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2017 Cadillac CTS OVERVIEW

Cadillac's crisp and nimble 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 its flamboyant American style, and you have the quintessential Cadillac for modern times.

What's New for 2017

The CTS receives minor styling updates at the front and rear. Trim levels have also been revised. New options include a rearview mirror with camera display, a Carbon Black appearance package, and teen driver monitoring technology.

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: 268 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The optional 3.6-liter V6 produces 335 horsepower, although slightly less torque. Both engines come with an eight-speed automatic transmission and can be paired with all-wheel drive in place of the standard rear-drive setup.

The top engine choice is a twin-turbo 3.6-liter with a mighty 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. The turbo V6 gets it own eight-speed automatic and comes in rear-drive form only.

Cadillac now offers the CTS in five trim levels:


Carries with the 2-liter engine and your choice of rear- or all-wheel drive. Standard features include Brembo front brakes, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, remote start, paddle shifters, Bluetooth, and power front seats with driver memory. The 11-speaker Bose surround-sound system features satellite and HD radio. Cadillac's infotainment control interface, known as CUE, is also standard. The new Teen Driver feature stores driving data and allows parents to set performance limits. The optional Seating package rounds things out with genuine leather upholstery (in place of the standard leatherette), heated and ventilated front seats, a split-folding rear seat, a heated power-adjustable steering wheel, LED ambient lighting, and auto-dimming side mirrors. Individual options include navigation, a panoramic sunroof, and a 13-speaker Bose sound system.


Comes standard with the base model's options, plus adaptive xenon headlamps, expanded passenger seat controls, and a Driver Awareness package with automatic wipers and high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, and forward collision alert. The available V-Sport package adds a sport-tuned adaptive suspension, upgrades brakes and tires, and 18-inch wheels. There's also a Carbon Black package with front sport seats, a black chrome grille, a rear spoiler, and specific 18-inch wheels. Individual options at this level include the V6 engine, 18-inch wheels, and a rearview mirror than can display the rear camera feed.

Premium Luxury

Gets the V6 engine, rearview camera mirror, and 18-inch wheels as standard, plus an automated parking system and surround-view cameras. Other enhancements include illuminated door handles and sill plates, a household-style power outlet, tri-zone automatic climate control, heated rear seats, and rear sun shades. You can add the Driver Assist package with adaptive cruise control and active collision mitigation; and the Performance Seat and Cluster package, which tacks on 20-way front sport seats, alloy pedals, and configurable gauges. The V-Sport and Carbon Black packages continue as options.


Packs the twin-turbo V6 engine and other performance upgrades such as sport-tuned steering and suspension systems, a heavy-duty cooling system, a limited-slip rear differential, summer performance tires, and a Track driving mode. The self-parking system is also part of the deal. Otherwise, the V-Sport is equipped like the Luxury, except the sunroof is not available. Note that all V-Sport models are rear-drive only.

V-Sport Luxury

Adds the sunroof and everything else that comes standard on the Premium Luxury. The Driver Assist package remains available. Options for both V-Sport models include 19-inch wheels, high-performance brake pads, and carbon fiber interior trim.

CarsDirect Tip

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 V-Sport package available on the Luxury and Premium Luxury. For just $1,465–$2,465, it adds some real excitement without requiring you to spring for the full-blown V-Sport model, thrilling as it is.

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