In a more honest world, almost everyone who owns and drives an SUV or a crossover would instead be driving a wagon, sacrificing almost nothing while gaining fuel efficiency, rollover safety, and ride comfort. Fortunately, all you have to do to make that a reality is drive a wagon of your own. Here is our list of 10 of the best used wagons available for less than $20,000.
1. 2016 Subaru Outback
The 2016 Subaru Outback is an exemplar of the do-it-all class of wagon. Roomy, capable for off-road use or in inclement weather, and with great crash-test scores, the Outback is always a top pick. Thanks to its excellent ground clearance and standard all-wheel drive (AWD), it’s especially appealing for those looking to replace an SUV.
2. 2015 Volvo XC70
With its higher ride and rugged lower body panels, the 2015 Volvo XC70 looks like the light off-road-capable wagon that it is, at least when fitted with optional AWD (which was standard on 6-cylinder models). Roomy, with a practical and spacious cargo area and Volvo’s great reputation for safety, the XC70 drives like a car despite its SUV-like abilities.
3. 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E 350 Wagon
There aren’t many wagons on the market with a reputation and heritage as rich as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon, and deservedly so. A status marker, but a subtle one, the E 350 Wagon is both well-equipped and well-built throughout.
4. 2018 Subaru Impreza Wagon
A legend in the affordable all-wheel-drive segment whether you call it a wagon or a hatch, the Subaru Impreza is a go-to pick for all-weather and all-road capability on a budget. Sporty handling, plus available EyeSight driver assistance tech, make for a great practical commuter with some extra cargo space.
5. 2017 Toyota Prius V
Like a longer, funkier Toyota Prius, the Prius V wagon offers all the efficiency of its smaller sibling, but with the added practicality of more cargo space and a larger second row that slides. One caveat is there is no AWD option.
6. 2014 Acura TSX Sport Wagon
The 2014 Acura TSX Sport Wagon strikes an excellent balance between sporty handling and daily comfort, though Snowbelt drivers may be disappointed to learn AWD isn’t available. For everyone else, it offers a great combo of style, safety, and efficiency on top of its practical wagon body shape.
7. 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is frisky yet functional, great on weather-slicked roads, and even offers a manual transmission option. With standard all-wheel drive, the Alltrack can be seen as the Golf SportWagen’s outdoorsy twin.
8. 2014 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon
The 2014 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon was perhaps the highest expression of the impressive style and performance of the CTS sedan. The CTS Sport Wagon’s dynamic balance, thanks in part to a rear-wheel-drive-based drivetrain with optional AWD, complemented its dynamic look and 270-horsepower base V6 engine.
9. 2015 Ford Flex
The 2015 Ford Flex might not be the first car you think of when someone says “wagon,” but the long roof, carlike ride and handling, and lower step-in height all say wagon. It’s available with AWD, offers more powerful engine upgrades, and can be optioned with near-luxury materials and features.
10. 2018 Buick Regal TourX
Unique styling and handling closer to European tastes make the 2018 Buick Regal TourX an interesting option. It’s not as off-roady as many of the alternatives on this list, but it does offer plenty of cargo space.
Best Used Wagons Under $20,000
2016 Subaru Outback
2015 Volvo XC70
2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E 350 Wagon
2018 Subaru Impreza Wagon
2017 Toyota Prius V
2014 Acura TSX Sport Wagon
2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
2014 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon
2015 Ford Flex
2018 Buick Regal TourX