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Expert's Rating

4.4Excellent

MPG 18 City / 27 Highway
Pros
  • Powerful V6 engine
  • Attractive exterior design
  • Well designed infotainment center
Cons
  • Limited headroom in back seat
  • Front seats not the most comfortable
  • Backup camera not offered
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When Cadillac released the CTS in 2002, it finally succeeded where it had failed with the Cimarron and Catera: bringing a smaller and more athletic model to its lineup. The CTS was a huge hit among buyers and became so popular that GM added in a high-performance variant, the CTS-V, in the 2003 model year. For the 2013 model year, Cadillac is essentially carrying over the 2012 model year specifications, including the three body styles: coupe, sedan and wagon.

Introduction

For the 2013 model year, the Cadillac CTS comes in five trim levels: Base, Standard, Luxury, Performance and Premium. The Base trim level comes only in the coupe body style and includes a 318-horsepower, V-6 engine and fairly wide array of standard amenities. The Standard trim level can only be had in a wagon body style and it features a 270-horsepower, V-6 engine, and nearly all of the same features as the Base trim level. Moving up to the Luxury trim level gives the option of either the sedan or wagon body and it adds in some extra interior comfort and entertainment features. The Performance trim level gives buyers the choice of all three body styles and tosses in the 318-horsepower engine across all three body styles. The final trim level, Premium, includes all three body styles, the high0output V-6 engine and a slew of extra goodies on the inside.

Seemingly every day there is a new luxury mid-size sedan popping up, so this gives the CTS plenty of competition to fend off. First up would be the BMW 5-Series, which ranges from $47,500 to $64,700 and has engines ranging from a competent 2.0-liter to a downright powerful 4.4-liter. Next up on the competitors list would be the Audi A5 Coupe, which comes in with a base MSRP of $37,850 and a sleek two-door body style. Another stout competitor for the Cadillac CTS is the Mercedes-Benz E350 wagon, which has all of the cargo room that a family would need and a punchy 302-horsepower, V-6 engine. A final competitor for the Cadillac CTS hails from the U.S: the Lincoln MKT. This wagon features a standard V-6 engine with 300 horsepower and an optional EcoBoost V-6 that cranks out 355 horsepower, plus it has plenty of cargo room to rival the CTS wagon.

See our picks for best luxury cars in the CarsDirect 2013 Luxury Car Buying Guide.

With competition for all three body styles, Cadillac certainly has to take a very balanced approach to make sure that none of its competitors overtake the CTS in any of its variants.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Cadillac CTS
Starting price
$22,981

2013 Cadillac CTS Base

Recommended for: Buyers looking for a well-equipped luxury car under $40K

The 2013 Cadillac CTS Base comes standard with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that packs 318 horsepower and 275 foot-pounds and comes in at a base MSRP of $39,800. On the outside, the Base trim includes daytime running lights, remote keyless start and entry, intermittent wipers, and 18-by-8.5-inch wheels with 235/59R18 tires on the front and 18-by-9-inch wheels with 265/45R18 tires on the rear. Inside the cabin, the CTS Base comes well equipped, featuring: leatherette seats, dual-zone air conditioning, cruise control, power windows and door locks, power front seats, premium AM/FM Bose audio system with a CD player, MP3 capabilities and eight speakers, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, Bluetooth connectivity, hands-free communication, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and leather-wrapped steering wheel.

2013 Cadillac CTS
Starting price
$22,981

2013 Cadillac CTS Luxury

Recommended for: Buyers looking for extra interior amenities without adding in the hi-output engine

The Luxury trim level caries over the 3.0-liter, V-6 engine and is available in either a wagon or sedan body style. It carries a base MSRP of $40,920 in the sedan model and $42,150 in the wagon model. On the outside, this trim includes daytime running lights, backup camera remote keyless entry and start with theft deterrent system, intermittent, rain-sensing wipers and 17-inch painted aluminum wheels. Inside it includes navigation, LED spotlight and a premium audio system with a six-disc CD changer, leather seating with eight-way power front seats, and adjustable front lumbar support, navigation display with purchase of navigation-equipped audio system.

2013 Cadillac CTS
Starting price
$22,981

2013 Cadillac CTS Performance

Recommended for: Buyers that want the 3.6-liter's performance in the sedan or wagon

The Performance trim level starts off at an MSRP of $43,340 in the sedan model, $43,950 in the coupe model and $44,190 in the wagon model. This adds the high-output, 318-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine to all three body styles, drastically improving its performance. On the outside, the Performance trim includes 18-inch wheels, HID headlights with Adaptive Forward Lighting System and flash-to-pass, front fog lamps, rain-sensing wipers, rearview camera, side blind zone alert and sport suspension. On the inside, the Performance trim level receives LED spotlights, AM/FM radio with single-CD slot and 10 speakers and a 40 GB hard drive, leather seating, eight-way power seats, two-way lumbar support, seat-position memory, heated seats, universal garage door opener, navigation screen when a navigation-equipped radio is installed, and Bluetooth connectivity.

2013 Cadillac CTS
Starting price
$22,981

2013 Cadillac CTS Premium

Recommended for: Buyers that want the best the CTS offers

The 2013 Cadillac CTS Premium is the top trim level and comes in at base MSRP of $48,150 in the coupe body, $48,290 in the sedan format or $49,750 in the wagon setup. This trim level carries the high-output, 3.6-liter engine in every body style, just like the Performance level. On the outside, the CTS Premium comes standard with a backup camera, rain-sensing wipers, heated and ventilated front seats, keyless start and entry, rear parking assist, 18-by-8.5-inch high-polished aluminum wheels, HID headlights, fog lamps, and sport suspension. Inside the cabin, the CTS Premium includes an AM/FM/CD stereo system with DVD, Navigation 10 speakers, and 40 GB hard drive, Bluetooth connectivity, wood trim, heated steering wheel, double-sized, power sunroof, and LED spotlights.

2013 Cadillac CTS
Starting price
$22,981

2013 Cadillac CTS Standard

Recommended for: Buyers in need of a luxury wagon for less money

The 2013 Cadillac CTS Standard only comes in the wagon format and includes a 3.0-liter, V-6 engine that produces 270 horsepower and 223 foot-pounds of torque. The CTS Standard comes in with a base MSRP of $40,100 and on the outside it comes standard with daytime running lights, keyless start and entry, power mirrors, intermittent wipers and 17-by-8-inch painted aluminum wheels. On the inside, the CTS Standard includes seating for one extra person than the CTS Base, as well as child safety locks, cruise control, power windows and mirrors, power passenger and driver seats, leatherette seats with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, seven-speaker sound system with MP3 capabilities, Bluetooth, hands-free communication, and steering-wheel-mounted controls.

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