Cadillac has been pressing hard to better compete with high-end models from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. In 2014, Cadillac’s midsize sedan, the CTS, underwent a full redesign aimed directly at the midsize offerings from the big three in the segment. Since its debut, Cadillac has lightly tweaked the CTS here and there, and these tweaks help make the 2016 example of the CTS the best to date.

Pricing and Equipment

As a midsize luxury sedan, we expect a pretty hefty starting price tag, and the 2016 Cadillac CTS delivers just that. Its base trim level, called Standard, starts $46,555. This model comes very well equipped with:

  • Automatic stop/start
  • Cadillac CUE infotainment system
  • Leatherette upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Power sunroof

Buyers can get additional premium and performance features from the CTS by opting for its higher-end trim levels. These include the Luxury, Performance, Premium, Vsport, and Vsport Premium trims. Respectively, these trims start out at $52,280, $57,280, $61,680, $60,950, and $70,950.

Performance Pros

Cadillac CTS

The 2016 CTS's six-cylinder engines deliver plenty of pop to compete against its German rivals. The sedan is also quite the handler while also delivering plenty of comfort.

  • Magnetic ride control knows when to stiffen up and when to absorb impacts.
  • Twin-turbo V6 engine's 420 horsepower is plenty.
  • Base V6 engine is pretty competent, too.

Performance Cons

Pass on the base 2-liter four-cylinder engine, which is noisy and has an odd power band. Just go straight for the V6 engines.

Interior Pros

Cadillac CTS

Cadillac has worked hard to perfect its interiors, and the CTS is its best result yet. It fixes all of the rough edges in early examples of Cadillac’s Art & Science design language, and delivers a clean and futuristic look.

  • Screens galore give the cabin a futuristic look.
  • High-end materials and perfected lines fuse art and science perfectly.

Interior Cons

Cadillac’s CUE system still struggles in terms of usability. Swiping through the endless screens is distracting and aggravating. Cadillac needs to fix it.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

While we know Cadillac has been working hard at making its interiors more upscale and clean, we never expected the level the CTS is at. The sedan’s cabin is a beautiful place to spend a lot of time, thanks to its premium materials, beautiful lines, and loads of premium features.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

A turbo four-cylinder engine is a pretty common offering in the luxury segment these days, but Cadillac’s version seems subpar. Its power is fine at 268 horses, but its noise is pretty intrusive despite Cadillac offering it with a noise-cancellation feature.

The Bottom Line

Though the CTS is not the perfect luxury car, it is a great alternative to the typical German offerings. It has a range of engines that are more than able to compete with Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi, and its cabin is right up there with the best of the best.