2014 Cadillac CTS Review

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When purchasing a new luxury sedan today, chances are that it’s German, and one thing you can count on from the Germans is that they usually offer a number of options. But the Germans aren’t the only ones in the luxury-car game these days, as Cadillac has upped its end game in the past few years. The new CTS is one of the reasons why; thanks to its excellent performance, head-turning good looks and high-quality interior, the CTS has what it takes to go head-to-head with the likes of Audi and BMW.  

The first thing to grab you visually is its striking front end, highlighted by long front headlamps whose geometric shapes set the design tone for the entire vehicle. The car’s profile is characterized by Cadillac’s distinctive wedge shape and LED lights on the door handles, and the rear features  the company name grafted into the taillights. Overall the exterior of the 2014 CTS is unique, classy and sporty.

The CTS’s interior deserves as much praise as the outside, as a pleasant blend of fine wood trim and soft leather surfaces make the car’s occupants feel comfortable and a bit spoiled. Cadillac offers eight different interior leather and trim choices, making it easy to customize to your own tastes. There’s even an alcantara roof liner. High-tech features nicely offset the car’s traditional luxury, notably the touchscreen CUE multimedia system. Although helpful and easy-to-use, we did find that it takes a bit too long  to respond to commands. The gauges are all on a stunning LCD display and have four different themes such as dynamic and sport.

Under the hood, three different engines are offered, ranging from a turbocharged 272-hp 2.0-liter inline-4 to the top-of-the-line twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-Sport that puts out 420 hp and 430 lb.-ft. of torque. In between is our test car, the naturally-aspirated 3.6-liter V-6 that produces 321 hp and 275 lb-ft. of torque. The car has excellent pop off the line and accelerates briskly, getting to the 60-mph mark in about 7 seconds.  All models are equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission. While shift quality was generally good, it did have a tendency to hunt between 7th and 8th gears,  even with sport mode turned on. Part of the beauty of this transmission is that it helps the car achieve excellent fuel economy. Our car is rated at 28 city/31 highway.

The rear-wheel-drive CTS shines on twisty roads as  the suspension with magnetic ride control keeps the cornering balance near neutral and body roll to a minimum.

The CTS comes in numerous trim levels and has a price range from $46,000 to $70,000, ensuring that there’s a model of this distinctive, exciting luxury sedan for every customer. It’s good to see that America is on the correct path to once again take its rightful place upon the luxury-car throne, and It’s good to see that Cadillac is making cars that truly live up to the marque’s long lost prestige.  

by Ben Olsen