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2013 BMW 3-Series Sport Wagon

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To a certain automotive set — including us — wagons are hip (and frankly, as good as ever), so news of the 2013 BMW 3-Series Sport Wagon is definitely not to be missed. Besides the impending bonkers M3, this is easily our favorite version of the 3-Series. The enlarged greenhouse actually does more justice to the completely re-styled 3-Series mug than the sedan. With almost 4 inches of additional length than the four-door, the Touring model is 3.7 inches longer and 0.4 inches higher, along with an elongated wheelbase and wider track. Cargo space, though by no means voluminous, stands at a healthy 53.0 cubic feet.

The wagon will have Auto Start/Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration and BMW’s ECO PRO Intelligent energy management system. You’ll also find a convenient power tailgate, a separate rear power window for easy light loading, available full-color heads-up display, panoramic sunroof, Blind Spot Detection and Lane Departure Warning. Finally, for the truly lazy, the BMW Parking Assistant will make up for your lack of parallel parking skills. Just don’t tell us how often you use it.

Engine choices carry over from the sedan, in the form of a 2.0 liter twin turbo four-cylinder with 240 hp and a 3.0 liter twin turbo six-cylinder with 300 hp. We’d take it over the sedan any day of the week, as long as it’s outfitted with a proper manual transmission and the all-important Sport Package, which will make your ride the best-handling wagon on your suburban block. Expect prices to be about $2K more than the sedan.

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