Driven: 2010 Cadillac CTS Wagon Page 3

March 9, 2010
The instrument panel is identical to that of the CTS sedan, thankfully, and the interior materials are just as premium looking and well fitted. The fit and finish of the CTS controls and interior trim pieces is about perfect, the soft stitched dash surface feels like more than just an appliqué, and we couldn't find a creak or rattle in the place. The Sapele wood trim in CTS Premium test car was a great pairing with the matte-metallic and gray hues that line the lower dash and doors.

Tight backseat, awesome cargo space

Just as in the sedan, we're not so fond of how low the climate-control display is from the line of vision, but that's a minor quibble. A more significant quibble is the CTS Wagon's surprising lack of backseat legroom. If you have taller adults to fit both in the front seat and in back at the same time, someone's not going to be happy. Also, the dull, hard plastic used at the back of the front seats and the rear of the center console is hardly inspiring for rear passengers.

The cargo floor is perfectly flat and quite low (wide, too), with a low sill and huge hatch opening for easy loading. And even with the back seats in the up position, there's lots of cargo space, along with anchor points and a small recessed area with a cargo net.

Really, it's all the space you'd get in a crossover, but at an easier load height. And we told you about the handling?

An automaker official recently mused that the only people who actually buy sport wagons are those who work for the automaker, automotive journalists, and a very narrow band of enthusiasts. Sad as it might be, he said, it's barely enough to justify a separate body style.

Come on. Please prove 'em wrong.

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