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Aaron Gold

Test drive: 2013 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon

By December 18, 2012

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2013 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon

To be completely honest, I wasn't planning to review the CTS Sport Wagon. GM loaned me one as a favor during my trip to Detroit last week, and I figured I'd pretty much said everything I had to say about the wagon when I reviewed it in 2010. But 250 miles of seat time reminded me what an utterly brilliant car this is -- certainly one that deserves an editorial re-visit. Check out my updated review. -- Aaron Gold

Related: Cadillac CTS-V Coupe review

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December 18, 2012 at 8:47 am
(1) sexy grampa says:

Hey Aaron thank you for reminding me about this vehicle. When first introduced it was exactly what I wanted but there was no leasing available. The price is substantial and resale of wagons in America is iffy. Now with the current CTS line on it’s last leg I suspect there will be great lease deals. I’m going to start looking soon.

December 18, 2012 at 11:44 am
(2) John from Mt. Hamilton says:

I love station wagons. I have a Mercedes E320 wagon that I use as my every-day commute car. Before this car, I had an Audi A6 wagon. I need something that I can stuff a lot of junk into, but I’m not a fan of minivans or SUVs (never have understood America’s love of SUVs — hulking, impractical things that are, mostly, no fun to drive). In any case, I’m really happy that Caddy makes a decent wagon and I’m looking forward to test-driving this new one.

From the photos, it does look fantastic. I wonder, though, doesn’t that sloping roof-line compromise storage space? Also… one of the things I LOVE about my Mercedes is the pop-up 3rd-row seat. Since I have kids and a big, extended family, it gets a lot of use (the kids fight to sit back there). I’d like to see Caddy offer one as an option. Perhaps GM is concerned about safety issues?

December 18, 2012 at 3:53 pm
(3) Eric says:

I too am a huge fan of wagons, especially the sport wagons built since about 1995. I had a BMW 525i wagon in Germany for a while and loved it! Excellent ride, handling, decent space, and manual trans to boot.

I like the fact that Cadillac makes this car. It’s certainly a departure from the other 4 1/2 car types you can buy here in the U.S. (sedan, SUV, pickup truck, van, and a smattering of coupes/convertibles). Having said that, I’ve never been a Cadillac person, and probably never will be. This car is way too expensive for the average Joe like me, and will probably fade into the sunset at the next CTS styling change, re-affirming in the mind of yet another car maker that Americans don’t like or buy wagons.

Too bad that hulking SUVs, vans, and trucks are so popular here. There isn’t a whole lot in the automotive market today that really excites me. A few more tight handling, fun to drive and yet infinitely practical wagons would be a welcome change.

December 18, 2012 at 5:12 pm
(4) Hawaiian Don says:

I absolutely love the CTS design in every form. It remains ageless with only minor nips and tucks. They still get my second glaces every time they go by. And performance ain’t shabby either!!!

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