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2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon

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2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon front view

2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon

Photo © Aaron Gold

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Are luxury wagons making a comeback? Cadillac seems to think so, and they're jumping into the fray with the handsome new 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon. The CTS Sport Wagon shares its mechanical bits with the CTS Sedan, including two direct-injection V6 engines and three different levels of suspension tuning, ranging from soft to sporting. How does it all come together? Read on.

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Pros

  • Good looking
  • Good fun to drive
  • Well-thought-out cargo area

Cons

  • Cargo bay isn't exactly huge
  • Front seats lack thigh support
  • High price

Description

  • All-new wagon version of Caddy's entry-level CTS
  • Trim levels: 3.0. 3.0 Luxury, 3.0 Performance, 3.6 Performance, 3.6 Premium
  • Price range (including options): $40,655 - $61,490
  • Powertrain: 3.0 liter V6, 270 hp/223 lb-ft; 3.6 liter V6, 304 hp/273 lb-ft; 6-speed automatic; rear- or all-wheel-drive
  • EPA MPG estimates: 18 MPG city, 26-27 MPG highway
  • Best rivals: Audi A4 Avant, BMW 328i wagon, Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
  • This test drive was conducted at a manufacturer-sponsored press event. Vehicles and fuel were provided by General Motors.

Guide Review - 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon

I've been dreaming of a car like the CTS Sport Wagon -- a low-slung cargo-hauler that's good looking and good to drive. I approached my test drive with apprehension, but it turns out that the CTS Sport Wagon is every bit as talented as I dreamed it would be.

The CTS Sport Wagon looks just as sharp in person as it does in pictures, though some colors are kinder to it than others. The CTS Sport Wagon I tested had the firmest suspension, the FE3, which comes with the 304 hp 3.6 liter engine, 19" wheels with high-performance "summer" tires, and rear-wheel-drive. It was a perfect match for the curvy roads I love, with a ride that was firm but tolerable. Caddy also offers the CTS Sport Wagon with a 270 hp 3-liter V6 -- which, like the 3.6, runs on regular 87-octane gas -- and all-wheel-drive.

As a wagon, it ain't bad either. The cargo bay has adjustable track-mounted tie-downs and a power tailgate that can be set to open to any position, perfect for garages with low ceilings. The steeply-sloped roofline eats up lots of space (and blocks visibility), but the CTS Sport Wagon still carries a respectable 25 cubic feet. That's about 3/4ths the capacity of the VW Jetta SportWagen -- and only 4.4 cubes more than a Honda Fit -- but with the new Audi A4 Avant down to 17.8 cubic feet and the upcoming Acura TSX wagon at around 14.5, the CTS may well end up being the best of the luxo-bunch.

Up front, the CTS Sport Wagon has all the Caddy cues I like (pop-up nav screen, individual driver and passenger climate controls) plus the ones I don't (button-happy center stack, front seats that lack thigh support). No big problems... except the price. The CTS Sport Wagon starts well over $40k -- $5k more than an Audi A4 wagon -- and it can be optioned up to almost $61,500. Yowch! At that price, I'm not sure I can afford to even dream about it. -- Aaron Gold

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