BMW's Slippery Station Wagon

While it seems like a perfect SUV alternative, the 325xi Sport Wagon won't save you much money, and it doesn't handle snow and ice well

Editor's Rating:

The Good: All-wheel drive, huge sun roof, BMW handling

The Bad: Price, not great on snow and ice

The Bottom Line: A cool wagon, but not cool enough to lure buyers away from SUVs

When I lived in Germany, where station wagons are more popular than they are in the U.S., I always had the idea that I would one day buy a BMW station wagon. It seemed like a good compromise: a performance car that's more spacious and practical than a BMW sedan without the gas-guzzling wastefulness of an SUV.

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