The CTS outscores some of the best of the imported luxury sports sedans. Drivers will like the responsive steering, agile handling, eager acceleration, and excellent brakes. All passengers should appreciate the steady, composed ride and plush interior. However, the cockpit was too snug for some, and the rear seat is a bit tight.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Excellent acceleration, able to easily merge into freeway traffic. All wheel drive is excellent on slick pavement (note: normally rear wheel drive for performance)."

Anonymous, MO (2013 Cadillac CTS)

"AWD 2 Dr sports performance model is quick and responsive in acceleration and deceleration. Handling is excellent and has adequate road feel feedback. Very confident driving for any road conditions at any speed. Is fully equipped with modern luxury, convenience items."

Gary D., MD (2013 Cadillac CTS)


Anonymous, NC (2013 Cadillac CTS)

"Haven't had a better auto"

Elizabeth H., FL (2013 Cadillac CTS)

"acceleration and handling is fantastic,"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Cadillac CTS)

"Nearly six years old and it drives like new.....great acceleration and handles smoothly."

Anonymous, NC (2013 Cadillac CTS)

"CTS V is wicked fast and handles as well or better than BMW M or MB AMG"

Mary G., NJ (2013 Cadillac CTS)

"It's starting to get up in age and has a tendency to chatter slightly thru the drivetrain (differentials) when making tight left or right turns. Vehicle is equipped with AWD"

Everett A., VA (2013 Cadillac CTS)

"This car handles like a dream. Very fast acceleration when needed."

Thomas W., WI (2013 Cadillac CTS)

"I'm very happy with the acceleration, turning radius, and overall handling"

Daryl T., NV (2013 Cadillac CTS)

"My CTS has the performance package that includes the 3.6 liter V6. It has very good acceleration and handling. Wish I could afford the CTS-V, but overall I’m very happy with the CTS 3.6"

Steve T., NM (2013 Cadillac CTS)

"This car has very smooth but rapid acceleration. Rides very smoothly and is very nimble on the road. Fun to drive."

Ralph C., MO (2013 Cadillac CTS)

"Very dynamic steering. Firm suspension and was enjoyable to drive"

Anonymous, DE (2013 Cadillac CTS)

"It is a great looking car to be sure. Handles well and smooth. Getting in and out a challenge if you a bad back though."

Ralph V., NY (2013 Cadillac CTS)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The leather seats are beautiful. My wife finds them very comfortable, but I find that the driver seat in my HHR is more comfortable than the driver seat in the CTS."

Fred Z., IL (2013 Cadillac CTS)

"Seats now seem very hard and car has lots of road noise .."

Anonymous, OH (2013 Cadillac CTS)

"driver's seat could be higher for better visibility"

J G., IL (2013 Cadillac CTS)

"very easy to operate"

Anonymous, WI (2013 Cadillac CTS)

"there is to much road noise The touch screen is to easy to make a mistake and you have to look away from driving to correct the action."

Anonymous, NC (2013 Cadillac CTS)

"I'm very pleased with the overall driving experience"

Daryl T., NV (2013 Cadillac CTS)

"I have back issues and the seats, with lumbar function, make the already smooth ride more comfortable on long trips. Car rides smooth and fairly quiet for a near 6 year old car."

Anonymous, NC (2013 Cadillac CTS)

"Seats feel too low. There is a lot of road noise. A lot of wind noise with the windows down. On a different note I don't like that I have to drop the front bumper to change the headlight bulbs"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Cadillac CTS)

"really smooth ride with a generally good pickup"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Cadillac CTS)

"Adjusts very easily to my changing back needs"

D W., MA (2013 Cadillac CTS)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"sporty auto. very agile. Bought new for 35 k."

Anonymous, KY (2013 Cadillac CTS)

"coupe was a good value for price, unique styling, too bad they killed the model, won't be buying 4 door cars"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Cadillac CTS)

"I bought this CTS at the end of model year 2013 and paid $9,000 less than MSRP. I also received a good amount for my trade in, so I feel I got a good value."

Steve T., NM (2013 Cadillac CTS)

"Great auto"

Elizabeth H., FL (2013 Cadillac CTS)

"Erygood value for exterior presentation & interior luxurys"

Anonymous, DE (2013 Cadillac CTS)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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