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.