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Station-wagon-like cars with great visibility

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Station-wagon-like cars with great visibility

Hi auto experts,

We drive a 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring (Hyundai's station wagon-like car discontinued after that model year). We are looking ahead to what our next car purchase might be.

We love the form factor of the Elantra Touring -- compact but with lots of level trunk space, easy to load and unload -- and also the great visibility out the sides and back. I am tall and my partner is short, and we both found that this model had the best visibility (through the rear and side windows) of several that we tried when we were last car-shopping.

What is on the market these days that has a similar form-factor (not a big SUV), with great visibility (i.e. large vertical windows)? The Mazda 5 perhaps comes to mind... Bonus points if there is something that meets those requirements in the hybrid world, as we are considering that option as well.
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Subaru Forester, Audi Allroad, Volvo XC40/XC60. All may be too SUV-like for you though, as they've all moved away from 'wagon' and closer to 'SUV' in recent years.
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Subaru Outback. It's a mid-sizer but not difficult to drive at all. As as per a typical Subaru, visibility is fantastic. Lots of room for a family of four.
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VW All-track, C43 wagon...but don't forget the Corolla hatchback which is a great replacement to the Elantra.
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Volvo V60 or V60 Cross Country
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JHW wrote:
May 24th, 2019 2:20 pm
Hi auto experts,

We drive a 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring (Hyundai's station wagon-like car discontinued after that model year). We are looking ahead to what our next car purchase might be.

We love the form factor of the Elantra Touring -- compact but with lots of level trunk space, easy to load and unload -- and also the great visibility out the sides and back. I am tall and my partner is short, and we both found that this model had the best visibility (through the rear and side windows) of several that we tried when we were last car-shopping.

What is on the market these days that has a similar form-factor (not a big SUV), with great visibility (i.e. large vertical windows)? The Mazda 5 perhaps comes to mind... Bonus points if there is something that meets those requirements in the hybrid world, as we are considering that option as well.
I like wagon's too. It's a shame that wagons don't sell in North America like they do in Europe. If the 2019 Toyota Corolla Touring Sports Hybrid were here I'd buy one. Look at the cargo space.

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radeonboy wrote:
May 24th, 2019 3:09 pm
I like wagon's too. It's a shame that wagons don't sell in North America like they do in Europe. If the 2019 Toyota Corolla Touring Sports Hybrid were here I'd buy one. Look at the cargo space.
Looks similar to the all-track. Best part about all-track is that it comes in 6spd! Seriously thinking about getting one to replace the X3 heap.
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Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo.
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Man, I would kill for an RS4 wagon here in Canada.
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notenoughsleep wrote:
May 24th, 2019 4:02 pm
Man, I would kill for an RS4 wagon here in Canada.
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Glad to see some love for station wagons.

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