I had a fairly high regard for the CTS sedan already, but I share Joe's opinion that the new CTS Sport Wagon has a synergistic effect on the CTS lineup. Simply put, this wagon is incredibly cool, and Ed Welburn's design team did a great job shaping the angular CTS into a wagon.
But the wagon is good for more than just attracting admiring glances--the cargo area is quite useful and versatile. I particularly like the accordion folding floor section that works well as a light-duty divider: I was easily able to separate my daughter's birthday cupcakes from my bulky white-elephant gift for the office holiday party. The tie-down points in the cargo area feel very substantial, too, but I didn't need them.
That feeling of quality extends all the way to the front of the Caddy wagon's cabin, which a huge sunroof helps brighten. Unlike Eric, I wasn't bothered by the navigation system, and I was happy to recall how much I like its vertically rising touch screen.
Also unlike Eric, I thought that the automatic transmission shifted pretty nicely, but I was chauffeuring around my one-year-old daughter most of the time, not trying to break any lap records. But the gearbox's shift paddles are too close to the steering-column stalks. That does little to undermine the CTS Sport Wagon's enjoyable overall driving experience, however.
Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor