2013 Cadillac CTS Overview

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - December 4, 2012

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.

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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.