Rear-wheel drive has had quite the stigma attached to it these days. Tell a stranger your car is rear-wheel drive and they gasp like you just keyed their car in front of them. When the snow falls, front-wheel drive is undoubtedly better, with all-wheel drive reining supreme.
The long-term-loan CTS Vsport comes equipped with sticky Pirelli Sottozero, a great tire for dry warm pavement, but not your best friend in cold un-plowed roads. During the Vsport’s jaunt as a rescue vehicle, and by rescue we mean Christopher Nelson’s wife got stuck in a snowbank and he was tasked with digging the car out, the rear-wheel drive shows its weaknesses, but not as badly as you’d expect.
After really getting stuck in the slush and snow, Nelson knows there’s only one thing to do: spin those rear tires to melt the ice and find traction. It just so happens the lovely twin-turbo V6 makes great noises while it bounces off the redline, so really, it’s not the worst thing to happen. Not to mention the heated steering wheel to warm chilled bones and restore feeling to numb fingers.
So, we learn the CTS Vsport is a pretty decent rescue vehicle, and with a little finesse and skill, rear-wheel drive sedans can hang in the snow despite their preconceived notion. And they’re also great for tossing around a roundabout when lack of traffic permits.