Although more pedestrian models have been displaced by crossovers and SUVs, luxury station wagons have held on to their tenuous grasp on upscale family shoppers. There exists a subset of buyers out there who are unwilling to sacrifice driving experience for practicality, and since luxury station wagons exact no handling or comfort penalties compared to their four-door counterparts they represent the best option for enthusiasts who need additional cargo space to go along with their premium ride.
Let's take a look at 7 of the best luxury station wagons currently available on the market.
Best Luxury Station Wagons - 01 - 2013 Acura TSX Sport Wagon
The 2013 Acura TSX Sport Wagon is an intriguing option from a brand not typically celebrated for its strong wagon heritage. Based on the fun-to-drive TSX sedan, the Acura TSX Sport Wagon comes with a full load of standard equipment, including HID headlights, dual automatic climate control, a sunroof, heater leather seats, and Bluetooth connectivity. Navigation and surround sound can also be added to the wagon, and it offers a hefty 61 cubic feet of total cargo space with the rear seats folded forward.
Under the hood, the 2013 Acura TSX Sport Wagon features a 201 horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that also generates 170 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard, and fuel mileage for the front-wheel drive Acura checks in at 22-mpg in city driving and 30-mpg on the highway.
Best Luxury Station Wagons - 02 - 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon has long been a part of the German automaker's North American offerings. As luxurious as the strong-selling E-Class sedan, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon can be loaded up with features such as dual automatic climate control, heated leather seats, the COMAND interface, a power liftgate, a rearview camera, and satellite radio. Unlike any other model on this list, the E-Class wagon also provides seven-passenger seating due to the presence of a fold-down, rear-facing set of accommodations found in its cargo area. With both rear rows out of the picture, the Mercedes-Benz can accommodate up to 57 cubic feet of luggage.
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon comes with the choice of two drivetrains. The E350 4MATIC edition of the car delivers standard all-wheel drive matched with a 3.5-liter V-6 that can be counted on to produce 302 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. The E63 AMG wagon turns performance up to 11 by way of a 5.5-liter V-8 that makes use of twin turbochargers to generate 518 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. A seven-speed automatic transmission is included free of charge with each version of the wagon, and unsurprisingly the V-6's fuel economy (19-mpg city / 27-mpg highway) is the most frugal of the two engines.
Best Luxury Station Wagons - 03 - 2014 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon
The 2014 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon promises to deliver all of the handling prowess and comfort of the 3 Series sedan while adding significant utility to the vehicle's overall package. In fact, the enclosed cargo area of the BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon can handle as much as 53 cubic feet of gear, and the car can also be had with a raft of premium equipment including a navigation system, iDrive, heated leather seats, and an upgraded stereo system. The Sports Wagon is sold in a single trim level, the 328xi, which means that it comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder motor that produces 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard with the 3 Series Sports Wagon, but fuel mileage has yet to be determined by BMW.
Best Luxury Station Wagons - 04 - 2013 Audi Allroad
The 2013 Audi allroad pushes the luxury station wagon definition due to its taller stance and pseudo-crossover marketing, but at its core the vehicle is based on the A4 Avant. The A4 Avant is the no-longer-sold-in-North-America wagon edition of the popular A4 sedan, with the Audi Allroad beefing up the vehicle's body cladding and adding ground clearance. Three different trim levels are available with the Allroad, and the top-tier Prestige edition includes adaptive HID headlights, a navigation system, the MMI interface, heated leather seats, three zones of automatic climate control, and the option of adaptive cruise control.
The 2013 Audi Allroad is based around the brand's venerable 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This unit, which puts out 211 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, is yoked to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Quattro all-wheel drive is included with each Allroad model, and fuel economy for the wagon shows as 20-mpg in city driving and 27-mpg on the highway.
Best Luxury Station Wagons - 05 - 2013 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon
The 2013 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon provides a mid-size alternative for those who would prefer to buy American. The comfortable Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon is a bit heavier than the CTS sedan with which is shares its platform, but it includes a total of 58 cubic feet of cargo space to make up for it. Also available with the CTS Sport Wagon is the Summer Tire Performance package, which adds a stiffer suspension system, upgraded wheels and tires, a more robust cooling system, and a limited slip differential to the vehicle's list of luxury features.
The 2013 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon is initially outfitted with a 3.0-liter V-6 that is rated at 270 horsepower and 223 lb-ft of torque. An available 3.6-liter V-6 ups the Sport Wagon's output to 318 horses and 275 lb-ft of torque, while the CTS-V Sport Wagon - in addition to its numerous high performance charms - comes with a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 that churns out 556 horsepower and 551 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is available across all three drivetrains, while the CTS-V introduces the availability of a six-speed manual gearbox. All-wheel drive can be ordered with either V-6 model, and fuel economy for each six-cylinder engine is listed at an identical 18-mpg city and 26-mpg highway.
Best Luxury Station Wagons - 06 - 2013 Infiniti EX
The 2013 Infiniti EX might not seem like it belongs at all on a list of luxury station wagons, but hear us out: this 'crossover' has more in common with the tall wagon set than it does with the vaguely off-road ready people movers that one would typically consider SUVs. In fact, the Infiniti EX's car-like handling and footprint is enhanced by its rear-wheel drive chassis, shared with the Infiniti G sedan. It also comes with a full complement of premium features, which compensates somewhat for its smallish 47.4 cubic feet of total cargo space.
A single engine choice is offered with the 2013 Infiniti EX: a 3.7-liter V-6 that produces 325 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. A seven-speed automatic transmission is charged with managing this output, and a rear-biased all-wheel drive system can be ordered to enhance the wagon's wet weather traction. Fuel economy for the EX comes in at 17-mpg in city driving and 25-mpg on the highway.
Best Luxury Station Wagons - 07 - 2013 Volvo XC70
The 2013 Volvo XC70 is another 'crossover in disguise' like the Audi Allroad. With the departure of the Volvo V70 from the American market, the Swedish brand's XC70 has picked up the slack. Essentially a more rugged-looking version of the V70 luxury station wagon, the Volvo XC70 rides higher on its suspension setup but maintains the same 72 cubic feet of total cargo space - a huge amount of room for hauling oversized items. Skid plates, dual automatic climate control, heated leather seats, and the traditional array of Volvo safety systems (adaptive cruise control, drowsiness alert, lane departure warning, etc) are all available with the wagon.
A pair of inline six-cylinder engines are offered with the 2013 Volvo XC70. The base 3.2-liter mill is rated at 240 horses and 236 lb-ft of twist, while a turbocharged 3.0-liter engine improves to 300 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. Each can be ordered in either front-wheel or all-wheel drive trim, and a six-speed automatic handles the shifting duties regardless of the wagon's configuration. Fuel mileage for the base model is advertised as 19-mpg in city driving and 25-mpg on the highway.