One of the best American cars ages gracefully.
Three body styles are available — sedan, coupe, and wagon — and all can be had in regular CTS form or in ludicrous but intoxicating CTS-V trim. There are two V-6 engines available: a 3.0-liter unit in the sedan and wagon and a very capable 3.6-liter V-6 available in all three body styles. The 3.6-liter can be found throughout GM’s vehicle lineup, and that’s not a bad thing — its power delivery is smooth and linear and it returns good fuel economy. For those who have a need for speed, look to the CTS-V. Using a modified version of the 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 in the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Brembo brakes, nineteen-inch forged aluminum wheels, and adjustable magnetic dampers, the CTS-V is one of the best cars to come out of Detroit. The tailpipes of the CTS-V — large, chrome, and center-mounted on the V coupe — emit a guttural, growling exhaust note that will let passersby know that this is not your father’s Cadillac. In any form, the CTS is a credible player in the sport luxury market, thanks to its crisp, distinct design and a level of quality, fit, and finish that had long been missing on products from domestic automakers. Supple french-stitched leather, soft LED lighting, and intuitive controls live in harmony in the well-crafted cabin.
new for 2013
There isn’t much news for 2013, as an all-new CTS is due for 2014. Non-V models receive yet another subtle tweak to the grille, adaptive vehicle remote starting is standard, and there are three new exterior colors: glacier blue metallic, summer gold metallic, and silver coast metallic. Glacier blue is also an option on the 2013 CTS-V sedan and coupe, and two-piece brake rotors are now standard.
Standard equipment includes front, side, and side curtain air bags; stability and traction control; Ultrasonic rear parking sensors (a backup camera is optional); OnStar telematics with automatic crash notification and emergency services; and a tire-pressure monitoring system. Blind-zone alert is standard on coupe models.
Poor outward visibility
Still chasing the 3-series
Base Price Range: $36,810–$65,410
DRIVE: Rear-wheel, 4-wheel
TRIM LEVELS: CTS, Luxury, Performance, Premium, CTS-V
BODY STYLES: Sedan, coupe, wagon, 4- or 5-passenger
ENGINES: 3.0L V-6, 270/265 hp, 223/220 lb-ft
3.6L V-6, 318 hp, 275 lb-ft
6.2L supercharged V-8, 556 hp, 551 lb-ft
TRANSMISSIONS: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
PASSENGER VOLUME: 86.6–98.0 cu ft
CARGO SPACE: (coupe/sedan) 10.5/13.6 cu ft; (wagon, rear seats up/down) 25.0/53.4 cu ft