This edition of the Cadillac CTS is a notable improvement over the model it replaces, easily competing toe-to-toe with some of the best German and Japanese sport sedans. A taut suspension and excellent steering give the CTS agile handling with a firm, yet compliant ride. The interior is significantly improved with higher quality materials.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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2019
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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2019
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags standard from 2000. Head protection air bags standard from 2003. ESC available from 2003, standard from 2008.
Road Test

This edition of the Cadillac CTS is a notable improvement over the model it replaces, easily competing toe-to-toe with some of the best German and Japanese sport sedans. A taut suspension and excellent steering give the CTS agile handling with a firm, yet compliant ride. The interior is significantly improved with higher quality materials. Strong performance and refinement from the powertrain further afford the CTS newfound sophistication. However, rear visibility is limited by the thick rear pillar and high deck lid. Some controls and dash vents are placed too low as well.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 3.6-liter V6 (263 hp)
  • 3.6-liter V6 (304 hp)
  • 6.2-liter V8 supercharged (556 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2009 Cadillac CTS owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

"Moisture inside bulb failure"

Richard B., NY (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)

"moisture inside right headlight assy"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI 3.6-L V6)

"The Zenon headlights have a mechanical shutter for hi-low beam operation. It is in the sealed unit, and cannot be repaired. Must replace the entire headlamp unit. Very expensive. $1100+"

Fred J., MN (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI 3.6-L V6)

"one horn failed and both front wheel bearing failed as well as both daytime running lights"

Anonymous, KY (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)

"HID daytime driving light burnt out, the bulb. It cost over $500 labour to change the bulb, you must take off the WHOLE front end to access the bulb. VERY poor engineering!"

John M., ON (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)

"Headlight replacement originally estimated at $350 final cost $750"

W B., LA (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Daytime running light on Driver side burnt out"

Richard K., OH (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI 3.6-L V6)

"Daytime running light burned out - difficult to replace"

Anonymous, IA (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI 3.6-L V6)

"Day time running light drive's side failed. Requires removal of front bumper and headlight assembly to replace bulb. Estimate cost $200. This should be a simple owner repair"

Charles A., CA (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI 3.6-L V6)

"Daytime running light bulb out. Must remove fender to replace a small bulb. Fix approaches $300 because of intensive time/labor to get at the bulb. Ridiculous engineering"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI 3.6-L V6)
Horn

"one horn failed"

Anonymous, KY (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)

"Driver door handle had to be replaced"

Richard K., OH (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI 3.6-L V6)

"The electronic system is not working properly. Door will not auto lock. Interior lights do not come on when too is opened. Seat does not adjust to drive position when door opens etc,,"

Anonymous, IN (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)

"The lock on the driver's side rear seat will not operate with the keyless entry"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)

"This has not been fixed as we have not gone back to dealer. The doors sometime open other times have to use key. The driver side rear door stays locked and does not unlock when buttons pushed. One has to manually unlock it from inside"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI 3.6-L V6)

"I'm getting false warnings for my rear tires. They are inflated to 40 psi but the warning shows them at 26 and 27"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Cadillac CTS Unsure 3.6-L V6)
Warning lights

"There is a warning in the dash about tire pressure (connected to my previous answer)"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Cadillac CTS Unsure 3.6-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"Drive shaft to transfer case sheared off spline"

Anonymous, MO (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI 3.6-L V6)

"the drive shaft between the transfer case and the transmission stripped at 52,000 miles without any kind of warning. It just stopped moving"

Raymond P., OH (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI 3.6-L V6)
Differential

"The left front wheel bearing assembly failed"

Anonymous, LA (2009 Cadillac CTS CTS-V 3.6-L V6)

"I hve addressed this previously"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)
Transfer case

"Transfer case damaged by sheared spline on drive shaft"

Anonymous, MO (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI 3.6-L V6)

"refer to my previous statement"

Raymond P., OH (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI 3.6-L V6)
Driveline vibration

"The middle of the car was vibrating badly between 25 and 35 miles an hour,"

Joseph M., PA (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI 3.6-L V6)
Stability control (ESC)

"Had a problem since day 1. They never could fix it, it shut the system down when the wheels spin. Warranty now over, I'm on my own"

John M., ON (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)
Electrical failure

"Ignition coils failed"

Dennis K., UT (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI 3.6-L V6)
Traction control

"The control module had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"drains in the a pillars clogged and water leaked into the cabin precipitating a replacement of center stack for $900"

Clifton R., NY (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI 3.6-L V6)

"Leaking occurred from around front of roof top window. Apparently GM has a known problem with the small gutter system getting stopped up and water leaking through to the map light then onto the area of the gear shift. Mechanic was well aware of the p"

Reita R., VA (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)

"Drains from moon roof, clog. Water leaks into car"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI 3.6-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Annoying speaking noises that cannot be reproduced by the dealer. They sound like a ke they are coming from the suspension; but only happen occasionally. Other non-identifiable gurgle or clicking noise from behind the dash - also cannot be reproduced"

James F., TX (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI 3.6-L V6)

"Steering shaft is worn according to dealer which causes nosie while turning the wheel. Quoted 600 to replace. Refused"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI 3.6-L V6)

"All wheels squeak and rattle"

Anonymous, IN (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)
Wind noise

"Wind leaks around moon roof. At highway speeds the noise is intolerable"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI 3.6-L V6)

