Blame it on the price of gas. Blame it on the ever-increasing focus on environmental issues. Whatever the cause, the SUV is out of favor, and the station wagon is back.
Need more evidence that wagons are back? Check out the 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon. Available with either a standard 3.0-liter direct-injection V-6 that makes 270 horsepower or an optional 3.6-liter direct-injection V-6 that makes 304 horsepower, this new Caddy gives buyers who want a little more cargo another option instead of selecting a SUV or a crossover. Both engines are mated to 6-speed automatic transmissions, and all-wheel drive is available. Cadillac also says that the CTS Sport Wagon can run on regular unleaded gas.
Our time behind the wheel was brief, but our initial drive taught us a few things. The CTS is quick off the line, and it offers plenty of "sport" in terms of steering feel. While there was no chance to bring out a tape measure, a quick glance around shows that the Sport Wagon also has plenty of cargo space.
Of course, this is a Cadillac, so the price of entry isn't cheap. The lowest-price CTS checks in for around $36K, and prices can head north of 50 grand if the car isn't optioned carefully. The certainly doesn't look cheap, it's handsome, both inside and out. The interior, especially, is pleasing to the eye, but the exterior also looks good--the designers managed to preserve the overall CTS look, even in wagon form.
Wagons traditionally aren't strong sellers in the U.S., and we don't expect the CTS Sport Wagon to change that trend. However, it does make for a nice alternative to SUVs and crossovers--it's certainly worth a look.