After the demise of the Dodge Magnum, it's refreshing to have a wagon offering from a domestic manufacturer. It's likely that the CTS wagon will find very few takers -- if the slow-selling Magnum and the now-redesigned wagon-like first generation Cadillac SRX are any indication -- but in my opinion, this CTS wagon looks great and is hard evidence that Cadillac is willing to take chances to regain its world class status.
The interior has some shortcomings, though. The nav graphics could use an update but I really like the retractable screen for its space saving benefits. To me, the flat, unsupportive seats are the biggest interior flaw. They have no side bolstering and the bottom seat cushion is hard and too short to provide much thigh support.
I thought the ability to adjust the extension of the hatch door was a bit gimmicky until I opened it all the way. Not only is the door huge because of how far forward it extends onto the roof, but it flips open farther than any other hatch I've ever seen. The opening it creates is also enormous, which should make it easy to load cargo. But like many sleek, modern "utility" vehicles, the CTS wagon's sharply sloped roof will seriously limit its cargo carrying ability. Even in the front seat, the swept-back shape of the CTS wagon makes headroom tighter than you'd expect.
From behind the wheel, the CTS wagon is more luxury than sport with a supple ride and light, accurate steering. This Caddy is certainly not made for the track but it's entertaining and looks fabulous.
Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor