2010 Cadillac CTS

Base RWD 4-Dr Sedan V6 man trans

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Now that General Motors is back from the brink, Cadillac must roll up its monogrammed sleeves to move more semiprecious metal. Toward that end, the new SRX gets the brand's first turbo engine, the stunning CTS coupe is scheduled to arrive next year, and two new sedans bracketing today's CTS are due in 2011. But the brightest ray of postapocalyptic hope is the CTS Sport Wagon: the first U.S.-factory-built wagon in Cadillac's 107-year history.
In case you hadn't noticed, the new CTS wagon is a triumph of form over function. To load four-by-eight-foot sheets of plywood in the cargo hold, you'll need a saw. Spoiling the luscious rump with a trailer hitch would constitute a mortal sin. The neatly integrated roof rails are not configured for mattress hauling.
This wagon is engineered to haul ass. Like the CTS sedan, its body structure is Hillary Clinton stiff, its steering is meaty enough to satisfy man-size appetites, and its direct-injection DOHC V-6 engines are geared for go. Let the ladies ride high in their Escalades and SRXs, this wagon is crouched and ready to prowl around with Audis, BMWs, and Mercedes-Benzes of the long-roof persuasion.
The CTS's stylish backpack adds 200 pounds and about an inch in height but nothing to overall length. Cadillac offers two V-6 engines (3.0 liters and 270 hp or 3.6 liters and 304 hp) and rear- or all-wheel drive. Regrettably, no manual transmission is available, nor is there a near-term plan to bolt the CTS-V's 556-hp supercharged V-8 under the wagon's hood. (Rumors that Bob Lutz negotiated a one-off CTS-V Sport Wagon as part of his unretirement compensation package have not been confirmed by government watchdogs.)
The Sport Wagon's stern is as clever as it is attractive. Seatback releases are accessible from both the passenger compartment and the cargo hold.
Dropping the backrests to the level position boosts cargo capacity from 25.0 to 58.0 cubic feet. Two floor rails are fitted with four sliding tie-down anchors. A pullout shade conceals valuables, and a folding floor panel can be engaged in two sets of notches to partition off groceries. Small basement and sub-basement compartments are provided, plus there's a rubber mat to minimize the cleanup hassle when potted nasturtiums must be transported. The power tailgate can be programmed to stop partially open in height-challenged garages.
The best news is that the CTS Sport Wagon turns mundane chores into high-speed pursuits. Engaging the six-speed automatic's manual mode allows the driver to command snappy up- and downshifts with buttons mounted on the back side of the steering-wheel spokes. Our test car was fitted with the must-have FE3 suspension, which swaps a plush ride for taut body control and supple wheel action. The turn-in is crisp, and list angles are kept in check by stout antiroll bars. Steering feedback is the best you'll find in any GM product, the Camaro and Corvette included. Y-speed-rated summer tires mounted to nineteen-inch polished-aluminum wheels provide a lively combination of grip and at-the-limit agility.
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What's not to like? The outboard corners of the instrument panel and the aggressively gusseted front door openings are impediments to easy entry and exit. Electrically activated latches impose a momentary delay following every yank of any door handle. The rearview mirror is half full of D-pillars, headrests, and the rear wiper.
Thus far, Volvo is unique in convincing a significant number of Americans that wagons offer an excellent combination of driving and hauling attributes. As the current downsizing movement gains momentum, that might change. The Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon could be the ideal product at just the right time to become the next cool thing. Since those of us who pay taxes own controlling interest in the New GM, it's in our interests for Cadillac to resume its luxury-class swagger as soon as possible.
On Sale: Now
Price: $40,435/$54,635 (base 3.0L/as tested)
Engine: 3.6L V-6, 304 hp, 273 lb-ft
Drive: Rear-wheel
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Cadillac SRX 2.8T
Boosted aspirations.
The T badge on the 2010 SRX's tailgate announces the arrival of Cadillac's first-ever turbocharged gasoline engine. Packing 300 hp and 32 percent more torque than the normally aspirated 3.0-liter base engine, the new 2.8-liter V-6 is armed with variable valve timing, a twin-scroll turbo generating 10.5 psi of boost, and an air-to-air intercooler. Unlike other new turbo engines, fuel is delivered to the intake ports instead of the combustion chambers. Working amiably with its six-speed automatic transmission, the 2.8T demonstrates lag-free, diesel-like urge with a torque curve that's dead flat from 2000 to 5000 rpm. But unlike oil burners, the revs climb enthusiastically to 6200 rpm. Mileage estimates are 16/23 mpg, a 1-mpg loss in the city over 3.0-liter SRXs. While this power escalation is welcome, the 2.8T's claimed 7.5-second 0-to-60-mph acceleration still lags behind the more sporting crossovers offered by Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo.
