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These are Not Your Grandfather’s Station Wagons

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For many people the mere mention of a station wagon brings to mind images of ugly, wood-covered boats on wheels straight out of the 70s and movies like National Lampoon’s Vacation. Modern station wagons are much more like crossovers and you won’t find any with wood panels. Station wagons today feature options like all-wheel-drive and sporty styling along with improved fuel economy and entertainment packages.

Here are 7 of the best new station wagons for driving people and cargo:

2014 Acura TSX Sport Wagon – MSRP $31,985 - Seating for five with leather seats, power-adjustable, heated front seats, satellite radio, a seven-speaker stereo, Bluetooth and a USB port are all standard on the Acura TSX Sport Wagon. Thirty feet of cargo space, superior handling, and Acura styling make this a nice family ride.

2014 Audi Allroad – MSRP$40,700 - All-wheel-drive and loads of standard features including eighteen-inch alloy wheels, power heated folding mirrors, panoramic sunroof, and LED-lined Xenon headlights set this wagon apart from competitors as a luxurious and sporty option to an SUV.

2014 Cadillac CTS Wagon –MSRP $42,195 - The CTS Wagon has a 3.0L direct-injected engine that produces 270 horsepower and an available 3.6L engine that puts out 318-hp. Redesigned for 2014, the CTS has a wide stance, responsive handling, and a luxurious interior.

2014 Subaru Outback – MSRP $23,495 – The Outback is another all-wheel-drive vehicle that is offered in four different models with two different engines with either 173 or 256 horsepower. Roof rails are standard on the Outback and 34.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats is more than some SUVs.

2014 Toyota Prius V – MSRP $26,750 – The Prius is has been the standard-bearer for hybrids since it was launched. Seating for five and reclining rear seats along with the same cargo capacity behind the rear seats as the Subaru make this a car to consider if you need space and fuel economy.

2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen – MSRP $20,795 – Volkswagen has packed the Jetta SportWagen with standard equipment that includes Bluetooth hands-free calling, heated front seats, power windows and locks, cruise control, a trip computer and an 8-speaker sound system with auxiliary input. The car is offered with either a 2.5L 5-cylinder engine or the 2.0L diesel offered in the TDI sedan.

2014 Volvo XC70 – MSRP $36,500 – All-wheel-drive, safety and smooth handling set the XC70 apart from other station wagons. The XC70 is available with either a 3.2L inline-6 producing 240-hp or a 3.0L turbocharged inline-6 producing 300-hp and both deliver plenty of passing power along with nimble handling.

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