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    Introduction

    There was a time when station wagons were a perfectly acceptable form of transportation for families and empty nesters alike. But then Americans decided en-masse that the wagon was uncool, instead opting for gas-guzzling crossovers and sport utility vehicles. Too bad, because wagons drive more like cars and they typically have better fuel economy than SUVs. But while most automakers don't offer many wagons here in the U.S., you can still find plenty of reasonably new samples on the used car market. We scoped out 10 top used wagons under $15,000 and we have a feeling that you'll like what we've found.

  • 2003 Audi A4 Avant

    2003 Audi A4 Avant

    Price: $13,997
    Mileage: 35,145
    If You Bought It New: $33,440
    Engine: 3.0-liter V6, 220 hp
    JD Power Dependability Rating: 3.5

    Selling Points: The A4 Avant is a dream wagon. It drives like a sports sedan and yet it has plenty of room for you and your stuff. Plus, it’s all-wheel-drive system can tackle inclement weather like an SUV.

  • 2006 Dodge Magnum R/T

    2006 Dodge Magnum R/T

    Price: $13,971
    Mileage: 62,734
    If You Bought It New: $30,855
    Engine: 5.7-liter V8, 340 hp
    JD Power Dependability Rating: 2.5

    Selling Points: You won't find 340 horsepower under the hood of many station wagons, but the Magnum isn't your run-of-the-mill family hauler. It drives like a muscle car, but one that can swallow as much cargo as many compact crossovers.

  • 2005 Mazda6 Touring

    2005 Mazda6 Touring

    Price: $13,999
    Mileage: 46,304
    If You Bought It New: $26,995
    Engine: 3.0-liter V6, 220 hp
    JD Power Dependability Rating: 2

    Selling Points: The Mazda6 wagon didn't sell like gangbusters, but it sure does look nice. It drives great, too, though reliability has not been its strong point.

  • 2006 Saab 9-3 Aero SportCombi

    2006 Saab 9-3 Aero SportCombi

    Price: $14,988
    Mileage: 50,487
    If You Bought It New: $32,900
    Engine: 2.8-liter V6, 250 hp
    JD Power Dependability Rating: 2

    Selling Points: Sure, the 9-3 wagon is a bit quirky, but it also has gobs of power and a nice interior. The big concern, however, is with reliability.

  • 2007 Volkswagen Passat 2.0T

    2007 Volkswagen Passat 2.0T

    Price: $14,118
    Mileage: 31,726
    If You Bought It New: $26,395
    Engine: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 200 hp
    JD Power Dependability Rating: 2

    Selling Points: Volkswagen knows how to make a roomy and efficient station wagon, and the Passat certainly fits the bill. The turbo-charged 2.0-liter engine is fantastic and makes this Passat quite fun to drive.

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