2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon Premium

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

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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