What was tested?
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New Cadillac CTS sport wagon drives like a sedan, functions like a crossover SUV.
2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon
2010 Cadillac V6 Premium Collection ($51,720).
Paint upgrade ($995), performance package ($2,090).
Price as tested (including $825 destination charge):
It's a cutting-edge sports sedan with extra cargo space. It turns heads with its handsome, unusual styling.
The station wagon body style doesn't appeal to everyone.
Watch out, censors. I'm about to use a couple of vulgar words.
Here they are: station wagon.
Based on how car makers have avoided using those words for the past 20
years, you'd think there was something dirty about calling a station
wagon what it is. American cars that carry a lot of cargo will append
their names with all kinds of crazy monikers -- active, touring,
sport, cross -- all to keep from using that awful expletive, "wagon."
Well, Cadillac earns some points for honesty by introducing the new
CTS Sport Wagon this year.
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The CTS Sport Wagon takes the successful formula of its sedan predecessor and adds a level of storage capability, making it a compelling alternative to an SUV or larger vehicle
2010 SCadillac CTS Sport Wagon Interior
Yes, it's a station wagon. And, more importantly, it's a great car.
Just like the name implies, the CTS Sport Wagon is essentially a CTS
sedan with a cargo area grafted onto the back end. Surprisingly, that
wagon body style seems to completely change the character of this car
-- both in how it functions and how it looks.
The extra cargo space means the CTS Sport Wagon essentially acts like
a crossover SUV, complete with a power liftgate that can raise and
lower with the push of a button. And that sleek, sloping roofline
makes it look even more interesting than the angular CTS Sedan, giving
it the style of a classy European car. It really does have a different
visual personality than the sedan, making it seem more sporty and
On the road, it's a lot more fun to drive than crossovers, though. Its
low-slung design, excellent suspension and wild, high-tech V6 engine
make it great for enthusiast drivers who like to feel the road. It
definitely doesn't float like an old Cadillac, instead opting for the
same crisp, tight feeling of the CTS sport sedan.
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The CTS Sport Wagon is essentially a CTS sedan with a cargo area grafted onto the back end which seems to completely change the character of this car
2010 SCadillac CTS Sport Wagon rear view
The 306-horsepower V6 is especially impressive. Direct injection gives
it good response and added efficiency, and -- coupled with a six-speed
automatic transmission -- it accelerates with gusto and sounds
The interior is all CTS, which is a good thing. The front cabin is
identical to the award-winning CTS sedan, complete with its
beautifully stitched dash and tasteful wood trim. It's an interior
that feels exactly like a luxury car should, including the kind of
build quality that puts it a step above ordinary family cars.
Pricing starts a little over $40,000.
Overall, the CTS Sport Wagon makes a lot of sense. It combines the
great driving feel of the CTS sedan with the cargo space of a
crossover vehicle, all in a body that turns heads for its sleek,
It's proving that "wagon" is no longer a dirty word.