Thanks to its dashing style, handsome cabin and entertaining performance, the Cadillac CTS has become one of the company's greatest success stories. As a result, this modern, high-tech sport sedan platform has given rise to other variants that similarly offer an engaging driving experience as well as the luxury features and refined ride expected from a Cadillac. In addition to the sedan and coupe, there is also a wagon, dubbed Sport Wagon.
As expected, the key attributes of the Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon are its added cargo space and increased utility over the CTS sedan. Otherwise, it maintains the same strengths and weaknesses. Among the former are the Sport Wagon's commendable performance, handsome cabin, user-friendly high-tech features and manageable size. The latter include a potentially awkward driving position, mediocre rearward visibility and handling that still isn't quite as agile as the smaller Audi and BMW wagons.
Current Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon
The Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon is available with a choice of two V6 engines -- a 3.0-liter (with 270 horsepower and 223 pound-feet of torque) and a 3.6-liter (with 318 hp and 275 lb-ft). Rear-wheel drive and a six-speed manual are standard with both, while a six-speed automatic and all-wheel drive are available separately.
Standard equipment is fairly generous, and a full complement of the latest safety technology is standard as well. There are a variety of luxury options, including a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, Recaro seats, a premium audio system, a back-up camera and a hard-drive-based navigation system that can store digital music files. A sport suspension package is also available to further the CTS Sport Wagon's handling capabilities.
Overall, its handsome interior, athletic handling and spirited performance have made the CTS Sport Wagon fully competitive in this niche segment. Still, there are a few caveats ? the seats are too firm for some folks, the optional sport suspension is downright stiff and the rearward visibility is poor. While it might not qualify for "Standard of the World" status just yet, the Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon can hold its own against the best cars in this segment in terms of both luxury appeal and driving prowess.
Used Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon Models
The Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon debuted for the 2010 model year and is mechanically related to the second-generation CTS sedan. In its first two model years, the 3.6-liter V6 produced 304 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. It also had a slightly different front grille than the current model. Otherwise, the CTS Sport Wagon hasn't received any major changes.