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2017 2.0L Turbo Base 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $45,995
2017 2.0L Turbo Base 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $47,995
2017 2.0L Turbo Luxury 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $51,695
2017 2.0L Turbo Luxury 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $53,695
2017 3.6L Luxury 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $53,695
2017 3.6L Luxury 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $55,695
2017 3.6L Premium Luxury 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $59,195
2017 3.6L Twin Turbo V-Sport 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $60,695
2017 3.6L Premium Luxury 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $61,195
2017 3.6L Twin Turbo V-Sport Premium Luxury 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $70,795

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.

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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:

Cadillac CTS

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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A competent, stylish, safe American sedan with a range of powertrain options, the 2017 Cadillac CTS remains an interesting alternative to the BMW 5-Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and Audi A6s of the world. Unless backseat space is high on your priorities list, that is.

Pricing and Equipment

The Cadillac CTS starts at $46,990 (including a $995 destination charge) and includes a decent amount of stuff for the price, including a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, leatherette upholstery and rear parking sensors. For an additional $2,500, a Seating Package adds heated leather seats up front and a few other amenities.

At this point, though, most buyers will do better to step up to the CTS Luxury model. With a starting price of $52,690, this trim comes with everything included in the base model, the Seating Package, plus the following features:

  • Driver Awareness Package (forward collision warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a vibrating Safety Alert Seat)
  • Power-adjustable steering wheel
  • 13-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system
  • 17-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels with dark painted pockets
  • HID headlamps with LED running lights

The next level up is the CTS Premium Luxury trim with a starting MSRP of $60,190 and upgrades such as 18-inch, 15-spoke wheels, GM's excellent Magnetic Ride Control suspension, carbon fiber or wood interior accents, a surround-view camera, and illuminated door handles and sill plates.

Things get fun at $61,690, when the CTS VSport arrives. Aside from a 420-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V6 and a limited-slip differential, the VSport adds unique 18-inch alloy wheels with painted pockets, and Pirelli summer-only fun-flat tires to the Luxury line package. In the cabin, magnesium paddle shifters sit just behind the steering wheel.

Finally, for a starting price of $71,790, buyers can upgrade to the CTS VSport Premium Luxury trim. This model builds on the VSport trim, and adds a 12.3-inch reconfigurable gauge cluster that features a unique V-Sport performance theme.

That 420-hp VSport is, naturally, at the top of the range (unless we're talking about the monstrous CTS-V and its 640-hp engine). Most consumers are more likely interested in the base 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder or naturally aspirated, 3.6-liter V6. The former puts out 268 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, while the six-cylinder appears on the Luxury and Premium Luxury trims as a $2,000. It produces 335 horsepower and 285 pound-feet of torque.

All available engines, including the turbocharged V6, work alongside an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel-drive is available across the range as a $2,000 option.

Performance Pros

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  • The CTS isn't your granddaddy's Cadillac – its handling prowess matches its European rivals.
  • The Magnetic Ride Control suspension remains a must-have option, transforming the CTS from relaxed cruiser to firmly-sprung sports sedan in the blink of an eye.
  • The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is more powerful than a BMW 530i and Mercedes E300, and is more affordable to boot.
  • It's not the excellent ZF-built eight-speed auto in Europe's finest luxury sedans, but the CTS' only gearbox performs admirably and invisibly.

Performance Cons

  • Those who really feel the need for speed may find the 2.0-liter turbo-four base engine to be a little sluggish.
  • The 2017 Cadillac CTS, in all available trims, is a fairly thirsty vehicle, offering less impressive (EPA-estimated) fuel efficiency than others in its class. The base engine returns just 20 miles per gallon in the city with rear-drive. Expect a figure in the high teens with all-wheel drive.

Interior Pros

  • We found the front seats to be comfortable and supportive.
  • Even on lower trim levels, the CTS cabin boasts high-quality materials and luxurious details.
  • There's a power-operated cup-holder cover!

Interior Cons

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  • Although roomy enough for small children, the backseat is a little cramped for teenagers and adults.
  • Cadillac's CUE infotainment system remains a polarizing system, but whether you love or hate it, it's still more of a hassle than the knob-operated systems from German automakers.
  • The CTS doesn't offer a large amount of cargo space, especially compared to other vehicles in its class.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The Cadillac CTS' performance should be enough to impress driving enthusiasts that are turned off by BMW's move to softer, more relaxed vehicles.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

A 2.0-liter, turbocharged sedan with an eight-speed automatic transmission should return better than 20 mpg. If fuel economy is important to you, the CTS might be a bad choice.

The Bottom Line

Thirsty though it may be, the Cadillac CTS has made strides as a driver-oriented luxury sport sedan in a segment traditionally dominated by the BMW 5-Series. While it remains to be seen whether it will resonate with customers, at least in our eyes the 2017 CTS is a smart buy for enthusiasts looking to move into a larger luxury sport sedan.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 268 HP / 295 ft.lbs.
Transmission
8-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
22 / 30 / 26 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 268 HP / 295 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
22 / 30 / 26 Mpg
Brakes
Brembo 4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
19.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$73
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
13.7 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
97 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
195.5 "
Exterior Width
72.2 "
Exterior Height
57.2 "
Front Headroom
40.4 "
Rear Headroom
37.5 "
Front Legroom
45.7 "
Rear Legroom
35.4 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.9 "
Rear Shoulder Room
54.8 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,652 Lbs.
Wheel Base
115 "
Turning Radius
18.5 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Painted Aluminum / 19.0 " Painted Aluminum / 19.0 " Black Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Tri-coat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Dual Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Leatherette / Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center With Pass-thru
Rear Seats
Bench / 60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
11 Bose / 13 Bose Surround Sound
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt / Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
3
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Ultrasonic Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Pass-key Iii+
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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