"There is wind noise coming from the sun roof at about 40 Mph and above. Had it to the dealer twice but said the could not fix without replacing the entire sun roof. I did not replace sunroof I just turn up the radio"

Anonymous, UT (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI 3.6-L V6)

"Driver side front window has always had air noise and efforts to fix across time of ownership have been ineffective"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI 3.6-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"Replacing the wheel bearings fixed the slighnment and tire wear issues"

Don G., FL (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering is hard at idle speeds. System nees to be replaced for power steering pump"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)

"1 shock was leaking and 1 strut was leaking; both shocks and both struts were replaced"

Lia C., WI (2009 Cadillac CTS CTS-V 6.2-L V8 supercharged)

"Had to get new struts at 140,000 miles. One was completely dry. I thought they should've lasted longer than that"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"all the wheel hubs that have the wheel bearings have been replaced twice. I think they are undersized for the load of the wheels"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)

"The left front wheel bearing failed at approximately 42,000 miles. Although the warranty was expired GM replaced ed the part free. All I paid was the labor"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)

"Wheel bearing speed sensor could not read the wheel RPM on front right, turned out that the flange on the wheel bearing asembly wasbroken. Wheel bearing assembly needed to be replaced ($480 at dealership). The the front right wheel bearing started t"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI 3.6-L V6)

"Replacement of both front wheel bearings. Separately, about three months apart. About $600 each side"

Don G., FL (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Engine was burning oil. Had same problem with 2005 CTS and was told problem had been rectified and would not happen to 2009 model. I asked about it a number of times. After taking car in every 1000km to test, on the third trip they agreed car was bu"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"Had to be replaced. Also vehicle burns excessive oil"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)

"Had to replace"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)

"Timing chain had to be replaced twice in last 12 months. It was covered under warranty the second time it was replaced"

Anonymous, IA (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)

"Code posted for check engine light said timing chain was a problem. A known issue for the CTS, but for some reason our car was not covered by special warranty. We believe the design was bad and manufacture location is not the sole reason for the issue. This occurred with 56000 miles on the car. We were able to get a partial refund from GM since they thought it was odd to have this at such low mileage"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)

"The dealer repaired at no cost to us. But believe it went out way too early with only 50,000 miles on the vechile"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI 3.6-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Coil

"had to replace 3 coils and plugs and have been told by cadillac service to expect the remaining coils and plugs to need replacement in 5-10,000 miles"

Ken H., FL (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI 3.6-L V6)

"Had to replace two coils"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"see comments under coils"

Ken H., FL (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI 3.6-L V6)

"One cylinder was not firing"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)

"Replaced two Ignition coils and spark plugs within two months"

Joseph M., PA (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI 3.6-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"Separate passenger HVAC failed (including seat heat/cooling). Requires replacement of "center stack." Expensive"

Fred J., MN (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI 3.6-L V6)

"took to the dealership 4 times for the same issue. charged us twice for not fixing the problem the first time"

James L., TX (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"leak behind engine, near firewall"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI 3.6-L V6)

"A pipe broke lost all coolant"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

"The cost to repair was extremely expensive"

Anonymous, AL (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)

"Needed to replace rear brakes only"

Kenneth L., MI (2009 Cadillac CTS Unsure 3.6-L V6)

"Worn brake pads"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Unsure)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Rough shifting at low speeds when car is still warming up. Trans specialist receipt says something abt gasket, solenoid assembly, pan & valve, "regular parts." Reset some computer. No change. Won't spend $3500 on new/used trans for a 2009"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Cadillac CTS Unsure 3.6-L V6)

"Brought the car into the Cadillac Dealership regarding the shifting issues. The dealer couldn't find the problem. Thought the issue was differential. The shifting would intermittaly make a clunking sound. Typically shifting from 1 to 2 or 2 to 1"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"I don't know what to say except that there's still rough shifting. Trans specialist was HONEST with me about the changes he made. He said they might work or they might not. I was willing to try it for $1K"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Cadillac CTS Unsure 3.6-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel injection system

"Stuck open injector"

George N., FL (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI 3.6-L V6)

"The fuel; injector has to be clean because the car was working in five cylinders. I have to pay for this job because was after the four years of warranty"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)

"All of the O2 sensors have needed changing since we bought the car three years ago. And it is a very expensive repair"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"backup sensors"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI 3.6-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"ordered disc to update GPS and it "froze" the nav system and had to have radio/nav replaced"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI 3.6-L V6)

"The radio doesn't work sometimes. When this happens, it won't work again until the car has been turned off and turned on again, usually the following day. The station will appear on the display for a few seconds but there is no sound and then the display goes blank. Here's what's most interesting:I Googled this problems and LOTS and LOTS of other people have experienced the same problem with the CATS, and I don't think it was confined to just the 2009 model. Some think it has to do with the comp"

Susan S., AL (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"a bubble on the rear wheel well appeared. Suspected some rust starting. Had it repaired and painted"

Joseph B., IL (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)

"The trunk has been painted twice and now is cracking again. The dealer repainted twice but now I am going to take to a shop of my choice and paid for the job"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Interior trim around the passenger and driver side front doors is separating from its original position"

Susan S., AL (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine mounts

"One completely broke and needed to be replaced"

David A., IL (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI 3.6-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Oil leak at front timing chain cover"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI 3.6-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"rear door lock switches were replaced...cost and labor nearly $1000"

Gerald G., AZ (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI 3.6-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Water pump

"It went bad and needed to be replaced as the car's temparture was higher than normal"

Anonymous, TN (2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

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