Review: Cadillac CTS Sportwagon AWD

Posted on 30. Nov, 2009 by in Auto News

It was in the 70s, a Saturday morning cartoon in which the hero could push a button on the dashboard of their van and a fire truck, dune buggy or stretch limo – what ever they are needed. They do not really make this vehicle. I know because I saw. I need one. On most days of the week I start my commute in a small bus, spend time sitting and wished for a softer, more plush surroundings and ultimately – if the traffic thins – desperate for a street legal club racer. Now, finally, after 40 years, I have found my car.

The Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon enters market abandon other, and I think it's one of the smarter moves the brand can make. CUVs are wagons on stilts. If you do not need to rock climb – and most of them do not anyway – the closer the focus is on the ground, the more fun you'll have to drive. So if you want to haul dogs, hockey equipment, or skydiving gear and enjoy the task, the Sport Wagon is the way to go.

Unfortunately, sports cars have gone the way of the Woody. In the U.S., at least. Mercedes like 'em high. Volvo R's now just one style. Audi and BMW have very competitive offering in this class, but Cadillac has to beat them when it comes to all things balance.We're not talking optimum weight distribution for ingenuity on the track that is CTS Sport Wagon for real life balanced.

The test car was a black four-wheel drive 3.6L V6 Premium. That means a 304 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, which is decent, usable power, despite the two tons of steel and glass to be able to have to get your hands. A 3.0 V-6 is also available. The variable valve timing has been required in this class, so it probably deserves no mention, except that this is a total engine as smooth sherry oak. Push the 5-6 one thousand RPMs is rewarding, inspiring heavy-footed antics behind the wheel.

Unfortunately, the emphasis on chassis competence through thrill has not. The optional sports suspension, the car the road trims nice nice enough, and there are just enough rear-wheel drive bias and forward play Ed: foreplay? the word "sport" more than making just a marketing term. There are some roles and not enough juice to throw out your back, especially when configured with AWD. The tester had 19 "all-season tires, so I think the chassis has more to offer. Comparable Audi and BMW models are probably more friendly track, but between the Church and the donut shop, you will not notice it.

What you will notice is the ride. The CTS sucks the road imperfections like a much bigger car. Cadillac has the settings turned slightly towards comfort – from the handling – and it feels like a very nice compromise. When attempting to attract customers with European taste for rear garage, they have not forgotten, they are Cadillac, and the Sportwagon is comfortable right car.

The six-speed transmission is only responsible. It was no longer active, as some others, which grew a tooth, but it did not jump every time I wanted. I think that's why they make a manual mode. Still, I'm not sure I should know better than the computer.

My major quibble is with the brakes. They had a lot of game and did not follow the same use-of-force curve of any modern car I've driven in the past two years. You stop the car. You have to stop it even good. You do not just stop when you think they do. I eventually got used to flatter curve, but I can not say that I always liked it. Not necessarily a deal breaker, just weird.

The exterior is the best use yet of Cadillac box of knives design language.Like a Photoshopper extension of the model to make the legs of a Tod's ad more attractive, the body is the roof and hip-extension lines, the CTS design makes elegant without thereby to the punch. This is Cadillac's best looking car. In 30 years, anyway.

Likewise, the interior can not allow the rest of the vehicle down. Much. The wood paneling seems stale, but the alternative is fake fake carbon fiber alternative. Otherwise you are in the kind of airport lounge has no more: silver bevels, sumptuous leather and plastics worthy. I like the air vents in the center column and the navigation screen, the device integrates out of control the way. The car in question has a number of features that are missing notched brothers. The tailgate opens and closes about seven feet with the push of a button. The car bed has rails and buttons and ties and networks so you can use the space for whatever it is that you bought this thing to configure primarily place. Rear seats up, you have 25 m of the platform (more than the competition). Sit down you are 53, which is mid-pack.

The estimated mileage is 18 city, 26 highway 21 average. Even mid-pack when the horsepower advantage. Write your order improves a different way (ie, without the AWD and 3.6) and your mileage. And do not say you do not care. In my experience, not people who buy the cars care about such things, even if they have to shell out 50 large-positioned for a barge.

Or not. The prevailing thought may be that car owners are a bit more practical than the masses coupe and sedan, but I think carters are simply impatient. You do not want to switch cars to do different things. You want a car that can do everything – plow blaring on the highway with two bales of peat, heated seats and ten speakers. The CTS Sport Wagon can. It can not just turn into an ice cream truck or moving craft with the flip of a switch, but close enough.