The market's sharpest wagon is well-equipped for Northern winters
The CTS family is growing faster than Tiger Woods' legal bill. Cadillac kicked off their second-generation 3-Series threat with a rear or all-wheel-drive sedan, added a 556-horsepower performance model, and has just tossed a wagon into the mix, too. Look for a Coupe coming very soon as well. Like the sedan, the Sport Wagon is currently available with two V6 engines and All Wheel Drive (AWD).
This story focuses on the current top-line CTS Wagon—the CTS4 Sport Wagon 3.6. The nomenclature indicates that the tester came with the up-level V6 in the engine room and an automatic All Wheel Drive (AWD) system under the floor. The premise here is simple: the CTS4 Sport Wagon aims to be a premium, fun-to-drive, all-season cruiser with an eye for winter motoring confidence.
Careful, it’s sharp
Pointy slashes, complex lines and blade-like chrome jewelry adorn the Sport Wagon’s body-- which has a number of edges that look sharp enough to cut oneself on.
Not for a second does it look like designers simply slapped a wagon backside onto the standard car. The body’s proportions and alertness need to be seen in person, and photos don’t do the coupe-like stance justice.
Striking, snug, very high-tech
Speaking of coupe-like, the Sport Wagon’s interior poses the same size compromise as the sedan. Wagon or not, drivers of above-average height or width will likely find things a bit tight in the head or knee-room departments, respectively.
Other complaints included relatively small at-hand storage compartments, the lack of a sunglass holder, and the awkward placement of window switches behind the arm-rest on the driver’s door.
The rear seat bench offers space for two adults or three kids with relative ease. It can be occupied by 3 grown-ups, too—all of whom will gripe initially about the snug fit before finding it comfy once settled into.
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