A New Body for the New Year: The 2010 Wagon from Cadillac

January 2, 2010/Steve Tackett

MOTOR MATTERS NEW ON WHEELS BY CONNIE KEANE

Luxury buyers who are stepping down from big sport utility vehicles — but who want utility, luxury and cargo space — have something new to consider: a wagon from Cadillac.
The 2010 CTS Sport Wagon is the first-ever North American wagon from Cadillac. Like its sporty stable mate, the CTS Sport Sedan, the wagon is the same on the outside and on the inside. Like the sedan, it too, carries five occupants, but the wagon has double the cargo-carrying capacity with 53.4 cubic feet when the second-row seat is folded.
The CTS Sport Wagon is for sophisticated luxury buyers with active lifestyles. The taut, edgy exterior style lines of the wagon are aggressive — even youthful — so the CTS Sport Wagon has a contemporary appeal, dismissing any lingering unflattering perceptions of the station wagon of yesteryear.
The 2010 CTS Sport Wagon comes with two engine offerings. Starting at $39,830, the rear-wheel drive wagon has a standard 3.0-liter V-6 coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission. Power outputs are rated at 270 horsepower with EPA fuel returns of 18 miles per gallon city and 26 mpg highway.
I drove the optional all-wheel drive 3.6-liter V-6 with Direct Injection, generating 304 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is also hooked to an automatic six and the EPA estimates the AWD model’s fuel economy returns also at 18/26 mpg. The CTS Sport Wagon top line pricing is $53,620.
Underbelly hardware is the same as the CTS sedan. Three suspension-tuning levels are available depending on the engine selection and drive configuration. All models have an independent front suspension system — with performance characteristics — and a multi-link rear suspension designed to contribute to sporty ride and handling. Enhancing the sporty look are 19-inch wheels. Of course StabiliTrak and ABS with traction control are standard, and so too, are six airbags.
The inside of the tester includes a terrific two-row panoramic sunroof that gives an open-air environment to the low-profile sport wagon.

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The power liftgate is a real convenience that operates through the overhead console or the key fob. The controls to the liftgate have two height settings that allow the gate to open fully or three-quarters to suit the desires of the owner.
Being a “sport wagon” the driver’s controls are designed with a sporty cockpit feel. French stitching on the upholstery carries through the rest of the interior treatment, along the door inserts, gear shifter boot and the instrument panel. A genuine Sapele Pommele wood finishes the $50K luxury wagon.
Today’ state of the art entertainment technology is offered in the 2010 CTS Sport Wagon. Buyers can find an array of the newest tech stuff, such as 40-gigabyte internal hard drive audio system, MP3 capability, Bluetooth, ultrasonic parking assist, keyless access with smart remote start.
Cadillac’s 2010 CTS Sport Wagon is a nice middle ground vehicle. It’s cargo capable like a crossover and sport utility vehicle with the sensibilities of a midsize sedan. — Connie Keane, Motor Matters

Next New On Wheels: 2010 Honda Element
Next New On Wheels (Bonus Wheels): 2010 Lexus RX 350

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SPECIFICATIONS
2010 CADILLAC CTS SPORT WAGON
VEHICLE TYPE_________________ 5-passenger AWD midsize wagon
BASE PRICE___________________ Tested: $53,620
ENGINE TYPE__________________ 24-valve DOHC V-6 w/DI
DISPLACEMENT_________________ 3.6-liter
HORSEPOWER (net)_____________ 304 at 6400 rpm
TORQUE (lb.-ft.)_____________ 273 at 5200 rpm
TRANSMISSION_________________ 6-speed automatic
WHEELBASE____________________ 113.4 in.
OVERALL LENGTH_______________ 191.3 in.
CURB WEIGHT__________________ 4,500 lbs. (est)
FUEL CAPACITY________________ 18 gal.
EPA MILEAGE RATING___________ 18 mpg city, 26 mpg highway

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2011 FORD MUSTANG: The 2011 Ford Mustang GT arrives with an all-new advanced 5.0-liter V-8 engine that will deliver 412 horsepower and 390 ft.-lb. of torque. The six-speed automatic transmission on the 2011 Mustang GT will deliver up to an estimated 25 mpg highway and 17 in the city, up from 23 mpg highway and 17 city for the 2010 model. The six-speed manual transmission 2011 Mustang GT is projected to deliver 24 mpg highway and 16 city, matching the 2010 model but delivering significantly more horsepower and performance feel. (Source: Ford Motor Company)
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WINTER DRIVING TIP: Anticipate difficult situations. Studies have shown that 80 percent of all accidents could be prevented with just an additional 1.0 second to react. In many situations the added second can be gained by looking far enough down the road to identify problems. Allow plenty of space between your car and other vehicles. It takes from four to 10 times more distance to stop on ice and snow than on dry pavement. (Source: Bridgestone)
Copyright, Motor Matters, 2010

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