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ZOOMY The term “Station Wagon” may evoke images
of Chevy Chase and The Griswolds on
vacation, but if you need to haul a lot of stuff,
this BMW is a better option than a minivan or
T E X T BY B I LL L I N D S E Y
Europeans refer to them as “Estate Wagons” and snarky
neighbors will call it a “Grocery Getter”…but the BMW
3 Series Touring manages to combine classic lines and a
proven pedigree with enough cargo capacity to transport
a small circus. Engine options include gas and diesel
models, with a 6- or an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Is it fast? Let’s just say the only way you’ll attract police
attention is if you have something unsavory hanging out
the window. Cool features include being able to open
the tailgate by waving your foot under the rear bumper,
ConnectedDrive Services that turn the vehicle into a
virtual iPad and a full-length glass roof that can be
opened to allow ventilation if you’re transporting a pack
of smelly Cub Scouts; BMWUSA.com.