2011 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon


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2011 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2011 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon was new.


Performance: 9.1

Test drivers like the 2011 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon’s choice of engines and drivetrains, but its sporty handling dynamics stand out the most.

  • "The ride and handling is pure sport, and unless you look behind you you'd never know it was a wagon." -- The Detroit News
  • "Mechanically, the Sport Wagon is identical to the CTS sport sedan, offering a choice of rear- or all-wheel-drive, two engines and standard six-speed automatic transmission." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "I know, 'sport sedan' and 'station wagon': The terms might seem as notionally dissonant as 'Rhodes Scholar' and 'Wasilla, Alaska.' And yet, as I've said many times and many ways, the sport wagon genotype -- which involves grafting a cargo hold to the back of a fast sedan -- is the perfect solution for emotionally mature motorheads." -- Los Angeles Times

Acceleration and Power

The 2011 CTS Sport Wagon offers two engine options. Base and Luxury trims feature a 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 270 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 223 pound-feet of torque at 5,700 rpm. Meanwhile, Performance and Premium trims come equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that generates 304 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 273 pound-feet of torque at 5,200 rpm. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard for all trims.

According to the EPA, the CTS Sport Wagon nets a city/highway fuel economy ranging from 12/28 to 18/27 mpg, depending on engine and drivetrain.

  • "Cadillac offers the wagon with a 3-liter direct injection that produces 270 horsepower and 223 pound-feet of torque. It will also give you 27 miles per gallon on the highway and 18 mpg in the city -- very respectable numbers for a car that weighs more than 4,200 pounds." -- The Detroit News
  • "Equipped with the higher-end V-6 engine making 304 horsepower, the CTS wagon has enough oomph to powerfully lug around whatever you load it up with, and it sports a little driving thrill, too." -- Mother Proof
  • "Like the sedan, the 3.6-liter V-6 has excellent get-up-and-go. No hesitation at launch, passing or merging, with the smooth and quiet ride you expect in a luxury vehicle." -- Chicago Tribune

Handling and Braking

Test drivers find that the CTS Sport Wagon is, indeed, sporty and fun to drive. All trims are available in either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive trains.

  • "The ride is smooth but firm, the steering exact and well balanced, just like the CTS. It easily handles daily errands and makes weekend getaway much more enjoyable. This Cadillac is prepared for the long haul, just like the brides we watched walk down the aisle. Mature but youthful" -- The Detroit News
  • "The CTS Sport Wagon corners with tight, controlled agility, with little body roll and lots of bite on turn-in and loads of sideways grip. The steering feel is nicely hefty, certain, well isolated yet communicative. Good brakes too." -- Los Angeles Times
  • "Handling is crisp; steering precise. Stability and traction control are standard for very good road manners." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "The CTS wagon's drivability points, however, get a slight ding in my book due to the super stiff "sport" suspension. I'd have preferred, and quite frankly expected from Cadillac, the option of an adjustable suspension, allowing me to choose the ride squishiness (that's the technical term) depending upon the road condition, my mood, the lunar cycle or Mercury's position in retrograde." -- Mother Proof
  • "We'd think twice about choosing the 19-inch wheels-we noticed an SUV-like ride harshness and noise level that would make the all-weather utility of the smaller wheels our choice." -- Popular Mechanics

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