2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon Premium

I like wagons, but the CTS is one car that I didn't think needed a long-roof variant. For marginal volume, it seems a strange place for GM to be spending money these days, even if it is a relatively minor investment.

After driving the CTS wagon, my tune has changed. Somewhat.

The 304-hp V-6 is a fantastic engine that's always ready to drop the hammer, even at highway speeds. Steering is also great. Together, those two characteristics make this a fairly entertaining drive. The wagon-back is justified with a seriously spacious rear cargo area. The interior is also nicely finished, although I do wish the driver's seat would go lower to afford tall people more knee room. In all, it's a very well-rounded package.

There are issues though. Shifts are rather slow, and when you're really on the gas, they tend to send your head swinging forward as cogs are swapped. Even with the sport suspension, the ride is largely capable of handling rough pavement, but there were some undesirable jolts over the minor buckling in the road. I was also surprised to see that the navigation interface doesn't use the sleek skin from the new SRX crossover. The hard buttons and controls are all there, so why would GM stick with the older, less attractive design?

After driving the CTS wagon, I appreciate its capabilities and appeal much more, but I think Cadillac has plenty of work to do in convincing Americans to consider a wagon, especially versus the new SRX.

Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor

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Incidentally, a rearview camera is standard with the premium packages and it does pretty well. The large nav screen pops up with the car in reverse and the backup lights illuminate the area nicely at night. After a short while, you find the view out the back is not a bad as first thought; the side view mirrors provide a very wide field of view, so combined with the rear park assist, the camera, and the rear window it's not bad at all. Also, all the rear lights, including the back up lights are LED's. Amazingly bright.
It's a great car! Does everything my SUV did, except gulp fuel, while looking gorgeous to boot. People actually stop me in parking lots to get a better look at the car, something that hasn't happened since my 2005 GTO. Great job, GM.Incidentally, I traded a 2 year old BMW in on this and couldn't be happier. Great fit and finish throughout. If I had one complaint it would be with the "center stack" where I think they could have done something to consolidate all the buttons. But then, it could have resulted in a clone of BMW's old iDrive...OUCH!
Edward A. Sanchez
I sat in the wagon at the L.A. Show. I love the styling, but the rearward visibility was positively horrible from the driver's seat. I hope a rearview camera is an option. I guess that's the price you pay for style.

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