Following the successful launch of its second-generation CTS sedan, Cadillac introduced a wagon variant (along with a coupe version) of the luxury car in 2009. Created as an alternative to larger utility vehicles, the CTS Sport Wagon promises the same stylish good looks and competent handling as its sedan counterpart, but with the added utility and cargo space of a wagon.
The Sport Wagon is highlighted by Cadillac's signature edgy styling, including a V-shaped rear deck and liftgate. Cadillac's integrated roof load management system allows for a little extra exterior cargo space, and also pays tribute to the brand's iconic rear tailfins of the '50s and '60s.
Inside, the Sport Wagon's interior mirrors that of the CTS sedan, save for the extra cargo room aft of the rear seats. With the rear seats up, the wagon provides 25 cubic feet of cargo space, with that number expanding to 58 cubic feet when the rear seats folded away. Stowage space aside, the cabin features a graceful, flowing center stack, a unique pop-up navigation screen and suitably high levels of material quality throughout. Limited rearward visibility is compromise necessitated by the exterior styling.
The standard engine is a 3.0-liter variable-valve-timing V6 with 270 horsepower and 223 lb-ft of torque, while those looking for a bit more power can choose a 3.6-liter V6 that offers 318 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. Both engines come exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission. The 3.0-liter mill returns 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, while the bigger unit is rated at 18/26.
Those looking for a wagon with weapons-grade thrust should consider the 556-horsepower CTS-V wagon.
Rear-wheel-drive is standard, while all-wheel-drive can be had as a traction-enhancing option for northern climates.
Trim Level Breakdown
The CTS Wagon is available in Standard, Luxury, Performance and Premium trim levels.
The CTS Wagon Standard comes with the 3.0-liter motor, leatherette upholstery, a seven-speaker Bose AM/FM/CD/SiriusXM stereo with an AUX input jack, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth smartphone connectivity, power-adjustable driver's seat, a power liftgate and 17-inch alloy wheels.
The CTS Wagon Luxury adds heated front seats, Sapele wood trim, a rearview camera, ambient interior lighting, a power-adjustable passenger's seat and memory functionality for both front seats.
The CTS Wagon Performance adds the 3.6-liter V6 in addition to leather upholstery, a sport suspension, Xenon HID headlights, 18-inch polished aluminum wheels and an upgraded 10-speaker Bose surround sound stereo.
The range-topping CTS Wagon Premium brings a navigation system, keyless start, extended Sapele wood trim, heated and ventilated front seats, keyless start and an UltraView sunroof.
All CTS models come standard with dual front, front side and full-length side curtain airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems and a tire-pressure monitoring system.
Those looking for an alternative to the CTS Sport Wagon are limited to three options: the BMW 3-Series Wagon, the Audi A4 Avant and the Acura TSX Sport Wagon.