2011 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon User Reviews
3.0L Base RWD shown
- $24,695 - $32,900
- Looks great
- Totally unreliable
Purchased As New
transmission and driveshaft problems. I believe that th other reviews have been written by car sales people or GM hierarchy!
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- Great looking, excellent performance
- mileage adequate for performance
Purchased As New
It is a completely different car from others on the street. I have only seen a handful of them and it is striking. Good interior, fit and finish. More than adequate performance is available and I love the four wheel drive for the winter. The wagon is so usable with seating for five and great load space when you need it. It's not for everyone but for those who think outside the box this is the automobile for you....read morehide
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- Doesn't look like every other car; comfortable; sports car handling; fit and finish,
- Lack of storage space, GM customer service, steep depreciation, steering centers fast at slow speed
Purchased As Used
I originally shopped for a new BMW, but looked at the Sport Wagon as an alternative. This is the Premium Edition with the 3.6 litre V6, as that engine had been highly touted by the comparison tests in auto mags. Also has the Performance wheel and tire package consisting of upgraded polished 19" wheels and summer tires, heavy duty cooling system, upgraded brakes and the FE3 suspension, versus the FE3 that is standard. Posi-Traction is also included. The reason I purchased this vehicle "used" rather than new was because it is a Certified Pre-Owned Cadillac with almost no miles driven by a rather famous person I won't name here who turned the car in early. The 6 year, 100,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty also beats the standard warranty hands down.
The car drives like a sports car. Tracks true and handles tight on any road. The ride is firm but not harsh, although you won't think you're in a Cadillac either. More like a BMW type ride in my opinion as I have had BMW's with the sport package and the feel is very similar. The six speed automatic shifts smooth, and can either shift automatically in an enhanced performance range or manually when placed in the sport mode. (The Performance Package also includes paddle shifters on the back of the steering wheel for manual shifting as well). Gauges are a delight as they are easy to see and well lit for both day and night driving. The navigation system pops up from the dash as does the high-end Bose audio system, with its 80 gigabyte hard drive for storing music without the need for carrying all your CD's.
Lack of interior storage space is surprising for a wagon. Door pockets are small and don't hold much. The console has two spaces, top and bottom, each shaped so as to hold little. One larger space would have been more usable. The glove box has a shelf in the middle, cutting down usable space there. It's fine for the owners' manual and...gloves. The cargo area is good sized, but not very high. Fold down the back seats and you can haul a good amount of groceries or home depot materials. But just don't count on anything too high. The yawning liftgate is deceiving as to what will really fit into the interion as far as height is concerned.
Fuel mileage is a bit disappointing at this juncture. Average is about 19 MPG on regular 87 octane gasoline. That includes about a 50/50 split of freeway and city driving. On a mostly freeway trip we saw it go as high as 21 MPG and that's still far below what we were expecting, from the touted 28 highway. We'll see as mileage increases. I suppose we were spoiled with the past mileage of 31.7 with the BMW on the highway which had the same EPA sticker estimates as the Cadillac.
Small anomalies abound. Lack of information in the thick owners' manual about certain things. Such as you must have all doors unlocked to operate the liftgate from the push button on the drivers' door. You can open it manually from outside, or with the remote, and then the button will work. But if you stop the car, open your door and press the button...nothing. The book says nothing about that. Trial and error, or go online and search the owners' forums. Drivers seat entry and exit settings sometimes work and sometimes don't.
The real downside of this car, as I see it, is Cadillac Customer Service. Once you buy the car, they really don't want to know you at all. GM just turns their back and holds out their hand. Maybe not on big things, but on items that really irritate you on a $53K MSRP vehicle, like a Navigation Booklet. Instead of providing it, they want $25 when it should have come with the car. Regarding depreciation, vehicles have lost 30-35% value on trade-in in less than a year, so I rated less than 5 stars in value....read morehide
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- This car is the perfect size, responsive handling, fun to drive.
- Small back window creates blind spot
Purchased As New
The CTS Sport Wagon is great looking and still a very practical car. My husband wanted the CTS 2-door Coupe, I wanted a 'smallish' SUV. The CTS Sport Wagon gives us both what we wanted. We looked at cars from every manufacturer and could not find one we could agree on until we found the CTS Sport Wagon. Respectable gas mileage using 87 octane gasoline (our previous vehicle required 91 octane). Terrific handling. Comfortable and stylish interior. I'd buy this car all over again and highly recommend it....read morehide
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- Super Smooth Ride, great interior, decent gas mileage, ultraview moonroof
- Lack of cupholders, little interior storage, small rear window
Purchased As New
Wow, what a car. I wanted the CTS sedan, but needed more space. The wagon fits the bill perfectly. The interior is top notch. Fit and finish are great. Everyone loves the stitching accents. Rides super smooth (I really don't want to feel every bump in the road). The engine is adequate. I could understand wanting the 3.6L, but I didn't see the reason to fork over the extra $$$ for it. I like that there are few around (vs many SRX). Plus, got a great deal. I plan on keeping this car a long time....read morehide
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