If you're looking for the best used station wagon, many popular previously owned station wagons cost up 20, 30 or even 40 percent less than a new one, and often have less than 15,000 miles on the odometer. Here are some of the most popular used station wagons along with MPG rating information and general pricing details.
BMW 3-Series Sport Wagon
The BMW 3 Series sport Wagon is one of the most reliable entry-level luxury station wagons ever produced. In fact, with an average fuel economy of 21 MPG, it has been listed as one of Car and Driver Magazine's 10 best vehicles for 17 years in a row. How much can you save by purchasing a slightly used BMW 3 Series station wagon? At between $30,000 and $32,000, a low-mileage 2009 model will keep about $6,000 to $7,000 in your pocket.
Another wagon that you should look up is the Dodge Magnum. These vehicles were manufactured and sold from 2005 to 2007 and offer great cargo space, comfortable seating and different engines options. Some of these engine options include a 2.7-liter V6 engine, a 3.5 liter V6 engine and a 340hp Hemi V8 engine.
The twin brother of the Toyota Matrix, the Pontiac Vibe is considered to be a much better value. The Vibe offers excellent fuel economy for a gasoline powered vehicle, at 28 MPG, and is considered to be very quick and fun to drive. Because the Pontiac Vibe retains its value fairly well, the savings with a 2009 model aren't as great as they are with some other vehicles. Priced between $14,000 and $16,000, a 2009 Pontiac Vibe with about 15,000 miles on it will save you about $5,000 over the cost of a brand new one.
The Subaru Legacy makes a reliable family wagon. This vehicle has an all wheel drive system that offers excellent stability and traction control. The interiors of these vehicles are made with high quality materials and buyers get to choose from different engine options. Look for the Subaru Legacy models that were manufactured and sold between 2005 and 2007.
Subaru Outback Sport Wagon
With a fuel economy of 22 MPG, the Subaru Outback sport wagon has been rated the best sport utility wagon in America for several years running. Better still, many consumers and professional reviewers consider it to be the best station wagon you can buy at any price. A brand-new and nicely equipped Subaru Outback will set you back about $33,000. A 2009 model with low miles will save you about $9,000, at between $22,000 and $24,000.
Volkswagen Jetta Sport Wagon TDI
A rock solid performer for many years, the Volkswagen Jetta Sport Wagon TDI is one of the most reliable vehicles on the road. The Jetta TDI wagon is consistently rated among the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the market, getting 34 miles-per-gallon, and has received many rave reviews from owners and reviewers alike. At a price between $20,000 and $22,00, you'll save about $8,000 over the price of a new Jetta.
Volvo is known for making some of the safest and most reliable vehicles on the road, and the Volvo V50 is no exception. Well received because of its ample power, great handling and roomy interior, and 24 MPG, the V50 has become a favorite among station wagon owners. A brand new Volvo V50 will cost you about $33,000. At between $22,000 and $23,000, you save about $10,000 when you buy a 2009 model with 12,000 to 15,000 miles on the odometer.
The Volvo V70 was an improved version of the Volvo 850. First generation models were manufactured and sold between 1997 and 2000. Consider one of the third generation models that come equipped with a blind spot sensor system, whiplash prevention system, curtain airbags and daytime running lights. The third generation models have been manufactured and sold since 2007.