Got to hand it to Cadillac. Success breeds more success. The head-turning CTS Sport Sedan spawned the CTS Sport Wagon, now there’s the new CTS Sport Coupe, not to mention the alpha dog of the CTS pack — the V-Series — that barks at the competition with its 556-horsepower, 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine prowess.
Sedan, wagon, coupe, plus the high-performance CTS-V line, give the CTS the most well-rounded model selection of the Cadillac brand, essentially making CTS the new cornerstone of GM’s luxury division.
I recently drove the CTS Sport Wagon, which has the same overall length of the five-passenger Sport Sedan at 191 inches, but carves out its own identity with high levels of interior flexibility for passengers and functionality for cargo.
This easy-entry, easy-exit wagon has expandable cargo room from 25 cubic feet to 53 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded flat. For smart storage capability Cadillac has an integrated cargo management system that neatly stows under the rear cargo floor. The power liftgate is controlled through the key fob and/or in-vehicle button. Another benefit of the wagon’s design flexibility is an integrated roof-load management system with cross bars that make for an aerodynamic appearance.
The CTS shares signature styling cues among sedan, wagon, coupe vehicle body types that unify the model lineup.
The unique complex grille, side air extractors, sculpted fenders and large vertical tail lamps are instantly recognizable as the face of contemporary Cadillac design.
Every major attribute in the convenience technology market segment is available on the CTS Sport Wagon, such as Ultrasonic Park Assist, rear-vision camera, adaptive headlight system, keyless entry and smart remote start, and even a 40GB internal music hard drive.
The CTS wagon family is joined for 2011 by a V-Series V-8 model. The regular Sport Wagon models are offered in 3.0-liter and 3.6-liter V-6 engines at a starting price of just under $40,000. My tester was the rear-wheel-drive 3.6-liter V-6 with a base price of $48,665. An all-wheel-drive model is available for buyers who want the assured security in winter driving. StabiliTrak, active head restraints and six airbags are standard.
The tester’s engine features Direct Injection, allowing the 304-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 to run cleanly on regular gasoline, not premium, and earn EPA fuel economy figures of 18 miles per gallon city and 26 mpg highway. The 3.0-liter base engine generates 270 horsepower and does 1 mpg better in city and highway driving. Both engines are coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The tester’s rear-wheel-drive attributes were made magnificent with the optional $2,090 Summer Tire Performance Package. This upgrade moves up from the standard 17-inch all-season tires and equips the CTS with 19-inch summer-only Continental SportContact3 tires. A sport-tuned suspension, performance disc brakes, performance cooling system and steering-wheel mounted shift controls give the driver the chance to engage in spirited sporty driving — even if it’s not the supercharged CTS-V wagon. — Connie Keane, Motor Matters
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2011 CADILLAC CTS SPORT WAGON
VEHICLE TYPE_________________ 5-passenger RWD midsize wagon
BASE PRICE___________________ $48,665 (as tested: $53,035)
ENGINE TYPE__________________ 24-valve V-6 w/DI
HORSEPOWER (net)_____________ 304 at 6400 rpm
TORQUE (lb.-ft.)_____________ 273 at 5200 rpm
TRANSMISSION_________________ 6-speed automatic
WHEELBASE____________________ 113.4 in.
OVERALL LENGTH_______________ 191.3 in.
TURNING CIRCLE (curb-to-curb) 36 ft.
FUEL CAPACITY________________ 18 gal.
EPA MILEAGE RATING___________ 18 mpg city, 26 mpg highway
Copyright, Motor Matters, 2010