I have a special request for new General Motors CEO Dan Ackerson. Please sir, use your newfound power to eliminate cheap, flimsy interior door pulls from your products once and for all. At present, a quick tug on the door of this $50,000 luxury wagon emits a disconcerting creak, and the whole panel gives a bit as if to hint that it may one day come off in your hand.
So, yes, the door panels are crap. But otherwise, Cadillac has on its hands a nearly perfect car. What's not to love about a truly sexy American station wagon that drives like a BMW 5-series? I particularly like the CTS's performance brakes: they're extremely powerful but unlike the binders in many sporty cars, don't jerk you to a stop at the first tap of the pedal. Graze that brake pedal just a bit as you're entering a turn, and the wagon will tidily track through a corner with hardly any body roll, although anything you have in the rear cargo hold will likely go flying. Yep, the summer-tire performance package is worth the money.
I haven't yet had the opportunity to drive a wagon with the base 3.0-liter V-6, but I feel safe in saying that the 3.6-liter's 304 hp is a necessity if you want the wagon's 3850 pounds to hustle away from a stoplight with any authority. Even with the CTS-V wagon's 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 now ruling the roost, I'd say there's room in the lineup for a more powerful six-cylinder. If the rumor mill has any merit, my wish will soon be fulfilled in the form of a twin-turbo 3.0-liter.
Like Jeffrey and most other automotive journalists, I'm praying that the CTS wagon finds some commercial success. If a wagon this cool and this good can't steal some sales from crossovers, we wagon-lovers might as well pack it up and move to Europe.
David Zenlea, Assistant Editor