The CTS is the car that redefined Cadillac. Its sharps angles and rear-wheel drive platform told the world to expect changes from the formerly conservative automaker.
A 2014 redesign has transformed the CTS sedan into a true midsize competitor for cars like the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
The coupe and wagon—carryovers from 2013—are slightly smaller and not as accomplished in spirited driving.
What's New for 2014
The new CTS sedan is both longer and leaner as it reaches onward and upward. The grille is wider and is embedded with LED light guides. The coupe and wagon are unchanged from 2013.
Choose Your Cadillac CTS:
It's critical to understand that the sedan is the only CTS body style redesigned for 2014—the old design continues for the coupe and wagon.
The coupe is available in rear-wheel or all-wheel drive and three trim levels:
Base: Even in Base form, the CTS coupe features a 318-horsepower 3.6-liter V6. Standard features are abundant—a sport suspension, keyless entry and push-button start, Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control and rear park assist.
Performance: The Performance model adds features like heated front seats, hard-drive storage for media, leather upholstery, HID headlights and side blind alert.
Premium: At the Premium level, buyers get items like wood trim, rain-sensing wipers and a power telescoping steering column as standard equipment.
The wagon also comes in rear-wheel or all-wheel drive and three trims:
Luxury: The base wagon comes with a 270-horsepower 3-liter V6. There's a generous standard features list that includes a leather upholstery, power liftgate, heated front seats, wood trim, Bluetooth and automatic dual-zone climate control.
Performance:Most importantly, the Performance wagon adds a 318-horsepower 3.6-liter V6. There are other amenities like a sport suspension, HID headlights and a 10-speaker BOSE audio system.
Premium: At the Premium level, wagons feature navigation, heated and ventilated front seats, keyless entry and push-button start, a panoramic sunroof and rear park assist.
The redesigned 2014 sedan—also available in rear-wheel or all-wheel drive—can be tailored by engine type and trim level:
We liked the outgoing CTS, and think well of the coupe and wagon. But enthusiasts will want to skip straight to the sedan and performance levels that put Cadillac on an equal footing with the best from Europe.