Cadillac's midsize luxury sedan, the CTS skews toward the sporty end of its class, and yet serves up enough flamboyance and plushness to let you know it's a Cadillac. That combination of virtues makes the CTS a no-excuses premium offering that competes on an international level in all respects.
What's New for 2015
The CTS receives a restyled grille with a simplified Cadillac emblem. Some option package have been updated as well.
Choosing Your Cadillac CTS
While previous generations of the CTS were on the small side of this class, the current model is solidly midsize and priced accordingly.
The base 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder packs a lot of grunt for its size: 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission comes standard. The available 3.6-liter V6 achieves 321 horsepower and uses an eight-speed automatic. Either engine can be paired with all-wheel drive, in which case the V6 gets the six-speed unit.
The line-topping turbocharged version of the V6 lays down 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque for decidedly racy performance. The pumped V6 comes exclusively with rear-wheel drive and the eight-speed transmission.
Cadillac offers the CTS in no less than six trim levels:
Don't be scared off by the notion of a four-cylinder engine in a midsize Cadillac. The 2-liter is mighty for its size and actually develops more torque than the V6. We especially like the Performance trim level, which adds some excitement without requiring you too spring for the full-blown Vsport treatment, thrilling as it is.