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:
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.