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Driven: 2010 Cadillac CTS Wagon

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The Cadillac CTS Wagon offers just as much, if not more, day-to-day utility as most SUVs or crossovers while being a heckuvalot more fun to drive.

It's easy to feel like an old nag when saying this, because nearly all of the High Gear Media editorial staff, and nearly every new-car reviewer and critic in the U.S., has been arguing this about sport wagons for more than a decade.

And yet real car shoppers don't seem to listen.

Wagons—even the really great wagons like the CTS—still sell in very low volumes. It's gotten so bad that BMW, one of the companies from which we've come to expect sport wagons, is thinking about passing on its Touring (wagon) body style for its new 2011 BMW 5-Series this time around, now that the all-new 2011 5-Series GT fastback is available. Why? The 5-Series wagon has been selling at a rate of well under 1,000 a year, before the GT arrived. We don't blame them.

So at the risk of preaching to the choir, we'll try it again: The 2010 Cadillac CTS Wagon has everything we love about the CTS sedan, only in an even better, more useful and, dare we say, more attractive package.

Better looking than the sedan?

Just as in the CTS sedan, we like the sparing use of chrome in the grille, and the contrast between gray plastic and chrome vertical accents with the chrome Cadillac wreath. And the swept-up-and-back headlamps are still almost mesmerizing in their detail. While the sedan looks a little too boxy and high-tailed to some eyes, the angular-ness of the Wagon's taillights and back end—especially the way the back lights come to a tip at the top—seem to better fit the front-end cues. And there's a great contrast in the way the plentiful fine details in front and in back volley with the deliciously neat and uncluttered side profile.

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