We’ve rounded up a handful of wagons with loads of attitude
By Casey Williams
Sexy wagon swagger was the hottest quality at the recent Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland, but you don’t have to wait for all of those fast rides to arrive in showrooms. These stylish and capable wagons should haul your gear and take you anywhere now.
2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premiere
Subaru, a favourite of our community, has primped and preened its flexible Outback with a new Premiere edition that rides on 18-inch wheels and delights passengers with Java Brown heated leather seats, a heated steering wheel, and EyeSight crash avoidance system utilizing stereo cameras. A 3.6-litre flat-six engine delivers 256 horsepower through standard all-wheel-drive. Ground clearance and cargo capacity rival the Jeep Grand Cherokee, just in case trails are in your future.
Base price: $41,595
2017 Volvo V90
Take Volvo’s box-square wagons and smooth edges, and apply a Scandinavian design ethos, and you’ll get the V90. Broad shoulders and vertical tail lights say Volvo, while the interior—swathed in soft leather and real wood—channels IKEA. Swipe screen infotainment, head-up display, panoramic roof, heated seats, four-zone climate control and stunning Bowers & Wilkins audio spoil everybody. Step smartly with the 316 horsepower turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine.
Base price: $59,900
2017 Mercedes-Benz E400 Wagon
Continuing 40 years of E-Wagons, the latest ’Benz keeps its third-row seat but steps up with Bermester audio, eight available wood and metal trims, and twin information screens. LED head lights/tail lights and choice of classic or sport grilles add class. Under the hood is a 329 horsepower 3.0-litre Biturbo V6 engine that takes the car from 0-100 km/h in 5.3 seconds and to 210 km/h. 4MATIC all-wheel-drive, configurable drive modes, and air suspension cap an arsenal of performance.
Base price: $73,600
2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo
Porsche debuted the 2018 Panamera Sport Turismo, a wagon version of its large sedan, in Geneva. Enthusiasts can tap into a 330 horsepower turbocharged V6, 440 horsepower twin-turbo V6, 550 horsepower twin-turbo V8, or 462 horsepower E-Hybrid. Muscular curves and big oval head lights accompany a divinely comfortable cabin. Revised styling is more large 911, less hunchback Cayman—nicely done. The top model runs 0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds and reaches 304 km/h!
Base price: $109,700
CASEY WILLIAMS is a contributing writer for Gaywheels.com. He contributes to the New York-based LGBT magazine Metrosource and the Chicago Tribune. He and his husband live in Indianapolis, where Williams contributes videos and reviews to wfyi.org, the area’s PBS/NPR station.