The 17 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.

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 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 comes with nearly 300 horsepower. If you can find one, don't hesitate to snatch it up.

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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 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 for sale on eBay right now.

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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 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. has an automatic, and you can own it.

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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 becomes legal for US import this year, so get ready, Audi fans.

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In the world of hotrod station wagons, only one can top the E63 S—the Audi RS6 Avant performance. Something else may beat it in the future, but for now, its 597-horsepower engine makes it the most powerful wagon in the world. The only bad thing is that Audi won't sell it in the U.S.
Audi RS6 Avant

While we'll have to wait a bit longer to be able to import the RS6, it still deserves a spot on this list. The car packs over 600 horsepower and Audi's signature Quattro all-wheel drive system in a big, comfy wagon bodystyle.

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Audi S4 Avant (B6)

The biggest thing about the last two Audis was that you couldn't buy them in the US when new. But with the B6-generation, you could. It had a V-8 engine, 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.

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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.

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Dodge Magnum SRT8

The Magnum is based on the Charger, and received the same Hemi V8 in its SRT version. If it was still around today, it probably would've gotten the Hellcat treatment. Too bad. can be yours for under $15,000.

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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 V8, 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.
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 engine. A V-10 wagon? Yep, we can get on board with that.

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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 current M5), and has a lot more space in the trunk.

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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 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. looks clean, and you can own it right now.

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Subaru Levorg

The Levorg is basically the new WRX wagon Subaru won't sell to you. 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 . If you happen to make a mistake and put it into a snowbank, you probably won't break anything, either.
Volvo 240

It might not be much of a performance car, but the 240 is a great wagon all the same. Boxy looks and a nearly unbreakable body have made it legend among the wagon faithful. is a clean California car, and it's for sale right now on eBay.

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