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Top 10 Low Horsepower Wagons

#10 2016 Ford C-Max Energi

141 hp

The standard features of the Ford C-Max Energi SEL include 2.0L I-4 141hp engine, 2-speed CVT transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 17" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, AdvanceTrac w/Roll Stability Control electronic stability.

Vehicles that are designed for families don't always need to be fast or powerful. For a lot of parents, especially those on a tight budget, safety and utility are much higher priorities than being able to zip around quickly. And very few vehicles are as representative of the concept of "family" as the classic, humble, traditional station wagon. It's true, a lot of the station wagons of recent years have taken a turn toward the upscale, borrowing the styling and features of sport utility vehicles in an attempt to convert SUV customers. This approach has brought a fresh breath of air and some much needed attention to the station wagon market, but it's also jacked up prices to be out of reach for a lot of families. The upside is, the classic and more modest wagons are still around, too, and they're great for people looking to upgrade to a newer vehicle. Check out the top 10 low horsepower wagons for options that won't bankrupt your family with unnecessary, gas guzzling excess speed.

The least powerful wagons are perfect if your travels usually don't take you far for city streets. After all, why pay for a huge engine that's a lot more than what you really need? And though the low horsepower station wagons aren't necessarily the most efficient family vehicles on the market, they're likely to get consistently better fuel economy than the high powered wagon variety, as well as competing types of vehicles, such as crossovers, sport utility vehicles, and minivans. Since wagons are among the smallest of family oriented vehicles, the least powerful station wagons are likely to have efficiency advantages that will result in a lower overall cost of ownership. Another advantage to the wagons with low horsepower is the perspective, and the experience of driving a car, instead of a tall platformed vehicle or a truck. So if you're shopping amongst cars with least amount of power, it's worth giving the latest station wagons a look.