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To commemorate the birth of the New GM, Cadillac is launching 2010 products steeped in fresh thinking and extra attention to customer needs. The most interesting addition to the wreath and crest family is the CTS Sport Wagon, a first for Cadillac, at least in the US. While this GM division has sold BLS wagons in Europe and supported conversion companies that have morphed a few sedans into wagons, never before in its 106-year history has Cadillac offered Americans a factory-built wagon.
DRAMA QUEEN EXTERIOR
While some wagons are dedicated to cargo and/or family transport, the CTS 5-door is all about style. With a roof 1.25-inches higher and 200 lbs. added to the curb weight but no increase in overall length, this wagon is the fashion equivalent of wearing a baseball cap with the bill swung rakishly back. Taking full advantage of the opportunity, Cadillac stylists stretched the tail lamps to a full 3-feet in length and configured the roof rails as nicely integrated chrome upper-body accents.
The result is a two-box sport machine that men can drive with pride and women can use to scratch their innate shopping itches.
EXTENDED INTERIOR GOODNESS
The CTS was one of GM's first attempts to prove that a modest investment in materials and finish inside the vehicle can reap major gains in customer satisfaction. The majestically rising navigation screen, the cut and stitched leather trim, the real tree wood accents, and the highly detailed instrument panel carry over into the Sport Wagon with a few improvements. The only niggle we have is that the wrap-around corners of the instrument panel and the well gusseted door apertures constrict entry and exit. In addition, the view of the road in the inside mirror is partially blocked by headrests, the rear wiper, and the substantial D-pillars. In back, the seat-back releases can easily be reached from both the passenger compartment and through an open lift gate. Folding the split backrests flat more than doubles the cargo volume from 25 to 58 cubic feet. A folding cargo floor can be propped up in two different locations to contain bags of groceries. Small basement and sub-basement compartments are hidden under the floor panel along with a readily removed rubber mat that helps contain spills.
Two robust tie-down rails are provided to secure cargo and each has a pair of sliding D-rings.
The power-operated lift gate can be programmed to halt its opening movement short of the wide-open position to clear low garage doors and to provide ventilation for pets stashed in back.
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GIDDY FOR GADGETS
The infotainment load parallels CTS standard and optional equipment. Two Bose entertainment systems play through eight or ten speakers. There's a 6-disc CD changer in the dash, a hard drive for audio material, plus compatibility with ipod, MP3, and Bluetooth mobile phones. AM, FM, and XM channels all play here.
The pop-up navigation screen stops in two positions to provide route guidance and entertainment system information.
POWER TO BURN
Cadillac offers this Sport Wagon with rear- or four-wheel drive and a choice of two 24-valve, DOHC, direct-injected V-6 engines. The 3.0-liter version cranks out 270 hp and 223 lb-ft of torque while the 3.6-liter edition delivers 304 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. The one and only transmission is a 6-speed Hydramatic with steering spoke switches to control up- and down-shifts in manual mode. This transmission is calibrated to hold gears at the redline and to downshift to the appropriate gear while slowing for turns.
To support four distinct trim levels, there are three chassis packages coded FE1, FE2, and FE3. Seventeen, 18, and 19-inch tires are available and each step up the FE ladder delivers additional braking capacity.
DYNAMICALLY ENTERTAINING
The 3.6-liter V-6, FE3 CTS Sport Wagon we drove for a weekend exceeded high expectations. The tautest-available suspension system keeps roll in check and provides supple wheel movement at some sacrifice of ride plushness. This is the preferred combination for those who take the Sport label seriously. The ContiSport Contact 3 summer radials stick supremely while providing ample feedback when their adhesion limit approaches. The steering is astutely calibrated for both road feel and effort. In fact, this Cadillac beats both Corvette and Camaro in steering satisfaction.
A TRUE CADILLAC COUP
Whether by luck, by intent, or by accident, Cadillac has augmented its family with two high-function products at a time when practicality is the order of the day. The new-for-2010 SRX is aimed at women who believe they need an elevated seating position to bolster their driving confidence. The CTS Sport Wagon is more male oriented. It offers about the same cargo hauling capacity with a more tasteful appearance and a more aggressive (read entertaining) driving personality.
We've suggested to Cadillac that the ideal Neiman Marcus holiday season package might be a matched set of his/hers haulers-one SRX 2.8T and one CTS Sport Wagon in coordinated colors and special trim, each with a red bow on the roof. At the very least it would keep the peace in wealthy households while providing just the right Cadillac for every occasion.
