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3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Cadillac CTS-V

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Expert's Rating

4.5Excellent

MPG 14 City / 19 Highway
Pros
  • Gobs of power and torque
  • Best handling Cadillac available
  • Among the most comfortable sports coupes
Cons
  • Requires Premium fuel
  • Gas Guzzler Tax
  • Poor fuel economy
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The Cadillac CTS, which debuted in 2003, was a mold breaker in itself for Cadillac, but when Cadillac followed that up with the 2004 CTS-V high-performance variant the Cadillac mold was disintegrated. In its debut year, it came only in a sedan body style and featured a 400-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8. Since then, the CTS-V has grown both under the hood and in available body styles.

Introduction

The 2013 Cadillac CTS-V comes in only one trim level, base, but it does come in a sedan, coupe and wagon body style. All three body styles come standard with a monstrous supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine that cranks out 556 horsepower and 551 foot-pounds of torque. The engine hooks up to a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic. In its automatic format, the CTS-V reached 60 mph in as low as 4.3 seconds. Being that fast ultimately means using a lot of gas, as it gets just 12 to 14 mpg city and 18 to 19 mpg highway. The CTS-V is certainly not for your traditional Cadillac buyer; it is more for a buyer that once his or her luxury with a little bit of oomph or vise-versa.

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In terms of combining luxury and performance, the CTS-V has very few competitors. This rings especially true when you add in that it comes in a trio of body styles. In the coupe format, the CTS’ closest rival would be the 2013 BMW M3, which comes in a little heavy on the wallet at $60,100 but features a 414-horsepower, 4.4-liter V-8 engine. For the sedan version of the CTS Mercedes-Benz serves up the C63 AMG sedan, which boasts a 451-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 engine. For the Wagon, Mercedes-Benz jumps back into the game with it E63 AMG wagon, which boasts a 5.5-liter V-8 engine that launched it to 60 mph in only 4.2 seconds.

Though the competition for the CTS-V is scarce, it certainly is fierce, so Cadillac had better separate itself somehow.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Cadillac CTS-V
Starting price
$52,988

2013 Cadillac CTS-V Base

Recommended for: Buyers that need the perfect combo of performance and luxury

The 2013 Cadillac CTS-V Base starts out with an MSRP of $64,515 in all three body styles and heads upward from there, depending on what options it has. On the outside, the 2013 CTS-V includes painted rims that measure in at 19-by-9 inches up front and 19-by-10 inches on the rear. The front and rear rims are wrapped up in P255/40R19 and P285/35R19 Y-rated tires, respectively. Also included on the outside of the CTS-V are fog lamps, HID headlights, Adaptive Forward Lighting, backup camera, blind-spot sensors and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Inside the CTS-V is comes very well-equipped, basting 10-speaker, 140-watt Bose stereo system with hard-drive based navigation and an 8-inch screen, LED spotlights, power front seats with lumbar control and memory, tilting and telescopic steering wheel, and leather interior.

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