp Subaru Boxer® engine and 18-inch BBS® aluminum-alloy wheels at $36,645.

It was very nice to see that this is also available with a 6-speed manual, so off we went to our build, which included options like:
• Navigation System $1,000
• Bike/Kayak Carrier – Roof Mounted Clamps $25
• Crossbar Set - Fixed $199
• Rear Cargo Net $34.95
• Cargo Tray $69.95
• Floor Mats $69.95
• SPT Performance Exhaust System $1,019.99
• Exhaust Finisher (tips) $179.95

This brings the total to $38.889.

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2013 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen.

It appears that Volkswagen has gone the same way as Audi in the offering department with only the Jetta Sportwagen as its single option with an MSRP of just $20,595 for the "S". Other trim levels include the SE for $24,395, SE with Sunroof for $26,195 and three TDi versions starting from $25,795, $27,595 and $28,395.

For this comparison, we'll do the Jetta SportWagen SE with Sunroof at $26,195 with a 2.5 liter, 170 hp, 5-cylinder engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic®and Sport mode.

Our first choice was to select the paint, and we went with the Platinum Grey Metallic at no charge. We then added the Roof Edge Spoiler at $500 and the Monster Mats at $235, raising the final cost to $26,695 making this the least expensive wagon in this post.

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2013 Volvo XC70 T6 AWD Wagon.

Volvo's three choices, the XC60, XC70 and the XC90 are self branded as Crossovers, even an SUV for the XC90, and a despite the fact that they are a bit on the tall side, they appear to be more station wagon than crossover to me.

The MSRP for these three vehicles are $34,350 for the XC60, $33,600 for the XC70 and $39,700 for the XC90.

For this comparison, we'll go with the middle of the road XC70, which comes in two flavors. The 3.2 which starts at $33,600 and our build choice, the T6, which starts at $40,300.

Once you start your build, you are given the two trim levels as options, which are Premium Plus and Platinum. We choose the later, which adds $4,700

We continued to add the following options:
• Electric Silver Metallic paint $550
• Climate Package with heated rear seats $900
• Technology Package $2,100
• Engine Remote Start $499
• Roof Spoiler $390
• Side Scuff Plates $440
• Silver Cross Bars (roof rack) $230
• Park Assist Camera $770
• Rubber Mats $150
• Polesstar Performance $1,495 (includes installation)

Polesstar is tuning software that optimizes the performance of the T6 from 300 HP to 325 HP and torque from 325 to 354 lb. ft.

We could not change the color of the interior wood trim, which we do not like. The total came to $53,419.

To recap, If I had to pick one, and money was no option, I would go with the Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon. A more realistic options perhaps would be the Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon or the Audi Allroad and when the BMW one comes on the market in a few months, I will consider that one as well.

To help those of you who might consider a wagon too, here is a recap of MSRP vs BUILD costs. The least expensive wagon was the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen and the most expensive was the Mercedes Benz E350 4MATIC Wagon.

2013 Acura TSX Sport Wagon with Technology Package.
MSRP: $35,510 BUILD: $42,163

2013 Audi A3 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus
MSRP: $32,850 BUILD: $38,495

2013 Audi Allroad 2.0 TFSI® Premium
MSRP: $48,800 BUILD: $52,720

2013 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon
MSRP: not released yet

2013 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon All wheel Drive Premium
MSRP: $50,645 BUILD: $53,285

2013 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon
MSRP: $64,515 BUILD: $73,200

2013 Mercedes Benz E350 4MATIC Wagon
MSRP: $57,700 BUILD: $73,799

2013 Mini Cooper Clubman John Cooper Works
MSRP: $33,000 BUILD: $41,657

2013 Subaru Impreza WRX Premium
MSRP: $36,645 BUILD:$38.889

2013 Volvo XC70 T6 AWD
MSRP: $40,300 BUILD: $53,419

2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen SE with Sunroof
MSRP: $26,195 BUILD: $26,695

Which Wagon Wins?

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