I seem to be one of the few automotive journalists who didn't consider the CTS sedan that arrived in fall 2007 as a 2008 model to be the second coming of Cadillac. A noble and respectable effort, I thought, but not one that would knock the Germans from their pedestals. After spending a weekend with the new CTS Sport Wagon, however, I am changing my tune. I really, really like this car. It looks absolutely fantastic, and it's unlike anything else on the road. As others have noted, the strong powertrain performance, the crisp chassis reflexes, and the communicative steering are all very noteworthy; anyone whose previous experiences with Cadillacs is from the pre-2000 era will be shocked.
I was also impressed by the CTS Sport Wagon's composure during some of the first snow of the 2009-2010 winter here in Ann Arbor. Ably assisted by Bridgestone Blizzak snow tires, the CTS climbed my rather steep driveway without blinking. You have to see my driveway to understand that this is no simple feat.
It is true that Cadillac and General Motors have limited resources, but the game plan for the CTS that has resulted in the Sport Wagon is an appropriate one: Cadillac needs to vary its core model lines in the same way that German competitors do. Specifically, BMW and Audi both offer sedan, coupe/convertible, and wagon versions of their 3-series and A4/A5 lines, respectively, so Cadillac is going to do so as well. It makes sense.
Joe DeMatio, Executive Editor