Cadillac Hopes to Score Big with its 2010 CTS Sport Wagon

For the better part of the last decade, GM’s Cadillac division has been on a mission to transform its image to appeal to a younger demographic and compete with European luxury cars. The company has succeeded in establishing the mid-size CTS sedan as one of the finest domestically built luxury cars, capable of competing head-to-head with BMW, Mercedes and Lexus models.

Now, Cadillac is looking to build on that success with its introduction of the CTS Sport Wagon.

The 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon adheres to the automaker’s “Art and Science” design principles and employs in the same 113.4-inch wheelbase as the CTS sedan. At 191.3-inches, the new 5-door is actually slightly shorter than the 4-door sedan which first appeared in GM’s 2008 model-year lineup.

Also carried over from the CTS sedan are the aggressive grille works, fender ports and headlights, but the Sport Wagon features a chrome-rimmed greenhouse that adds a touch of sportiness and angular taillights float above the flush rear bumper. The Sport Wagon sports low-profile tires mounted on a choice of 17-, 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels.

The Sport Wagon’s interior is refined and richly appointed with the CTS’s signature motorcycle-style gauges, ergonomically designed tilt/telescope steering wheel and center stack controls console. OnStar comes standard, and a center dash mounted, 8-inch 3D imaging navigation system is optional as is a panoramic sunroof.

Also standard are leatherette upholstery and a power hatch that accesses a large, flat cargo floor featuring rail-mounted tie-down clips. The floor panel can be lifted to access an additional, concealed cargo area.

With the rear seats up, the cargo area measures 25 cubic feet. With the 60/40 split rear seats folded, the cargo area can be expanded to an impressive 53.4 cubic feet.

With its standard 3.0-liter, all-aluminum, direct-injection V6 engine, the 2010 Sport Wagon delivers 270 horsepower with 273 pound-feet of torque. An optional direct-injection 3.6-liter V6 that delivers the same 304 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque found in the sedan.

The Sport Wagon comes with an automatic six-speed transmission with paddle shifters optional and an all-wheel drive model is available.

The CTS Sport Wagon features vented disc brakes with Brake Assist and ABS that provide smooth, stabile decelerations of 60 to 0 in a mere 112 feet.

There are three suspension systems available. The FE1 suspension system is the softest, while the ride delivered by the FE2 suspension will be familiar to Cadillac enthusiasts. The FE3 suspension is tight and somewhat rough by Cadillac standards but delivers crisp, responsive handling that rivals that of any European luxury car on the road today.

With an EPA rated at 18 mpg city / 26 mpg highway, the CTS Sport Wagon has an Energy Impact Score of 16.3 barrels of oil annually with a carbon footprint of 8.7 tons.

Pricing starts at $40,655 with the all-wheel drive option commanding an additional $1,900. The well-equipped CTS Sport Wagon with optional 3.6-liter engine, 8-inch navigation system and sunroof tops $50K.

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