The 2019 Cadillac CTS has returned as Cadillac's mid-size sedan, offering upscale style, luxury, and performance to compete with the best the Germans have to offer. Despite the competence of the CTS, Cadillac has struggled to overcome past prejudices as most luxury-sedan shoppers flock to the likes of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. However, the CTS is a solid contender in the space, and shoppers should thoroughly consider it as an option.
What's New for 2019
There are no significant changes for 2019.
Choosing Your Cadillac CTS
The Cadillac CTS is available with three power options. The base models come with a 2.0-liter inline turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 268 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. This is the most fuel-efficient option, with an EPA fuel economy rating of 22 miles per gallon in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 25 combined with rear-wheel drive. If all-wheel drive is desired, fuel economy ratings drop by one mpg across the board.
Additionally, a naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V6 with 335 hp and 285 lb-ft of torque is available. It's offered as an option on the Luxury trim and as the standard engine on the Premium Luxury trim. Fuel economy ratings for this engine option are 19/29/23 mpg for RWD models and 18/26/21 mpg for AWD models.
The final engine option is a twin-turbocharged version of the 3.6-liter V6, and is only available on the V-Sport trims. This engine produces a healthy 420 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque, and is only available with RWD. Fuel economy isn't great; it only manages 16/24/19 mpg. That being said, nobody who's considering a V-Sport really cares much about that.
All engines are mated to an excellent eight-speed automatic transmission with automatic stop-start. All-wheel drive is available on all but the V-Sport trims for an additional $2,000.
If a CTS-V is outside of your budget or is just too crazy to live with every day, the 2019 Cadillac CTS V-Sport offers a serious amount of performance in a nicely equipped package for about $25,000 less. You won't feel like you should have spent more, and the performance will certainly put a smile on your face.