The Family Car Guide: 2011 Luxury Wagons, Part Two

September 29, 2010

Continuing our two-part series on the 2011 luxury wagons, here we’ll look at the wagon offerings from Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo. Since they’re luxury makes, they naturally come  with a wide variety and number of standard and optional features.

Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon – The 5-passenger mid-size 2011 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon is available in five trims, with base MSRPs ranging from $38,265 to $52,940. The base trim comes with standard all-wheel drive (AWD) and a 270-hp 3.0-liter direct injection V-6 engine. Other trims feature the 304-hp 3.6-liter direct injection V-6. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The base model achieves an EPA-estimated 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway, while fuel economy numbers for other trims are 18/26. Notable features include standard power liftgate with memory height, fold-flat rear seats with 58 cubic feet of cargo space, modular under-floor storage, hand-cut-and-sewn seating accents, optional Sapele wood trim, optional heated/ventilated seats, leather seating surfaces, Bose 5.1-surround sound audio, 8-inch diagonal light-up touch-screen navigation system with voice activation, available rearview camera. Safety features include eight airbags, four-wheel ABS, four-wheel disc brakes, electronic stability and traction control systems, OnStar automated crash response and a slew of OnStar safety/diagnostics services, and optional rear parking assist.

Mercedes-Benz E350 4Matic Wagon – The single wagon offering from Mercedes-Benz for 2011 is the E350 4Matic Wagon, which carries a starting MSRP of $56,200. Powered by the 268-hp 3.5-liter V-6 engine mated to seven-speed automatic transmission and featuring 4Matic AWD, the full-size E350 4Matic Wagon seats five adults and two children in three rows and has 20.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity with the second row down. EPA fuel economy is estimated at 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway. The automaker’s tagline is that is doesn’t just do some things well, but it does everything well. Considering the nine standard active airbags, electronic stability control, and standard or optional features such as brake assist, active lane keeping assist and active blind spot assist, adapative Bi-Xenon headlights with active curve illumination, night vision assist with passenger detection, attention assist driver drowsiness monitor – safety is something the automaker pays a great deal of attention to. Since this is a Mercedes-Benz, the array of luxury features standard and optional are extensive.

Volvo V50 Sport Wagon – The compact premium wagon from Scandinavian automaker Volvo is the V50 Sport Wagon. For 2011, the five-passenger front-wheel drive (FWD) V50 is available in T5 and R-Design, with starting MSRPs at $39,000 and $32,850, respectively. Powered by the 227-hp turbocharged five-cylinder engine, five-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode, the V50 achieves an Epa-ESTIMATED 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway. Safety features abound, including preventive ABS with electronic brake assist, electronic stability and traction control, dual Xenon gas discharge headlights with active bending lights, and protective safety including eight airbags, side impact protection and whiplash protection system and more. Maximum cargo capacity is 62.6 cubic feet.

Be sure to check out part one of The Family Car Guide: 2011 Luxury Wagons.

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