2012 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon Review

The 2012 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon offers attractive interior styling and powerful engine choices.

Pros & Cons

  • Elegant interior design
  • Powerful engine options
  • Poor rearward visibility

New for 2012

  • 3.6-liter V6 received a 14-horsepower increase
  • Bluetooth became standard
  • New front grille design

Rankings & Research

The 2012 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon's #6 ranking is based on its score within the 2012 Wagons category. Currently the Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon has a score of 8.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 38 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.8
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2012 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon Overview

The 2012 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon comes standard with a 3.0-liter V6 engine that critics said delivers adequate power. However, they recommended choosing the 3.6-liter V6, which offers plenty of highway passing power. A six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard, and all-wheel drive was optional when it was new. A supercharged V8 engine comes in the high-performance Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon, which is available with six-speed manual or automatic transmissions. The 2012 CTS Sport Wagon gets up to an EPA-estimated 18/27 mpg city/highway, which is good for a six-cylinder wagon. Reviewers wrote that the CTS Sport Wagon has a comfortable ride, though some noted that an available sport suspension makes it ride more harshly. While critics agreed that the CTS Sport Wagon offers athletic handling, accurate steering and strong brakes, some noted that competitors like the BMW 3-Series Sport Wagon are more nimble.

Critics praised the 2012 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon’s elegant interior design, with highlights that include an available retractable navigation screen and first-rate materials. Some reviewers complained that the CTS Sport Wagon’s front seats have cushions that are too firm or mounted too low to provide a comfortable driving position. Additionally, a few mentioned that the rearward visibility is compromised by thick roof pillars. The CTS Sport Wagon has a maximum of 58 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, which is a bit low for the class. The base 2012 CTS Sport Wagon comes with Bluetooth, satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power liftgate and a seven-speaker Bose stereo system. Available features include navigation, a rearview camera, heated front seats and leather upholstery.

Other Wagons to Consider

Test drivers said the 2012 BMW 3-Series Sport Wagon is a bit more agile than the CTS Sport Wagon, and they liked its powerful six-cylinder engine. Additionally, critics agreed that the 3-Series Wagon’s interior features appealing styling and high-quality materials.

The 2012 Acura TSX Sport Wagon comes with more standard features than the CTS Sport Wagon, and it has a slightly larger cargo area. Reviewers liked the TSX Sport Wagon’s attractive interior design, as well as its peppy acceleration and nimble handling.

Compare the CTS Sport Wagon, 3-Series Sport Wagon and TSX Sport Wagon »

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