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March 14, 2011


By Deborah Frank | Whims, Automobiles

We recently drove the all-new 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon on the icy backroads of the Adirondacks in upstate New York, en route to a few days of skiing at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, and can honestly say we haven't had this much fun winter-driving in a while. Granted, we were in a six-speed manual, which made handling the 556hp supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine even more exhilirating, but we were also happily surprised with the wagon's nimbleness, the control we had in cornering and the solid grip of the 19-inch Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires. This outstanding performance was enhanced with heated Recaro leather-and-suede racing seats and a suede steering wheel and shifter, not to mention the superior sound emanating from the ten-speaker Bose 5.1 digital surround system. At a starting price of $62,000 (our model priced out at $68,500), it's definitely worth considering if you're in the market for a wagon that offers all the space and comfort of a large vehicle but has the performance of a sports car…and looks good, too (we did get double takes wherever we stopped). The one caveat: We estimated about 14 miles per gallon driving around town and only 19 mpg on the highway. cadillac.com.