Luxury and station wagons doesn’t have to be an oxymoron when you consider the range and variety of best luxury station wagons offered by today’s automakers. Generally priced over $30,000, luxury station wagons aim to offer consumers a luxurious and sporty alternative to SUVs. To that end, they largely succeed, some more so than others.

Here are three top picks for Best Luxury Station Wagons:

  • Cadillac CTS Sport WagonCadillac markets the CTS Sport Wagon as a vehicle that offers the sportiness of  the CTS sedan and the utility of a capable SUV – and rightfully so. The CTS Sport Wagon for 2010 is nothing if not a terrific example of exemplary driving dynamics with two powerful engines and available all-wheel drive coupled with numerous luxury features. In fact, Consumer Guide named CTS (including Sport Wagon) a 2010 Best Buy, and Car and Driver gives it a 10Best accolade for 2010. Editors at Car and Driver comment: “The CTS manages to blend refinement, driving dynamics, comfort, and performance in a refreshing, even exhilarating way that satisfies enthusiast drivers and luxury seekers simultaneously…For 2010, the sedan is joined by a new Sport Wagon that maintains the connected and rewarding feel of the sedan but adds practicality and arguably an even more stylish appearance.” Look for starting manufacturers suggested retail prices (MSRPs) from $38,265 to $53,265.
  • Audi A4 AvantFeaturing standard Audi Quattro all-wheel drive, the 2010 Audi A4 Avant is one luxury station wagon that commands attention on all fronts. It’s supremely quiet, features a luxurious cabin, attractive exterior design, and provides sporty and comfortably handling on the road. Top-ranked safety ratings (including being named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) make the A4 Avant a natural choice for families seeking a solid but luxurious station wagon. Starting MSRP for the 2010 A4 Avant is $35,350. Kelley Blue Book remarks: “While Audi’s lineup has increased over the years, the A4 sedan and wagon (Avant, in Audi-speak) has remained the German automaker’s volume leader, thanks to its ability to blend spirited driving performance with supreme passenger comfort.”
  • BMW 3-Series Sports WagonThe driving dynamics of all BMW 3-Series models – including the 3-Series Sports Wagon – make it the benchmark in this class. Available for 2010 in 328i and 328i xDrive models, MSRPs start at $35,700 and $37,700, respectively. Both are powered by a 230-hp 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine mated to a standard 6-speed manual transmission (automatic is optional). Consumers can expect comfortable seats, smooth performance, first-rate safety scores, and the prestige of the BMW brand. Edmunds, which comments that 3-Series is nearing the end of this model’s production run, says, “The 3-Series’ long-running double act is truly extraordinary. It speaks the language of driving enthusiasts, yet its upscale image and comfortable interior give it unrivaled mass appeal.”

Still more makes to consider for Best Luxury Station Wagons include Volvo XC70 and V70, Audi A6 Wagon, and BMW 5-Series Wagon.

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