Station wagons seem to be a dying breed. Among the throngs of crossovers and SUVs, wagons seem to have lost their appeal – in America, at least — as other vehicles can offer more space with comparable or better fuel economy, and at a better price.
However, there is still a demand for the low-slung, cargo-carrying sedan variants, and as long as there’s demand, manufacturers are only too happy to oblige. Here are 11 awesome wagons that are still on the docket for 2014.
Since we here at Wall St. Cheat Sheet haven’t driven the vehicles in question ourselves, we turned to the automotive expertise of Edmunds.com, Car and Driver, and others for some insight as to the pros and cons of each vehicle. The following are ranked alphabetically.
1. Acura TSX Sport Wagon
Base price: $31,985
Fuel economy: 22 miles per gallon city, 30 miles per gallon highway
Pros and cons: Edmunds lauded the “impressive number of standard and technology features” on the Acura (NYSE:HMC) TSX Wagon, as well as its “spacious interior” and the sporty handling,” and the excellent build and materials quality. On the downside, Edmunds didn’t appreciate the “button-happy” center console, the “unimpressive” braking performance, and the slightly underpowered four-cylinder.
Power and drivetrain: For 2014, the V6 engine is no longer an option, leaving the wagon solely available with Honda’s 2.4-liter in-line four, which produces a decidedly anemic yet somewhat efficient 201 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque for its class.