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It's a wagon-apolooza at the New York auto show

At the 2010 New York auto show, Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz, Acura, and Kia all launch new wagons.

Acura TSX Sport Wagon
The light rear hatch opens easily, revealing plenty of cargo space in back. The cargo space can be widened by removing interior side panels, while smuggler bins reside under the floorboard.
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Acura TSX Sport Wagon
Wagons are back in, if these four new cars at the New York auto show are any indication. Sarah Tew/CNET

NEW YORK--Gearheads appreciate a good wagon, but they've been in short supply for decades. That sad fact seems to be changing, as four new wagons launched at the 2010 New York auto show. Ranging from a badass hauler to an economy hatchback, these wagons all feature good cabin tech and a whole lot of cargo space, without having to sit up at SUV height.

Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon
Cadillac continues to expand the CTS lineup, having previously launched a sedan and coupe. And, as each one of those models got a high performance V model, so does the Sport Wagon version. With its 556 horsepower engine, the CTS-V Sport Wagon will devour most sports cars.

Mercedes-Benz E350 4Matic Wagon
On the luxury side of things, the new wagon from Mercedes-Benz is built on the E-class. Only available in one configuration, all-wheel-drive is standard. Mercedes-Benz points out that you can haul an antique grandfather clock in back, but we are more intrigued by the rear-facing jump seats.

Acura TSX Sport Wagon
On an upscale, but more affordable, note, Acura offers a wagon version of its TSX sedan. This model has all the cabin tech and performance features of the TSX, but with the added convenience of a large cargo area.

Kia Forte five door
Similar to Cadillac and its CTS models, Kia previously launched a sedan and coupe version of the Forte. And now comes the wagon. Surprisingly well-equipped with cabin tech for a car that should retail in the $20,000 vicinity, the Forte five door should win new converts to the wagon cause.