0-60mph acceleration 7.2 sec
1/4-mile acceleration 15.4 sec @ 94 mph
30-70mph passing acceleration 8.3 sec
70-0mph braking...154 ft
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CADILLAC CTS SPORT WAGON
Base Price: $40,435
As-tested: $54,635
Powertrain
Engine: 3.6-liter DOHC 24-valve V-6
Horsepower: 304
Torque: 273
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Drive: Rear-wheel
Measurements
L x W x H
Legroom F/R: 42.4/35.9 in
Headroom F/R: 38.8/37.2 in
Cargo capacity (seats up/down): 25.0/58.0 cu ft
Curb weight: 4100 lbs
EPA Rating (estimated city/highway): 17/25 mpg
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General Motors recently discovered a potential safety hazard on 2009-2010 Cadillac CTS models, involving the cars’ rear suspension design.
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With November now on the books, the auto industry heads into the final, year-end selling season with a head of still-cautious optimism -- but optimism nonetheless. In November, automakers chalked up another solid sales increase over 2009, this time 17 percent; that's an improvement on October's 13 percent uptick. For the third month in a row, the annualized selling rate topped 12 million units. By comparison, 10.86 million light vehicles were sold in 2009. This month, nearly every automaker enjoyed buoyant sales, with the large and notable exception of Toyota, which was down slightly. See below for more details. And, with car shoppers apparently cracking open their wallets, brace yourself for an onslaught of end-of-the-year sales ads, as carmakers battle fiercely for their share of an increasing pie.
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FORD MOTOR COMPANY +24% (excluding Volvo)
Ford posted the biggest year-over-year sales increase of the domestic automakers, and has cemented its position as the number two biggest car company in the U.S. marketplace, with 1.77 million units sold year-to-date versus 1.58 million for number three Toyota. Last year through November, Toyota was ahead 1.58 million to Ford's 1.49.
Ford +27%
Ford division was the opposite of Chevrolet, in that car sales grew faster than truck sales in November, although both divisions outpaced the industry overall. Ford's car side benefitted from the addition of the Fiesta, but it's still a relatively small factor (its 3473 sales were only a bit more than the increase in Focus sales from last year's 10,196 to this year's 13,030). All car nameplates increased except the Taurus (-11%), which was the division's biggest laggard.
Mercury -12%
Ford's fade-out division had one positive mover, the Mariner (+18%), otherwise it was all down hill.
Lincoln +19%
The MKZ (+48%) and MKX (39%) both had a big month, but the MKS (-22%), the MKT (-9%), and the Navigator (-9%) all fell back.
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AMERICAN HONDA +21%
Honda stayed ahead of Chrysler in November, thanks to a solid performance across the board, except for the aging (but not terrible significant) Ridgeline and Element.
Honda +21%
The Accord's 10% increase wasn't quite enough to dethrone the Camry, but the Civic's 21% gain pushed it past the Corolla/Matrix. Still, the biggest driver of Honda's sales increase was the CR-V (+31%).
Acura +22%
The RL (-5%) reverted to its losing ways in November, but Acura's four volume nameplates were all strong. With 156 units in November, the ZDX, though, is obviously still struggling to find an audience.
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NISSAN NORTH AMERICA +27%
Nissan's 27% increase was enough to push it ahead of the white-hot Koreans.
Nissan +25%
The Altima (+19%) played out of its mind in November, and for the second month in a row found itself in the top five bestsellers. The Rogue (+67%) and most of the big trucks also did well, while the Maxima (-14%), the Cube (-36%), and the sports cars declined.
Infiniti +45%
Infiniti was on fire in November, and the division almost looks like it could break 100,000 units this year. The M (+167%) and the QX56 (+148%) grabbed headlines, but the G (+23%) was just as important from a volume perspective.
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BMW GROUP +27%
BMW +30%

BMW's increase came mostly on the strength of its volume models, the 5-series (+58%), the 3-series (+37%), and the X5 (+24%). The 7-series (-23%) and the Z4 (-50%) both dropped, as did the X3 (-66%), although the X3 is about to be replaced by a new model.
Mini +9%
The new, mildly revised Cooper experienced a mild sales increase. The big gains won't come until the Countryman arrives early next year.
Rolls Royce -7%
As in October and September, Rolls Royce delivered 26 cars in November. But last November, Rolls delivered 28.
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MAZDA +7%
Mazda had a somewhat disappointing November, as it lost a bit of market share to its faster-growing competitors. The Mazda2 added 462 units, which put it ahead of the Tribute and the Miata. Both crossovers slipped a bit; the sports cars fell a bit more; but at least the Mazda6 had a decent increase (+21%).
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After the demise of the Dodge Magnum, it's refreshing to have a wagon offering from a domestic manufacturer. It's likely that the CTS wagon will find very few takers -- if the slow-selling Magnum and the now-redesigned wagon-like first generation Cadillac SRX are any indication -- but in my opinion, this CTS wagon looks great and is hard evidence that Cadillac is willing to take chances to regain its world class status.
