Fit, muscle toned and fabulous at forty, I probably would have cussed you out if ever you even suggested I’d be mackin’ a station wagon prior to the age of 70! Then came the 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon.
Seemingly designed as an extended version of the sexy and very sophisticated Cadillac CTS, the CTS Sport Wagon is yet another clear example of Cadillac’s resurgence as the luxury leader of the pack when it comes to american cars. CTS’s big, bad and very commanding front grill—a Cadillac signature once again, along with air vents on the front side panels, sharp angular window lines and sleek rear lights outlining each side corner from top to bumper say style all the way! Seriously, I can not tell you how many times this week someone has either given me the thumbs up on the freeway, or actually stopped, rolled their window down and said, “wow, that’s nice!”
On a 19 degree morning such as this, the remote start is at the top of my list of favorite things about the CTS Sport Wagon. With the remote aimed at the car, you simply press the button to lock the doors, then hit the start button (also on the remote) for smooth cranking. It sits and heats itself so that by the time you arrive—say 5-10 minutes later (it shuts down after 10-minutes), grab the door handle which automatically unlocks so long as you have the remote in close proximity– get in and then physically turn the ignition forward, it’s already nice and cozy inside. And with the ignition now turned forward the navigation screen slides up (it slides up and down as the car is turned on and off), the radio comes alive and you’re ready to roll!
This particular trim level–V6 Premium Collection–includes a 304 horsepower engine with a six speed automatic transmission. Don’t you just love cars with adaptive forward lighting whereby you can practically see the lights following the direction you steer as guided by your eyes? If so, this one does that too! The lift gate is power. The front seats are heated and cooled. It has Navigation as well as Onstar’s turn by turn directions (which you get with compliments for one year), a rear view camera of course, a nice Bose 5.1 surround system with 10-speakers and a 40GB hard drive to store stuff like the new Sade CD! I love the double glass roof panels they refer to as an “ultraview sunroof,” with an additional power sunscreen. Oh, and this one has 19-inch polished rims rather than the standard 18’s. You get to program the door locks and a few other features, some of which initially had me puzzled. For example, with the remote close by you can simply place your hand on the door and it will automatically unlock. However, to lock you can program the car to do so automatically minutes after exiting the car, or if the driver opens their door then hits the power door lock button, an interior chime will sound and soon after the driver’s door closes the car will lock itself. And at night the ambient lighting is so sexy!
With a base of $51,720 it delivers 18 mpg city/26 highway on regular unleaded gasoline.The 19-inch rims, the sport suspension system, shift controls on the steering wheel, performance brakes and cooling system brings it to $55,630. And I assure you that you will never look, or feel like you’re driving grandpa’s station wagon!