For that slice of U.S. buyers who want added cargo versatility but find minivans too soccer-mom-ish, and who seek all-wheel drive but think SUVs are a bit on the chunky side, there’s the station wagon. Few folks call them station wagons anymore, and even fewer automakers offer them in their lineups. But Volvo, with a long “wagonmaster” history dating back to the mid-1950s, has several 2020 models worth taking a look at.
The V60 is the brand’s mid-size wagon and the V60 Cross Country is the version with enhanced off-pavement capability courtesy of a taller ride height and standard all-wheel drive. Other Cross Country features that imbue it with added off-road functionality include standard hill-descent control, body sill protection, recontoured bumpers, underbody shielding, and a specific off-road driving mode. Including the $995 destination charge, the five-passenger 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country is priced at $46,095. It’s also one of the available models that buyers can choose as part of Volvo’s subscription program. Pricewise, the V60 Cross Country goes head-to-head against the Audi A4 Allroad, and it slots between more luxuriously optioned versions of the Subaru Outback and the more expensive (and larger) Volvo V90 Cross Country, Audi A6 Allroad, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon.