Station wagons have not gotten the patronage they deserve, and have been supplanted by SUVs, which are essentially bigger, fuel-guzzling station wagons elevated higher off the ground.
Every family you see is chauffeured around in a large SUV. People appear to believe that is the only option.
Meanwhile, the best all-wheel drive wagons provide all of the capabilities that the vast majority of people expect from a sport utility vehicle while also being more fuel-efficient and easier to drive.
Furthermore, most wagons are more attractive, cost less in many circumstances, are less expensive to insure, and are more enjoyable to drive.
For practicality and some off-road capability. Crossover-style raised wagons are a great alternative and while they can still drive you over a rough field or rutted road with ease, they’re better to drive on-road and actually pretty stylish.
They are essentially the wagon versions of different cars which have gained extra ride height and plastic cladding on the outside to protect them from scratches in their most vulnerable points.
These vehicles usually have standard all-wheel drive and are usually a higher trim level, so they are not cheap (compared to the vehicle they’re based on) but they also come with a lot of equipment.
Audi’s engineering team had taken their time to give the Allroad the height of about 7.1-inches of ground clearance which it requires while its Quattro all-wheel-drive system, gives the Audi an impressive amount of capability on trails.
Power comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 220 horsepower and 258 ft-lbs of torque.
An eight-speed automatic transmission with a manual-shift capability is standard equipment.
Other standard features include tri-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, and a power tailgate. Pricing starts at $42,400.
The Ford Flex Build-up looks a bit confusing as to which category of cars it belongs, I will tell you for a fact that it’s a purposefully built wagon with so much versatility.
Possessing a 3.5-liter V6 engine making 287 horsepower and 254 ft-lbs of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is the standard offering.
To get an all-wheel-drive powertrain you’ll opt for the Flex SEL or Limited trim levels. Pricing starts at $33,850 for Flex SEL with all-wheel drive.
2021 Volvo V60
Volvo has been around for a while and has gained the love and trust of most families based on their production efficiency and performance.
The V60 comes with all the legacies of the Volvo brand.
Its sleek body styling feels more upscale than your average people-hauler, with a gorgeous interior that emphasizes Scandinavian design.
The Volvo V60 is a 5-seater vehicle that comes in 4 trim levels. The most popular style is the T8 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid Polestar AWD, which starts at $68,395 and comes with a Plug-In Hybrid 2.0L I4 S/C and Turbo engine and All Wheel Drive.
This V60 is estimated to deliver 30 MPG combined.
2021 Porsche Panamera
Take nothing away from The Porsche Panamera with its expertise in comfort and luxury. This 5-seaterMarvel comes in 14 trim levels, accelerates and handles very much like a sports car.
Its sleek four-door coupe design conceals a practical hatchback—a wagon is available for those wanting even more space.
Inside, the plush cabin seats four in total comfort, with a wealth of tech amenities and options for personalization.
With a 2.9L V6 Turbo engine and All Wheel Drive. This Panamera is estimated to deliver 18 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway.
VW GOLF ALLTRACK
But you don’t need to spend over $30,000 on an all-wheel-drive crossover wagon that is very capable and feels plush inside – the VW Golf Alltrack ticks those boxes with a starting price of $25,955.
Like any modern Golf, it punches well above its weight in terms of premium feel and really offers all the off-road capability you’d ever need if you do most of your driving in town or on the highway.
It is especially good to drive on road, despite riding one inch higher compared to regular models, it corners quite flat and is actually quite a bit of fun to throw around a twisty road.
In the US, it’s only offered with a 1.8-liter turbo-four with 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque which it sends to all four wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
PEUGEOT 508 RXH
Peugeot is another brand that comes with class, Elegance and with amazing performance. With 174 horsepower from the 2.0-liter diesel engine sent to the front wheels.
The hybrid adds an electric motor on the rear axle to provide almost 200 horsepower and all-wheel drive.
Technology such as parking sensors, heated door mirrors, electric windows, adaptive LED headlights, and keyless start and entry.
The interior is stylishly decorated with cruise control, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, electrically adjustable and heated front seats, head-up display and Peugeot’s 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system complete with DAB radio, reversing camera, sat-nav, Bluetooth and USB connectivity.
There is a lot to like about the RXH. it looks unique for what it is, the hybrid powertrain provides good performance and efficiency, and the interior feels surprisingly upmarket, all priced new from just under $50,000.
2021 Mercedes Benz E450 All-Terrain
Considered to be one of the best in auto production, Mercedes continue to impress the market with its classical and extraordinary models.
The Mercedes Benz E450 is more of a road conqueror than an off-roader despite its ability to literally rise to the occasion with its adjustable air suspension.
The ride height is already 1.2-inches higher than its predecessor and it can slightly increase ground clearance by raising the suspension in the Off-Road drive mode and automatically adapt the 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system for rough terrain.
A total output of 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, is the latest 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6-cylinder that gets a temporary power boost from the mild-hybrid system that can add as much as 21 additional horsepower to the mix when such power is demanded.
The engine is mated to a 9-speed transmission and sends power to all four wheels creating a smooth and seamless experience in power delivery.
An experience with any of it product is one that is cherished for a lifetime.
What comes to mind once the name Lincoln MKT is mentioned is Comfortable, luxurious, and a well-finished automobile with high-quality materials. Lincoln MKT.
The standard kit includes adaptive xenon headlights, Sync voice command, mobile WiFi, a rearview camera, a power rear liftgate, keyless entry and ignition.
Options include self-parking, heated and ventilated rear seats, and smart cruise control. To get all-wheel drive with the Lincoln MKT, you’ll order the optional EcoBoost 365-horsepower turbocharged V6 with 350 ft-lbs of torque.
A six-speed automatic transmission completes the powertrain. Pricing for the Lincoln MKT V6 EcoBoost AWD starts at $45,045.
The structural Build-up of Venza creates so much room for disagreement among enthusiasts as to which category the Venza perfectly fits into.
From all indications, the Toyota Venza is a wagon offering a world-class design capability and performance with its all-wheel-drive Venza with the 181-horsepower 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine and 182 ft-lbs of torque or with the 3.5-liter V6 producing 268 horsepower and 246 ft-lbs of torque.
Both engines are teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard features include automatic headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated exterior mirrors. Venza’s all-wheel-drive pricing starts at $30,365.