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What an exquisitely chiseled piece of metal, this. I prefer the chunky proportions of the wagon to the overstyled, poke-your-eye-out rear deck of the coupe. Apart from a better load angle and potentially more space with the seats folded, the CTS Sport Wagon offers zero practical benefit over the sedan.
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I have a special request for new General Motors CEO Dan Ackerson. Please sir, use your newfound power to eliminate cheap, flimsy interior door pulls from your products once and for all. At present, a quick tug on the door of this $50,000 luxury wagon emits a disconcerting creak, and the whole panel gives a bit as if to hint that it may one day come off in your hand.
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Kudos to Cadillac for stepping up to the sport-wagon plate just as others are saying adios to that star-crossed body style. The long-tail design works well here, adding both eye appeal and functionality to what is already an entertaining platform. The CTS wagon is less expensive than any comparable import and well endowed with desirable technology such as direct injection and optional all-wheel drive. With more of these and fewer crossovers and SUVs plying our roads, life would definitely be better.
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Last August, the automotive industry saw a huge spike in sales thanks to the Cash for Clunkers stimulus program. This August, devoid of a government stimulus program, sales of General Motors' remaining brands were down by 11 percent.
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Cadillac hasn't offered a two-door convertible since the demise of the XLR in 2009, but Drop Top Customs may have a solution for those seeking a Caddy with a retractable roof. The aftermarket convertible firm tells us it'll have a prototype of a CTS Coupe convertible ready for a debut at the 2010 SEMA show.

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2010 Cadillac CTS Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
3.0L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
16 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
26 MPG
Horsepower:
270 hp @ 7000rpm
Torque:
223 ft lb of torque @ 5700rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
Vehicle
50,000 miles / 48 months
Powertrain
100,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 72 months
Roadside
100,000 miles / 60 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:00
Component
EQUIPMENT
Summary
GM IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009-2010 CADILLAC CTS ALL WHEEL DRIVE AND CTS-V VEHICLES FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 208, "OCCUPANT CRASH PROTECTION."
Consequences
IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH, THE FRONT PASSENGER MAY BE AT AN INCREASED RISK OF LEG INJURY.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE GLOVE COMPARTMENT ASSEMBLY AND, IN SOME VEHICLES MODIFY THE INSTRUMENT PANEL STRUCTURE. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON OCTOBER 20, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CADILLAC AT 1-866-982-2339.
Potential Units Affected
20,224
Notes
GENERAL MOTORS CORP.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:10
Component
SUSPENSION:REAR
Summary
GENERAL MOTORS IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009-2010 CADILLAC CTS VEHICLES. SOME OF THESE VEHICLES HAVE A CONDITION IN WHICH A WAX COATING ON THE REAR SUSPENSION TOE LINK JAM NUTS MAY ALLOW THE NUT(S) TO LOOSEN. IF A NUT SUFFICIENTLY LOOSENS, THE TOE LINK COULD SEPARATE AND THE REAR WHEEL WOULD BE ABLE TO TURN INBOARD OR OUTBOARD. OWNERS MAY HEAR A METALLIC CLANKING NOISE COMING FROM THE REAR OF THE VEHICLE THAT MAY WARN OF A LOOSENING NUT.
Consequences
THE DRIVER MAY EXPERIENCE SUDDEN CHANGES WITH VEHICLE HANDLING AND MAY NOT BE ABLE TO CONTROL THE VEHICLE INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL CLEAN ALL WAX RESIDUE FROM THE REAR SUSPENSION TOE LINK AND INSTALL TWO NEW JAM NUTS. IF NECESSARY THE REAR SUSPENSION TOE LINK MAY BE REPLACED. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE MARCH 24, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CADILLAC AT 1-866-982-2339 AND AT THE OWNER CENTER AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.
Potential Units Affected
44,147
Notes
GENERAL MOTORS CORP.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION
Summary
This defect can affect the safe operation of the airbag system. Until this recall is performed, customers should remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the ignition key. The key fob (if applicable), should also be removed from the key ring. General Motors LLC (GM) notified the agency on July 2, 2014 that they are recalling 554,328 model year 2003-2014 Cadillac CTS vehicles manufactured August 16, 2001, to April 28, 2014, and 2004-2006 Cadillac SRX vehicles manufactured March 20, 2003, to August 11, 2006. In these models, the weight on the key ring and/or road conditions or some other jarring event may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position, turning off the engine.
Consequences
If the key is not in the run position, the air bags may not deploy if the vehicle is involved in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will install two key rings and an insert in the key slot or a cover over the key head on all ignition keys, free of charge. The recall began on September 15, 2014. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 14172.
Potential Units Affected
554,328
Notes
General Motors LLC


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
4
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
5
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
N/R
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R

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