Driving The 2010 Cadillc CTS Sport Wagon

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Are luxury wagons setting up 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 degrees of suspension tuning, ranging from soft to sporting. How does all of it 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.. 3. Luxury, 3. Performance, 3.6 Performance, 3.6 Premium

Budget range (including options): $40,655 - $61,490

Powertrain: 3. 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 offered by General Motors.

Guide Review - 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon

I've been dreaming of a vehicle like the CTS Sport Wagon -- a low-slung cargo-hauler that's attractive 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 because i dreamed it would be.

Some colors are kinder to it than others, however the CTS Sport Wagon looks just as sharp in person as it does in pictures. 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 good-performance "summer" tires, and rear-wheel-drive. It was the perfect match for your curvy roads I love, using a ride that was firm but tolerable. Caddy also offers the CTS Sport Wagon having a 270 hp 3-liter V6 -- which, much like the 3.6, runs on regular 87-octane gas -- and all-wheel-drive.

It ain't bad either, as a wagon. The cargo bay has adjustable track-mounted tie-downs and a power tailgate that can be set to start 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 in the VW Jetta SportWagen -- and only 4.4 cubes more than a Honda Fit -- but with the brand new Audi A4 Avant as a result of 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.

In the beginning, 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 a lot 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.