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TheCarConnection.com drove the Cadillac CTS Sport Sedan and CTS Sport Wagon to write this review from firsthand driving impressions. Editors compared the CTS to its European and Japanese competition to help you narrow your car-shopping choices. TheCarConnection.com also assembled a companion Full Review, to bring you a condensed look at the opinions and comments found on other respected car-review Web sites.
- Distinctive styling, especially Sport Wagon
- Excellent handling and braking
- Top tech features, including Bluetooth
- World-class quality levels
- Class-topping weight impedes performance
- Busy interior design
- Notchy manual transmission
The 2010 Cadillac CTS is General Motors' entry-level luxury sedan in the U.S. market. Redesigned in 2008, the CTS lineup gets a new Sport Wagon model for 2010 (and a CTS Coupe is coming in 2011). With a base price of about $37,000, the CTS lineup can run up to $54,000 for the premium all-wheel-drive wagon-and the related CTS-V supersedan costs far more (it's reviewed separately). Though the CTS is a little longer and wider than its competitors, the Cadillac goes up against the BMW 3-Series, the Infiniti G37 / EX35, the Audi A4, and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
The 2010 CTS is, in some eyes, the most distinctive of all the vehicles in this set.
Sharply folded edges, a chunky stance, and lots of chrome details give the sedan a stubby, sporting look. The huge Cadillac wreath-and-crest logo in front isn't subtle, but then, not much about the CTS is. This latest version is less tall and awkward than the prior version, and it projects a uniquely American look that's appealing from most angles. The 2010 CTS Sport Wagon is a little visually kinkier; the rear end intentionally rises out of skew to the rear side windows, and the V-shaped tailgate narrows cargo room a little for a brand-underscoring styling moment. There's a subtle motion along the body that emphasizes, rather than subdues, the big rear end. If you're no fan of Cadillac's "Art & Science" styling theme, it doesn't get any softer with the added wagon back. The interior design is attractive, but it might not suit everyone's tastes, especially those used to the Teutonic design approach of less is more. It's smooth and flowing in its contours, but far glitzier than any Audi you may have sampled, and some plastic pieces seem to stand front and center for attention-a trend we're also noticing in other high-end brands.