A fuel prices rise, there’s been a slow but steady shift in demand in the U.S. market, buyers downsizing both the cars they drive and the engines that power them. In fact, the American market is beginning to look more and more like Europe’s, where compact models serve the same purpose as mid-size models do here.
But one gap remains. Europeans love station wagons, the body style that Baby Boomers abandoned as they entered their rebellious youth. Too bad. Wagons are a functional and fuel-efficient alternative to the crossovers and sport-utility vehicles that dominate American roads.
But the 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon could help shift that mindset. Based off the same platform as Caddy’s CTS sedan, it’s stylish as well as utilitarian. And it’s drawing a small but loyal following that could give momentum to those reluctant industry planners considering other wagon programs.