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The 20 Best Wagons Ever Made

Station wagons are some of the coolest cars on earth. Here are some of your favorites.

For some wonderful reason, Cadillac decided to build a wagon version of its second-generation CTS. And then it decided to sell a V version of that wagon. The CTS-V Sport Wagon never made it past that one generation, but for a few years, we were blessed with a 556-hp American station wagon.
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Station wagons offer the best of both worlds. They have the agility and style of their sedan counterparts, with the added practicality of a hatchback rear. Here are some of the best wagons on earth.

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Saab
Saab 9-3 Turbo X

The 9-3 Turbo X is the rarest car on this list—just a handful were built, and even fewer came with manual transmissions. It looks awesome, and offers nearly 300 horsepower. If you can find one, don't hesitate to snatch it up.

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Holden
Holden Commodore Sportwagon

We in America love to fawn over the sedan and Ute variants of Holden's Commodore, but did you know it also offered a wagon version? It's rear-wheel drive, just like the rest of the lineup, and could be optioned with a V-8.

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"Cadillac's wagon was brutal. It was out there to kick ass and look good. At the same time, it wasn't shy about being a station wagon. It ticked every box right away."

 Photograph by Robert Kerian
Cadillac
Cadillac CTS-V Wagon

Supercharged V-8 engine? Check. Manual transmission? Check. Rear-wheel drive? Check. Wagon body? Check. If you're looking for a car that truly checks all the boxes, it's hard to go wrong with the old CTS-V Wagon. Here's a manual version for sale on eBay right now.

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Volkswagen
Volkswagen Golf R

Did you know VW makes a wagon version of its top-range Golf R? Featuring the same 288-horsepower four-cylinder and all-wheel drive, we're sure it's a hoot to drive. Sadly, it's not sold in America. But it's nice to know it exists.

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Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR

If you thought the Evo IX was cool before, we're sure you're going to love this car. It's a wagon version of the high-performance all-wheel drive sedan, sold exclusively in Japan. It's not old enough to import yet, but when it is...

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Volvo
Volvo 850R

Some consider the 850R the true beginning of Volvo performance cars, offering a turbocharged five-cylinder engine, real corning grip, and strong braking. It remains one of the coolest Volvos out there.

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Volvo
Volvo V70R

Of course, the 850R isn't the only cool Volvo performance wagon. There was also the V70R, which made 300 horsepower and had an optional six-speed manual transmission. This one has an automatic, and you can own it.

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Chevrolet
Chevrolet Bel-Air Nomad

Sleek looks and available two-door body style meant the Nomad was an instant hit in Chevy's lineup starting in the 1950s. Even today, the Nomad is one of Chevy's most sought-after vintage models. Here's one in need of a restoration you can own right now.

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Audi RS2

Though it may wear an Audi badge, many of the RS2's parts are actually sourced from Porsche. Hell, it even has the wheels from a 964. It's legal for US import this year, so get to it, Audi fans.

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Audi RS 6 Avant

The new RS 6 packs nearly 600 horsepower and Audi's signature Quattro all-wheel drive system in a big, comfy wagon body style. And unlike previous iterations, it'll actually be for sale in America.

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Audi
Audi S4 Avant (B6)

Traditionally, Audi hasn't brought its wast wagons to the US. But with the B6-generation, you could. It had a V-8, and could be optioned with a manual. The ultimate all-weather daily-driver? Maybe. Just be mindful of that engine—it has a tendency to fail at low miles unless you get the timing chain replaced. Here's one you can own right now.

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Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon

Though the E63 was given all-wheel drive, the latest iteration has a built-in drift mode that sends all the power to the rear wheels. Perfect for those slide-filled runs to the grocery store. This one's up for grabs on eBay now.

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Dodge
Dodge Magnum SRT8

The Magnum is based on the Charger, and received the same Hemi V-8 in its SRT version. If it was still around today, it probably would've gotten the Hellcat treatment. Too bad. This used one can be yours for under $13,000.

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BMW M5 Touring (E34)

Like the CTS-V, the E34-generation M5 Touring checks all the boxes. But instead of a supercharged V-8, it uses a motorsport-derived high-revving straight-six.

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Its design was controversial when it was first introduced, but the E60 BMW 5 Series has aged much better than we thought. And in wagon guise, it looks even better. Packing a healthy 500 horsepower, the M5 Touring is also the only V10-powered car on this list.
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BMW M5 Touring (E61)

The E34 wasn't the only M5 to be blessed with a wagon variant. The E60 (or E61 in wagon trim) was also offered as a Touring variant in Europe. Like the sedan, it came with a 500-horsepower naturally aspirated V-10. A V-10 wagon? Yep, we can get on board with that.

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Alpina
Alpina B5 Biturbo

Making fast long-roof BMWs isn't just for the company's M division. Tuning company Alpina does it too, and in some cases, it does the job better. The V-8-powered B5 Biturbo shown here makes 608 horsepower (more than the base M5), and has a lot more space in the trunk.

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Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake

Mercedes never sold the wagon version of the CLS63 AMG in the US, and that's a real shame. Just look how pretty it is.

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Buick
Buick Roadmaster

Buick's legendary body-on-frame wagon has become a point of nostalgia in recent years, and rightfully so. This thing was the hallmark of any great family road trip in the 1990s. This one looks clean, and you can own it right now.

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Subaru
Subaru Levorg

The Levorg is basically the new WRX wagon Subaru won't sell to you. Like the Evo, it's a Japan-only affair, and a pretty one at that.

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Not everyone in Vermont drives a Volvo 240, but sometimes it sure can feel like it. The 240 is the kind of car that will last far longer than it has any right to, and if you're looking for a winter beater, that's a huge plus. If you happen to make a mistake and put it into a snowbank, you probably won't break anything, either.
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Volvo 240

It might not be much of a performance car, but the 240 is a great wagon all the same. Boxy looks and incredible durability have made it legend among the wagon faithful. This one is in great condition, and it's for sale right now on eBay.

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