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2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon: Perfection in a Family Hauler Page 2


2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon interior

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon interior

At home on the inside

As the top-tier V series, you’d expect a lot of standard luxury features. The 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon delivers here as well. Heated driver and front passenger bucket seats with lumbar support and seat memory, leather-wrapped steering wheel, navigation system, rear parking assist, rearview camera, premium sound system, MP3 playback, XM Satellite Radio with three months trial subscription, OnStar with one-year Directions & Connections plan, remote keyless entry, and vehicle anti-theft system – just to name a few.

Speaking of the audio system, it’s a beauty: 10-speaker Bose 5.1 surround sound system, hard-drive device, AM/FM/RDS2/MP3/DVD with USB connectivity and steering-wheel-mounted controls.

Leather seating, ventilated seats, remote vehicle start, power tilt/sliding sunroof and panoramic roof are optional. Optional performance seating includes ventilated driver and front passenger Recaro 14-way power-adjustable performance seats with performance metal pedals.

The power liftgate with memory height makes access to the trunk and its 58 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. So convenient for hauling Brutus in his dog carrier or tons of stuff from Home Depot or Costco – not to mention coolers or gear for various family outings. Oh, and the CTS-V Sport Wagon also comes with integrated roof rails for packing whatever other travel essentials top-side.

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon

Summing it up

It’s often said that the world’s best vehicles are the sum of their parts. Luxury models have to deliver on all fronts in order to capture consumer interest to the point of plunking down cash or committing to a multi-year finance or lease program.

Family Car Guide thinks the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon comes pretty darn close to being a family-car pleaser on just about every measure. (Would have been nice if the optional Recaro seats were part of the overall package and not $3,400 extra, though.)

How much of a market is there for a CTS-V Sport Wagon that carries a 2011 starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $63,465? Hey, look at it this way. Cadillac has rounded out the regular CTS lineup and the uber-performance CTS-V lineup with the addition of a sport wagon. For drivers who want a sporty family vehicle that’s right up there with a luxury performance sedan, can carry four with comfort and luxury, with meticulous craftsmanship and the kind of power you’d expect at a track, the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon may just be the perfect family addition.

One last point worth mentioning. Motor Authority thought so much of the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon that it named it “2011 Best Car to Buy.”

Enough said.

Check out the full first drive of the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon at Motor Authority.

[Motor Authority]


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