Review: 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon, station-wagons can be cool

Cadillac will forever indebted to two individuals by the names of Wayne Cherry and Kip Wasenko; those are the individuals who designed the CTS, and in turn put Cadillac back on the map, making GM”s luxury brand one to be taken seriously in the segment once again. The duo”s stealth aircraft-inspired “Art and Science” design language continues to be a staple at Cadillac. In hopes to further reinvent the brand and expand its offerings, Cadillac has introduced the CTS Sport Wagon. Before you cringe in disgust at the thought, the sharp-edged rear-end, shiny wheels, and sharp red paint make this wagon one of the sharpest looking on the market, at least in our comparison.

Being the first Cadillac station-wagon offered to the U.S. market that is not a hearse, the CTS Sport Wagon offers a practical solution to pet-lovers, campers, and travelers alike.

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Review: 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon:

2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon 3.6L V6 Specifications:

Base Price: $43,365.
Price as Tested: $45,200.
Engine: 3.6L direct-injected V6 ““ 304-hp / 273 lb-ft of torque.
Transmission: 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift.
Curb Weight: 4,212 lbs.
0 to 60 mph: 7.1 seconds.
Top Speed: 146 mph.
Fuel-Economy: 18/26 mpg (city/highway).

All Photos Copyright © 2010 Omar Rana ““ egmCarTech.

Exterior:

“It”s a taut, sleek design,” said Clay Dean, global design director for Cadillac. “The drama of the sedan is amplified in the wagon, as the centerline cue that is part of the exterior and interior is more prominent and plays a stronger role in defining the design at the rear of the vehicle.”

While most of the CTS Sport Wagon borrows its look from the sedan, the rear of the vehicle is where the Sport Wagon establishes its own identity. Most sedans give up a certain amount of aesthetic appeal when being converted to a station wagon, however, the CTS Sport Wagon pulls it off almost seamlessly. This is accomplished by blending the roofline of the CTS Sport Wagon with the roof edges, allowing an unobstructed placement of cross bards and creating a fin-line effect at the trailing edges of the rear panels.

Overall, when compared to German rivals in the segment (including the BMW 5-Series Sport Wagon, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate and the Audi A6 Avant), the CTS Sport Wagon really stands out with its sharp creases and downright aggressive styling.

Interior:

By its very nature, a station-wagon is all about the interior and the cargo space that it offers. The front of the cabin is a carbon copy of the CTS sedan, so the fact that you”re driving a wagon might not be readily apparent; until you turn your attention rearward. Though it shares almost the same exterior dimensions as the sedan, the interior carrying capacity is nearly doubled, offering 25 cubic feet (720 liters) of space behind the rear seats, and 53.4 cubic feet (1,523 liters) with the rear seats folded down.

The rear cargo area also contains an integrated cargo management system that stows neatly under the floor when not in use. The standard power liftgate is operated by push-button and can be programmed to lift to a specific height.

Depending on what trim-level you purchase, you can opt for a 40-gigabyte internal hard drive, pop-up navigation screen, a large available panoramic rear sunroof, heated and ventilated seats and a rear-entertainment system.

Performance:

As mentioned above, one will hardly notice a difference between the front exterior/interior of the wagon and that of the sedan, and the same holds true for performance.

The base 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon, starting at $38,265, is powered by a 3.0L direct-injected V6 making 270-hp and 223 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a Hydra-Matic 6-speed automatic transmission, the 3.0L equipped models manage an EPA-estimated highway fuel-economy of 28 mpg.

GM also offers the CTS Sport Wagon with an optional 3.6L direct-injected V6 making 304-hp and 273 lb-ft of torque (our test-model); however, pricing for the trim-levels carrying the more powerful engine start at $43,365. The extra money for the 34-hp might be somewhat wasted however, as GM says both engines balance performance and efficiency while operating on regular unleaded gas; many of the vehicle’s competitors require premium fuel. EPA estimated fuel-economy for the 3.6L V6 model comes in at 18/26 mpg (city/highway). We managed to average 17.6 mpg throughout our week long test.

The CTS Sport Wagon features advanced chassis technology in the form of Cadillac”s StabiliTrak electronic chassis control system, integrating the car”s standard four-channel ABS with the full-function traction control, hydraulic brake assist and engine drag control systems. Also available on the Sport Wagon, as on the sedan, is the optional all-wheel drive system.

The CTS Sport Wagon may get an even more powerful engine. Bob Lutz had confirmed this past November that GM planned to expand its CTS-V lineup to include the Sport Wagon, but nothing has developed since.

Overall:

Practicality, sedan-like performance, and a very competitive price tag – those are all the things that make the 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon a desirable option on any station wagon shopper’s list.

Review: 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon:

– By: Omar Rana

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