The 2009 Station Wagon: A Comparison Guide of the Most Popular Models

January 27, 2012

If you're considering a 2009 station wagon, you may be interested to know which vehicles are the most popular. Fuel economy is important to consumers, along with performance and reliability, so the most popular station wagons are those that have all of these bases covered. Here are some of the best selling 2009 model station wagons along with their average MPG ratings and Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) data.

2009 Subaru Outback Sport Wagon

  • Average Fuel Economy - 22 MPG
  • MSRP - $22,295 to $32,095

Considered by many to be the best sport-utility wagon, the Subaru Outback is a stylish station wagon that can do it all. Great performance and handling, all-wheel-drive and good fuel economy are a winning combination for the Subaru Outback. It goes where other station wagons can't and is also a blast to drive.

2009 Volkswagen Passat Wagon

  • Average Fuel Economy - 22 MPG
  • MSRP - $29,690

The Volkswagen Passat Wagon offers rock solid quality and reliability and is also one of the best performing station wagons in its price class. Although slightly more expensive than lower trim models of the Outback, the Passat comes with many standard features that you have to pay extra for with the Subaru. The only drawback with the Passat is that it is not available with an all-wheel-drive option.

2009 Ford Flex

  • Average Fuel Economy - 19 MPG
  • MSRP - $28,550 to $34,960

The styling of the Ford Flex is a throwback to the Woodie station wagons of the 1940s and '50s. The Flex has more interior room than many other wagons in this price class and is able to seat seven passengers while getting reasonably good gas mileage. All-wheel drive is available as an option with higher trim levels, and the Flex comes with many standard features and accessories that cost extra with some other models in this class.

2009 Toyota Venza

  • Average Fuel Economy - 22 MPG
  • MSRP - $25,975 to $29,250

If you're looking for the perfect compromise between SUV, sedan and minivan, take a close look at the Toyota Venza. The Venza's sleek exterior and comfortable interior don't shout, "soccer mom" when you're driving on the highway. Even with all-wheel drive, the Venza still manages to get an average fuel economy of 22 miles per gallon and is one of the most highly recommended station wagons on the market.

2009 Pontiac Vibe

  • Average Fuel Economy - 28 MPG
  • MSRP - $16,735 to $21,510

The twin brother of the Toyota Matrix, the Pontiac Vibe is less expensive while retaining all of the styling and safety advantages that Toyota has to offer. The Pontiac Vibe offers an excellent resale to owners and is best in class with its impressive average fuel economy of 28 miles per gallon.

2009 BMW 3-Series Sport Wagon

  • Average Fuel Economy - 21 MPG
  • MSRP - $36,025 to $37,925

Known for its considerable power, comfort and luxury, the BMW 3-Series Sports Wagon is celebrating its 17th straight year on Car and Driver magazine's list of the 10 best vehicles. Based on engineering that has made the BMW 3-Series sedan one of the best-selling entry-level luxury cars in history, the sports wagon version is also a joy to drive.

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