2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon Premium

Station wagons typically have to settle for a sort of understated, sophisticated appeal. Think of a cute librarian. The CTS Sport Wagon, on the other hand, is more like a Laker girl. It looks so damn good that I found myself stealing glances at it as I walked away in a parking lot. I don't think the CTS sedan, well proportioned though it may be, ever exuded such magnetic charm.

The wagon's beauty is more than skin deep. The 3.6-liter, direct-injected V-6 feels as potent as ever, and it's accompanied by excellent handling and some of the best brakes I've experienced in a long time. Ride quality is also perfect - firm but never harsh. Steering is Audi-like in its precision, but it could afford to be a bit less Audi-like in its lack of weight and effort.

My one gripe is with the interior. It's certainly gorgeous, comfortable, and well equipped as one would expect of a $55,000 vehicle, but there are a few areas in which fit and finish were not up to spec, including a wiggly door pull, a faintly creaking sunroof, and a bit of loose leather on the steering wheel. Not huge issues, particularly for a well-loved press car, but still not fitting with the car's price tag.

It's true that sporty station wagons have never made much headway in this country, but then, there's never been one this pretty. Let's hope a few compact crossover intenders take notice.

David Zenlea, Assistant 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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