Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon Hotness

Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon Hotness

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A sport wagon for America’s luxury marque.

2011 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon

Following its bankruptcy restructuring in 2009, General Motors immediately began to move forward on a number of new product plans including bolstering Cadillac’s heralded CTS line.

Introduced in 2003 and extensively overhauled in 2008, the CTS sedan demonstrates that Cadillac can build a medium-sized luxury car comparable to those offered by Mercedes, BMW and Lexus, the top-selling luxury marques. Powered by its rear or all four wheels, the CTS holds its own; indeed, the potent CTS-V is the fastest production sedan available.

New Models

This fall, the CTS line adds a coupe, following on the heels of a sport wagon, the subject of this review.  Happily, the CTS Sport Wagon dismisses comparisons to yesteryear’s station wagons, offering the room of an SUV along with the driving dynamics of a serious European style sedan.

From the front, the Sport Wagon looks exactly like the sedan. It is when you run your eyes along the side you notice distinct changes from the B-pillar to the rear, with its crisper lines, uncluttered profile and boomerang tail lights uniting in chiseled visual appeal. This car looks and moves fast despite offering two V-6 engines and no V-8, but that “problem” will be remedied later this year when the CTS-V Sport Wagon goes into production, featuring a potent 6.2L V-8.

Split rear seating increases the Sport Wagon's storage capacity.

Inside, the Sport Wagon and sedan shares the same cabin layout, with the familiar French stitched leathering, LED lighting and integrated instrument panel. Standard amenities include a hard drive audio system featuring Bose entertainment, navigation system and iPod/MP3 capability.

Generous Storage

Seating is for five which leaves the thickly carpeted 25 cubic inch cargo area behind the rear seat for all of your golf, camping and other sporting equipment. Floor rails and tie down points hold everything in place, a design familiar to Mercedes models. Need more room? Fold down the rear seat to more than double your storage space.

Under the hood, the standard 3.0 liter V-6 pounds out 270 horsepower, the optional 3.6 liter V-6 contributes 304 horsepower. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, this combination squeezes out 21-22 miles to the gallon combined city and highway driving.

Handling is precise and responsive with four-wheel disc brakes and 19-inch wheels inspiring driver confidence, never mind fun. Cadillac offers three suspension tuning levels with the Sport Wagon, corresponding to engine and drivetrain selected.

Priced Smart

The base sticker price for the Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon is just over $38,000 to about $53,000 fully optioned. Cadillac expects the wagon to sell just a few thousand units annually, a capable model in its own right.

Photos courtesy of General Motors.

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