Top Five Affordable 2010 Compact Wagons

April 19, 2010

Compact wagons are the ideal solution to having that much needed extra cargo space. There is a lot of different models available for 2010 and choosing the one that is best for you can be confusing. However, it doesn't have to be a difficult choice as there are some that are considered top of the class. You will also find that you don't have to invest a great deal of money to get the convenience and luxury of a compact wagon.

2010 Chevrolet HHR
At a starting price of $18,720 this is certainly an affordable compact wagon. Chevrolet hasn’t compromised on style when it manufactured this vehicle. This car looks good for a wagon. The 2.2-liter four cylinder engine comes as standard with the base model and gives 155 horsepower. Fuel economy is good with the HHR getting 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The performance from the engine is not entirely sporty, but it doesn't have to be as this type of car is bought for its practicality, not speed. There is plenty of room on the inside to seat five people and it also has a lot of cargo room too. This car boasts 57.7 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded, which is more than enough for a good load of cargo.

2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagon
The Jetta has one of the more expensive pricetags of its type, but it is still in the affordable range. At a starting price of $19,510 you get a lot of car for your money. If you want style and great performance then the Jetta Sportwagon is an ideal choice. Commuting and hauling are what this vehicle was made for and most reviewers agree that is a fun wagon to drive. The car has a few engine choices: the SE and S models have a 2.5-liter engine with five cylinders that puts out 170 horsepower. It has a variety of safety features including Anti Lock Brakes and Engine Brake Assist.

2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring
It's not the fastest in the class, but at a starting price of $15,995 it’s most definitely one of the more affordable models. The Elantra Touring has a lot of passenger room and there’s also a good deal of cargo space too. The vehicle has a 2.0-liter four cylinder engine that has a sedate 138 horsepower output. This wagon was not built to be sporty, instead Hyundai have put more effort into providing a practical and well-built vehicle for the average buyer.

2010 Mini Clubman
In the world of affordable compact wagons the Mini Clubman is one of the classics. It's a vehicle that has not and will not ever go out of style. The design is classy and elegant with a hint of quirkiness. It’s basically just a stretched out Mini Cooper with a lot more attitude. The Clubman starts at a manufacturer’s price of $20,450 and is sure to get a few head turning looks on your travels. There’s a lack of cargo space and not much room for the average person to maneuver inside the vehicle. However, the fun drive and great handling is what a compact wagon owner is going to find suitable with this vehicle.

2010 Dodge Caliber
The Caliber has 48 cubic-feet of space when the back seats are down, and 18.5 with the seats up. Overall, the upgrades to the interior are appreciated by reviewer, although they say the interior lacks any kind of special features. Only one other engine is offered for 2010: a 172 horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder. With a five-speed manual it achieves 23 mpg city / 29 mpg highway, and with the CVT an unimpressive 21 mpg city / 25 mpg highway.

Compact wagons are great for long journeys when you need more space for all of your cargo. There are many on the market, but you won't go wrong if you choose one of these options. Especially when you know how affordable they are and that you will be getting a lot for your money.

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