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The CTS is a midsized luxury sedan with a firm, absorbent ride and precise handling that crowns it as one of the sportiest cars in the class. But as satisfying as it is to drive, the CTS can also be frustrating, partly because of the overly complex Cue infotainment system. The cabin is luxurious, with impressive material quality. But rear-seat room is relatively snug, and the trunk is a bit small. Neither the four-cylinder turbo nor the 3.6-liter V6 is as refined as the best in class. The high-end V-Sport is a treat to drive, with effortless thrust. The high-performance CTS-V gives any $100,000 German super-sedan a run for its money, thanks to the 640-hp, 6.2-liter supercharged V8 from the Corvette Z06 and trackworthy handling and braking.

Road Test

Since its launch in 2003, the CTS sedan has been Cadillac's talented young star: a stylish, fun, and agile sports sedan and a fairly credible alternative to a BMW 5 Series or Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The current model shed a couple of hundred pounds, g...


  • Fabulous handling makes the CTS one of the sportiest cars in the class
  • Stylish inside and out, with terrific interior finish


  • Controls for the CUE infotainment system are overwhelming and distracting
  • Not particularly roomy for the class, which is especially evident in the rear seat

Best Version to Get

If you can live without all-wheel drive, and can afford the price, we'd get the 3.6-liter, twin-turbo CTS Vsport. It's stupendously fun. But you'll need self-control if you want to keep a clean license. Otherwise, we'd opt for the normal 3.6-liter V6 engine over the 2.0-liter tu...


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
  • Basic: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 6 year/70,000 miles
  • Rust through: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Roadside aid: 6 year/70,000 miles
Body Styles
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (268 hp)
  • 3.6-liter V6 (335 hp)
  • 3.6-liter V6 turbo (420 hp)
  • 6.2-liter V8 supercharged (640 hp)


Comfort / Convenience
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