Introduction
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Introduction

Station wagons have been a slowly dying breed in the U.S., but in Europe they're as popular as crossovers and SUVs are here. Unfortunately, the wagon's lack of popularity means that most automakers don't make many. But there are still plenty of two-box specials coming out of Europe that will fit your needs quite nicely. We searched for 10 used wagons under $20,000 and we found plenty of luxury, utility and value. We think you'll like what we've found.
2005 Audi A4 Avant

2005 Audi A4 Avant

Price: $19,599
Mileage: 48,851
If You Bought It New: $30,450
Engine: 2.0-liter four cylinder, 200 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 4

Selling Points: The A4 Avant carries roughly the same footprint as the sedan, but with a whole lot more cargo room. We'd add that the Avant – that’s Audi for “station wagon” – may even be better looking than the sedan, and that never hurts.
2007 BMW 328i

2007 BMW 328i

Price: $19,950
Mileage: 50,307
If You Bought It New: $36,100
Engine: 3.0-liter inline six, 230 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 4.5

Selling Points: The BMW 3-Series wagon may be one of the most fun-to-drive station wagons ever to hit the road, and it rewards its owners with far more space than the better-selling sedan. The JD Power dependability rating of 4.5? That's icing on the cake.
2006 Dodge Magnum R/T

2006 Dodge Magnum R/T

Price: $18,991
Mileage: 27,271
If You Bought It New: $31,315
Engine: 5.7-liter V8, 340 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 2.5

Selling Points: The Dodge Magnum is one of the bigger wagons on this list, and it's definitely the most powerful. And we love the fact that the Magnum is relatively rare. Chrysler stopped producing the wagon back in 2008 because it wasn’t selling and so there aren't many on the road.
2006 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

2006 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Price: $18,491
Mileage: 43,818
If You Bought It New: $52,300
Engine: 3.5-liter V6, 268 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 3.5

Selling Points: The E-Class wagon is elegant-looking, roomy and luxurious. That's a terrific combination for any wagon, and it doesn't hurt to have the Tri-Star on the grille.
2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Price: $17,998
Mileage: 44,550
If You Bought It New: $34,150
Engine: 2.6-liter V6 168 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 4.5

Selling Points: If the E-Class is too big for you then the C-Class should fit like a glove. While not as powerful as the other wagons on this list, the C Class does carry a JD Power Dependability Rating of 4.5, a big plus for any used vehicle.
2008 Saab 9-3 SportCombi

2008 Saab 9-3 SportCombi

Price: $19,998
Mileage: 20,243
If You Bought It New: $29,615
Engine: 2.0-liter four cylinder, 210 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 3.5

Selling Points: The Saab 9-3 SportCombi is underrated in almost every way. It looks great, drives well and since it's a Saab you're virtually guaranteed that your neighbors won't have one.
2005 Subaru Legacy GT

2005 Subaru Legacy GT

Price: $17,991
Mileage: 34,455
If You Bought It New: $27,245
Engine: 2.5-liter four cylinder, 250 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 2.5

Selling Points: Subaru drivers are a different breed of car owner, and that's a compliment. There is something to be said for buying for the sake of utility and value instead of bling. But in the case of the Legacy wagon it actually looks good, too.
2009 Volkswagen Jetta

2009 Volkswagen Jetta

Price: $19,995
Mileage: 14,578
If You Bought It New: $21,425
Engine: 2.5-liter five cylinder, 170 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 3

Selling Points: The Jetta is a well executed wagon that doesn't carry the luxury stigma of many of the other vehicles on this list. For $20,000 you can get one that is nearly new and with very low miles.
2006 Volvo V70

2006 Volvo V70

Price: $19,440
Mileage: 41,000
If You Bought It New: $29,805
Engine: 2.4-liter five cylinder, 168 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 3.5

Selling Points: Volvo has been making wagons forever, and the V70 may be the best of the breed. Safe, reliable and a lot larger inside than it looks, this wagon actually has some attractive curves, unlike the boxy Volvos of the past.
2007 Volvo V50

2007 Volvo V50

Price: $19,651
Mileage: 61,671
If You Bought It New: $29,590
Engine: 2.5-liter inline five, 218 horsepower
JD Power Dependability Rating: 3

Selling Points: The V50 is a lot like the V70, only smaller and better looking. And since the V50 is smaller that means you can get the powerful, turbocharged T5 model with relatively low miles for under $20,000.


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