2012 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon & CTS-V Wagon

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Pros: Powerful engines; Handling; Elegant Cabin and handsome design; Intuitive controls

Cons: Tight rear seat; Poor reward visibility; Firm seats; Premium price for the CTS-V

Overview
The 2012 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon is an enticing alternative for those looking for a compact luxury crossover. Thanks to its clean-cut, distinctive design, and level of quality, the Sport Wagon is a credible competitor in the luxury sport market. It offers one of the best interiors that GM had ever produced and its striking profile looks like nothing else on the road. It is most certainly a head turner.

The base 3.0-liter engine delivers a solid 270 hp but feels slightly anemic. A more powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine that delivers a solid 318 hp is standard on some models and optional on others. Stepping up to the CTS-V Sedan will get you more muscle, a total of 556 horses to be exact however it takes a bite out of your fuel economy.  It can be mated to a 6-speed automatic or manual transmission. I would recommend the manual for increased fun-factor. All-wheel drive is also available if you live in snowy climates.

The CTS Sport Wagon and CTS-V Wagon both offer a solid and composed ride although some may find the sport suspension too firm. Both also offer quick reflexes, precise steering and the athleticism you would expect from a finely tuned European car.

Body Styles, Trims & Options
Like the sedan, the 2012 CTS Sport Wagon is offered in four basic trim levels- Standard, Luxury, Performance and Premium. Each trim level is available in either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configurations.

The base model comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, a power liftgate, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, leatherette vinyl upholstery, an eight-way power adjustable driver seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a seven-speaker Bose sound system with Bluetooth, a CD player and satellite radio. The Luxury has those features plus remote ignition, driver seat memory functions, leather upholstery with heated front seats, interior accent lighting and a six-disc CD changer.

Stepping up to the Performance CTS will give you all of the Base models equipment plus a more powerful 3.6L V6 engine, the All-Season Tire Package with a limited-slip differential, driver seat memory functions with heated front seats and a premium ten-speaker Bose surround sound system with digital music storage and an iPod/USB interface. A Luxury Level Two Package can be added that will give the Performance CTS the additional equipment found on the Luxury trim level plus heated and ventilated front seats, a split-folding rear seat, keyless entry/ignition and a cabin deodorizer.

The top-of-the-line Premium includes all of the equipment found on the above trims levels plus a panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel and a pop-up navigation system with a touchscreen interface.

Several packages are available on the Sport Wagon. The 18-inch All-Season Tire Performance Package adds 18-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, fog lamps and Xenon headlights. On vehicles with all-wheel drive, a limited-slip differential and upgraded brakes are also included in this package.

The CTS Touring Package is similar but gains a sport grille and unique interior trim.  The 19-inch Summer Tire Performance Package gets 19-inch wheels with summer tires and other upgraded performance parts such as brakes, suspension and cooling system. The panoramic sunroof is optional on all trims while the touchscreen navigation system is available on all trims except the Standard.

The CTS-V Sedan includes 19-inch alloy wheels with summer tires, upgraded performance parts, automatic/adaptive Xenon headlights with washers, fog lamps and automatic wipers. Other features include keyless entry/ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated power front seats with driver seat memory functions, leather upholstery with faux-suede inserts, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a rearview camera and a ten-speaker Bose surround sound system with Bluetooth®, a CD and DVD player, satellite radio, digital music storage and a touchscreen navigation system.

Stand-alone options on the CTS-V include a panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated Recaro sport seats and faux suede on the steering wheel and shift knob.

Safety
Standard safety features include stability and traction control, a tires pressure monitoring system, daytime running lights, a full array of airbags and OnStar Emergency services. Ultrasonic Rear Park Assist is optional on the Performance model and standard on Premium models.

Warranty Information
Every new 2012 Cadillac has got you covered with a Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty for 4 years or 50,000 miles, a Powertrain Limited Warranty for 5 years or 100,000 miles and 24-hour Roadside Assistance for 5 years or 100,000 miles. In the event your Cadillac needs to go in for repairs during its warranty period, a courtesy transportation program will provide alternate transportation and/or reimbursement of certain transportation expenses.

MSRP

Trims MSRP
2012 CTS Sport Wagon Standard RWD $39,910
2012 CTS Sport Wagon Standard AWD $41,810
2012 CTS Sport Wagon Luxury RWD $43,045
2012 CTS Sport Wagon Luxury AWD $44,945
2012 CTS Sport Wagon Performance RWD $45,085
2012 CTS Sport Wagon Performance AWD $46,985
2012 CTS Sport Wagon Premium RWD $50,645
2012 CTS Sport Wagon Premium AWD $52,545
2012 CTS-V Wagon $65,410
Similar Vehicles  MSRP
2012 Volvo XC70 T6 $39,975
2012 BMW 5 Series 535I Gran Turismo $57,895
2012 Audi A7 Premium Quattro $60,125

Engines, Drivetrains & EPA Ratings

Trim

Engine

Drivetrain

Fuel Economy (city/highway)

CTS Sport Wagon Standard & Luxury (RWD)

3.0L V6

6-Speed Automatic

18/27

CTS Sport Wagon Standard & Luxury (AWD)

3.0L V6

6-Speed Automatic

18/26

CTS Sport Wagon Performance & Premium (AWD & RWD)

3.6L V6

6-Speed Automatic

18/26

CTS-V Wagon

6.2L Supercharged V8

6-Speed Automatic

12/18

CTS-V Wagon

6.2L Supercharged V8

6-Speed Manual

14/19

 

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