2012 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon review: Rationalized

2012 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon, price and key specifications, as tested

Base price: $63,215

  • Front driver-passenger/front side/side curtain airbags, limited-slip differential, electronic parking brake,  stability control w/ traction control, ABS, leather-seating w/ sueded fabric inserts, 8-way driver adjustable/passenger adjustable heated front seats w/ memory, rear seat split-folding, navigation system w Bose 5.1 Surround system, 40GB hard drive w/ XM NavTraffic, XM radio, Bluetooth, rear-vision camera, leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, auto-dimming inside rearview mirror, power tilt/tele steering column, rain-sensing wipers, outside heated mirrors, power liftgate, LED interior lighting, HID adaptive headlamps, headlamp washer, fog lights, keyless start/entry, rear parking assist, automatic cabin odor filter, pet guard cargo net, retractable cargo shade: std
  • Recaro High Performance Seats package: metal pedals, heated & vented seats, driver and front passenger: $3,400
  • Gas guzzler tax: $1,300
  • Black Diamond Tricoat: $995
  • Wheels, 19-inch Satin Graphite: $800
  • Midnight Sapele Wood Trim package: $600
  • Sueded steering wheel and shifter: $300
  • Destination: $875

Total: $71,485


Body style/layout: 4-door station wagon, front engine/rear-wheel drive


  • Type: 6.2-liter 32-valve DOHC supercharged V-8
  • Displacement, cc: 6162
  • Block/head material: aluminum/aluminum
  • Horsepower: 556 hp @ 6100 rpm
  • Torque: 551 lb-ft @ 3800 rpm
  • Recommended fuel: premium unleaded required
  • Fuel economy, EPA est.: 14/19 mpg city/highway
  • Fuel economy, observed: 16.2 mpg

Transmission: 6-speed manual


  • Suspension, front/rear: independent short/long arm / independent short/long arm
  • Wheels: 19×9.0-inch front / 19×10.0-inch alloy
  • Tires: 255/40R19 front / 285/35R19
  • Brakes, front/rear: disc 15.0-inch dia. front / disc 14.7-inch dia.
  • Steering: power-assist rack-and-pinion
  • Turning circle: 37.9 ft.


  • Wheelbase: 113.4 in.
  • Length: 188.5 in.
  • Height: 56.0 in.
  • Width: 74.1 in.
  • Curb weight: 4,209 lbs
  • Cargo volume, EPA/min/max: 10.5/25.0/53.4 cu. ft.
  • Fuel tank: 18.0 gal.

Warranty: 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper; 5-year/100,000 mile powertrain; 4-year/50,000 maintenance, 6-year/100,000-mile corrosion; 5-year/100,000-mile roadside assistance