We also chose the Tremec six-speed manual over the automatic—what isn’t awesome about a manual-equipped 556-hp wagon? So it’s a pretty sad sight, and we have the growing SUV segment and the automakers’ lack of trust for this. Government fuel economy ratings for the rear drive 3.6-liter Sport Wagon are 18 city, 26 highway on regular gas, but all we managed was a rather disappointing 19.2 miles per gallon in mixed driving. VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 5-door wagon, PRICE AS TESTED: $68,640 (base price: $64,340), ENGINE TYPE: supercharged and intercooled pushrod 16-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection, Displacement: 376 cu in, 6162 cc Power: 556 hp @ 6100 rpm Torque: 551 lb-ft @ 3800 rpm, DIMENSIONS:Wheelbase: 113.4 in Length: 191.3 in Width: 72.5 in Height: 59.1 in Curb weight: 4393 lb, PERFORMANCE: 40,000 MILES Zero to 60 mph: 4.0 sec Zero to 100 mph: 9.0 sec Zero to 130 mph: 15.1 sec Zero to 150 mph: 21.5 sec Street start, 5-60 mph: 4.5 sec Standing ¼-mile: 12.3 sec @ 118 mph Top speed (drag limited): 185 mph Braking, 70-0 mph: 161 ft Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.89 g, FUEL ECONOMY:EPA city/highway driving: 14/19 mpg C/D observed: 15 mpg
There is little to compare it to in the North American market, but it sits in company with European fast wagons such as the Audi RS6 Estate. And I must say, I count myself as an envious neighbor! There was, back in the 70s, a Saturday morning cartoon in which the heroes could push a button on the dashboard of their van and turn it into a fire truck, dune buggy or stretch limo – whatever they needed. Update: A Cadillac spokesperson informed CNET that the company will offer a CTS-V Wagon as a 2014 model based on the current generation. I agree with the styling. On the flipside, both the coupe and wagon were cancelled for the third-gen model, and there’s no sign that they will return anytime soon. Building digital Vs on Caddy’s website is something we dabble in daily around here, so when it came to selecting from the few available options, we were well versed on the possibilities. Well, with the CTS now firmly rooted as the best sport sedan ever made by an American brand, it’s time for Cadillac to do what a European brand would do, and build on success. Excessive doting ensued. Jalopnik Staffer from 2013 to 2020, now Editor-In-Chief at Car Bibles, Real talk: where do these rank on the spectrum of “wagons with boss powah?”, Everything you need to know about and expect during, the most important election of our lifetimes.
The sedan’s optional Recaro performance seats wrapped in Mulan leather upholstery would probably be offered on the wagon too. With any luck this Caddy will be as short-lived as the Magnum. Currently the Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon has a score of 8.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation … Sure wish GM would sell me some sort of Astra/Insignia wagon derivative that I could afford. “The tester had 19’ all season tires” Especially the bit “In a true wagon, the B, C, and D pillars are close to vertical.” All things considered, the initial and final tests were right on top of each other, with little discernible difference. Not only would we be able to spec the car as we wanted—556-hp supercharged V-series, please—but Cadillac would also let us walk the car down the assembly line at the Lansing Grand River plant, getting our hands dirty where there was minimal chance of chopping them off. 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon Long-Term Road Test: 40,000-Mile Wrap We spent 40,000 miles with America's most accomplished car, Cadillac's 556-hp V wagon… The engine in the 2013 model is phenomenal, delivering huge acceleration with its supercharger, and producing 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of torque.
Its interface is a little confusing, mostly controllable with the touch screen but offering some menu navigation and selection from a dial on the center stack. There’s no manual for the CTS-V sedan so it’s safe to assume that the wagon wouldn’t get one. Output comes from the already familiar twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8, which in this configuration is rated at 603 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of twist. Crappy MPG without a lot of interior volume isn’t super-appealing either. The CTS Sport Wagon grabs the pavement with low-profile rubber wrapped around 17-, 18-, or our car’s 19-inch alloy wheels. Pity I had too much trouble deciphering it. All-wheel drive adds $1,900 more.
However, I didn't need to change gears much, as third had a very wide power band. Although the window has been by far our biggest problem with the V, we’ve had a few other issues, some we can blame on ourselves and a few that we can’t. A second front wheel became bent, the likely victim of a Michigan pothole, so we again relied on the services of Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists of Michigan (www.awrsm.com).
Sorry; Monday morning rush. This way it looks sporty and sexy = more of an eye magnet. In a true wagon, the back end of the roof is as high as any other point.
I keep hoping BMW will bring over a 2wd 320D-T six-speed by the time I am ready to trade my Saab, but I am not holding my breath. Those things are programmed by people, you know.. just kidding! I looked up the curb weight of my old same-size 9-5… about 3300 lbs. The wagon format of this powerful 2013 Cadillac CTS-V gives it an undeniable cool factor, while the handling is surprisingly excellent. I guess that’s why they make a manual mode. For first-timers, an impatient ingress can mean two tugs of the door.
Those are the best numbers we’ve seen from any manual V and significantly better than the V wagon we sampled last fall. The tailgate opens to about seven feet and closes with the touch of a button. to make the word ‘sport’ more than a marketing term. We expect that figure to drop as the snow melts and our right ankles unfreeze.
With a button push, I could choose between Touring and Sport settings, the latter tightening up the ride without making it uncomfortable. In between there’s a redesigned rear window, a thinner, but wider chrome trim above the trapezoidal license plate recess, and a beefier bumper. It’s no secret here in New England as you see these wagons everywhere. The 2009 appears to be better than average so far, based on a small sample. https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/mercedes-e55-amg-wagon/. It too bad audi and merc killed off their hotrod wagons here. Just past the 10,000-mile mark, after a carwash, the right rear window decided it liked being rolled down and that it would handle the task itself.
LOl seriously, I drove the CTS wagon, and it’s not bad….but for $10k less, I’d rather have one of these……if you can find one…more space, refinement, and of course way more power/torque! Specifically, the vented front hood would hide the bonkers supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8. I find the D pillar design of this wagon to be unforgivable. FE2 is significantly sportier, while the aggressive FE3 with load leveling is the stiffest. The final instance happened in the rain. We delete comments that violate our policy, which we encourage you to read. I think it’s one of the smarter moves the brand can make.
The Bluetooth hands-free phone system offers minimal features and there is no audio streaming to the stereo. The Audi drives well, and has maybe a slightly better ride/handling compromise, but the 4-cylinder/automatic combination (the only configuration they offer here) just doesn’t have enough guts. All-wheel-drive is also an option on the wagon, but ours invested all of its powers in the rear wheels with a limited-slip differential. But that’s a reality of driving a 556-hp car every day, and we don’t like to think about our V’s odo hitting 40,000 miles.