Cadillac's well-regarded midsize sedan, the CTS is capable of delivering athletic performance on the weekends and silky smoothness when all you want to do is cruise. Add to that it's flamboyant American style, and you have the quintessential Cadillac for modern times.
What's New for 2016
The CTS receives a new V6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission, plus updates to its CUE infotainment interface. Instrumentation has been revised, and a rearview camera is now standard on all models.
Choosing Your Cadillac CTS
Until a few years ago, the CTS was known as the entry-level Cadillac, but that spot has been filled by the compact ATS. The current CTS ranks firmly in midsize luxury class, where it competes with stalwarts like the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
The base 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder packs a lot of grunt for its size: 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Last year's optional 3.6-liter V6 has been replaced by an all-new V6 (also measuring 3.6 liters) with 335 horsepower, up from 321 previously. Cadillac reports that the engine's fuel-saving technology boosts efficiency by 9 percent. Both the 2-liter and 3.6-liter come exclusively with a new eight-speed automatic transmission. As before, all-wheel drive is available in place of the standard rear-drive setup.
Last year's twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 continues as the top engine. Output remains at a mighty 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. The turbo V6 comes exclusively with rear-wheel drive and a carryover eight-speed automatic.
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 most buyers actually prefer it to the more powerful (and expensive) V6. We especially like the Performance trim level, which adds some excitement without requiring you to spring for the full-blown Vsport treatment, thrilling as it is.