2012 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon: Turning Heads and Holding Value
Manual transmission makes this 556-horsepower Cadillac CTS-V wagon especially unique.
While they aren’t for everyone, there is just something special about a high performance station wagon like the last generation Cadillac CTS-V. Sadly, wagons went way out of favor in the United States market years ago, making them a rare breed in any form, but high performance family haulers like the one displayed here have become hard to find in good shape. There is nothing like the supercharged CTS-V Wagon on sale today in the US market, even from European automakers that offer strong, rear-drive sport wagons.
Fortunately, while flipping through the Cadillac listings on Bring-A-Trailer, we came across a 2012 CTS-V Wagon with the 6-speed manual transmission that proves that clean, low-mileage versions of the last great American sport wagon are still available. Unfortunately for those shopping, they have held their value, so you won’t find them on the cheap unless they have been ridden hard and put up wet.
LSA on Sale
The Cadillac CTS Wagon died with the generation that ended after the 2014 model year and so far, there doesn’t appear to be another Caddy wagon on the way.
The end of the CTS Wagon meant the end of the 556-horsepower CTS-V that so many people loved, with only 2,139 made from 2011 through 2014. This car is one of 575 built for the 2012 model year and it serves as the exact kind of CTS-V Wagon that an enthusiast would like to find.
This 2012 CTS-V looks spotless inside and out, with less than 17,000 miles on the odometer and the only modification seems to be a Corsa axle-back exhaust system. In terms of factory options, this Caddy is loaded, coming with 19-inch wheels, yellow brake calipers, Recaro seats, wooden interior trim, a panoramic sunroof and, most importantly, a 6-speed manual transmission. The manual transmission is what makes this high performance wagon so special, as there aren’t many sporty cars sold in the world that are more unique than a supercharged station wagon with a 556-horsepower, 551 lb-ft of torque and three pedals.
For someone who dreams of owning a supercharged Cadillac CTS-V Wagon, this is it. The only downside is that this seven-year-old super-wagon sold for $57,750. That is less than $10,000 from the original MSRP, so if you are looking for a low-mileage, LSA-powered Caddy wagon in good shape, you should be prepared to pay almost as much as some people would have paid for the car new almost a decade ago.