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Cadillac CTS Review: There comes a time in everyone's life when we have to trade in our fun car for something more responsible. One moment we're drooling over neon paint and 20-inch wheels while dangling trinkets from the rear-view mirror, and in the next minute we're wishing for side airbags and enough space for a couple of baby seats. But it doesn't have to be that way. There are a few cars for grown-ups that somehow straddle the thin line between crazy fun and sensible transportation. This car, the Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon, is one of them.

It's actually a rare breed, a vehicle that tries to balance the competing needs of comfort, performance and usability, and it does the job well. Its station wagon layout makes it just as practical as a crossover vehicle, and crossovers are nothing but wagons that ride up high and take a testosterone injection. The new CTS, with its close-to-the-ground suspension, make it handle better than any of the SUV wannabes.

It may seem odd for Cadillac to make a station wagon, but somehow it just works. It looks sleek, like it's been shot from a polished steel cannon, and gets more attention than an ordinary CTS sedan. You don't see many cars like this. But however rare it is, a modern station wagon makes sense when you look at the grand arch of Cadillac history.

After starting out making literally the world's best cars in the early 20th Century, and some of America's most memorable cars in the 1950s, the brand had sunk to unthinkable lows by the 1980s and '90s, when it became the exclusive purveyor of boat like cars for little old ladies.

In the late '90s, though, Cadillac took a sharp turn. First came the big Escalade, which brought rappers and affluent young families into the old-lady brand, and then the zippy CTS, which was a good luxury car for people who actually like their cars to feel like they're on pavement, not the Intercoastal Waterways.

Today, Cadillac is making its lineup more European by focusing on driving dynamics and interior quality, the things buyers would normally look for in brands like Audi and BMW.

So, if Cadillac has already tuned the CTS on Germany's famous Nurburgring racetrack, how could it make its sports sedan even more European? Create a "shooting brake" version, that's how.

A "shooting brake" is what the English call a station wagon, the kind of car aristocrats could use to haul their hunting gear across their property. It's a more upscale concept than the station wagons we Americans often remember for having fake woodgrain stickers applied to the sides.

Today Aston Martin would never make a station wagon; it would most certainly make a "shooting brake." The Cadillac Sport Wagon takes this idea of a European-style, upscale wagon and adds an American brashness to it. It's a bombastic car with a giant front grille and willing V-6 engine, including a 3.6-liter version with direct injection that's absolutely delicious.

It's also comfortable, as you'd expect a Cadillac to be, with a nice interior that is nearly competitive with German luxury sedans, not quite to the same level of polish, but far closer than it was a couple of years ago. You can get a navigation system, seats that blow cold air on your backside, and a giant sunroof for enjoying the open air.

Pricing starts at $38,265, which is $1,800 more than a CTS sedan. It shares its architecture with the regular CTS, including its great driving feel, but it adds the practicality of the station wagon layout. It also adds the spunky, attention-getting look you once tried to achieve with neon paint and

20-inch wheels, proving that practicality really can be beautiful.

What was tested?  The 2010 Cadillac CTS V6 Premium Collection edition with a base price of $48,665. Options on the test car are 19-inch wheels for $2,090, a compact spare tire for $250, a rear cargo tray for $110 and the underhood appearance package for $100. The total MSRP price as tested, including the $825 destination charge, came to $52,040.

Why avoid it? You can't get it with a third-row seat like in bigger crossovers, and some people don't have pleasant memories of station wagons.

Why buy it? It drives like the sporty CTS sedan but has the added cargo capacity of a crossover vehicle. It also turns more heads with its space-age wagon look. By Derek Price © AutoWire.Net - San Francisco

The Bottom Line: The new 2010 Cadillac's CTS Sport Wagon looks sleek with an unusual layout, has the extra cargo capacity of a crossover vehicle, with the lowered look of a sporty station wagon. Plus this latest CTS V6 Premium Collection edition model has a high-quality interior that nearly rivals the best European luxury cars of today.

Bottom Line Review provided by: Tony Leopardo © AutoWire.Net

“Tony the Car Guy” is an automotive writer, editor and publisher in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you have a question or comment for Tony send it to or visit AutoWire.Net at

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Column Name: CTS wagon has European flair

Topic: The 2010 Cadillac CTS Premium Collection

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