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.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
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The 2013 Cadillac CTS has been recalled 2 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Cadillac CTS owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

4WD/AWD components

"the different sensor went out a diff. times causing unsafe travel. Fault with components"

Anonymous, NH (2013 Cadillac CTS Base 3.0-L V6)

"And stopped working"

Anonymous, VT (2013 Cadillac CTS Base 3.0-L V6)

"4WD and Traction Control shut down during a snowstorm resulting in loss of control of vehicle."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Cadillac CTS Base 3.6-L V6)
CV joint

"Joint failed on one side of the car while under warranty. Failed on the other side of the car 1,000 miles out of warranty."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Cadillac CTS Base 3.6-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"Wheel bearing replacement"

Gerald S., IL (2013 Cadillac CTS Base 3.0-L V6)
Stability control (ESC)

"should not have happened so soon."

Anonymous, NH (2013 Cadillac CTS Base 3.0-L V6)

"I'm not sure if it was ESC, but when I pressed the accellerator , it seemed as if it the car was slow in responding. I immediately drove to the Cadillac dealership who told me it was a problem with the gas pedal(that I didn't understand) but it was corrected and I haven't had another problem."

Anonymous, AL (2013 Cadillac CTS)

"Rust hampered the way the computer monitors the esc so a warning light came on. Dealer fixed it under extended warenty"

Ben S., NY (2013 Cadillac CTS 3.0-L V6)

"Front,passenger side, wheel bearing and hub assembly has been replaced 3 times.Twice by me and once by previous owner."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Cadillac CTS Base 3.0-L V6)
Traction control

"sensors went out on 3 of the 4 plus bearings"

Anonymous, NH (2013 Cadillac CTS Base 3.0-L V6)

"Bad Sensor"

Neal P., IL (2013 Cadillac CTS Base 3.6-L V6)

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

Headlights

"The headlight on the passenger side developed a water leak, the cost of replacement for the part alone was $1250.00. Total repair cost was $1500!"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Cadillac CTS Base 3.6-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"very expensive to fix 1200 dollars"

Anonymous, NH (2013 Cadillac CTS Base 3.0-L V6)
Keyless entry

"passenger side sensor inoperable"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Cadillac CTS CTS-V 3.0-L V6)

"Doors locked automatically even with key fob inside vehicle. Could not unlock doors with other key fob. Eventually, we think we determined it to be a bad battery; the one in the car, not the fob, although we replaced both"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Cadillac CTS Base 3.0-L V6)
Warning lights

"Service Light comes on (senser problem). Trunk latch problem."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Cadillac CTS Base 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

"drain clogged on sunroof"

Philip B., NY (2013 Cadillac CTS 3.0-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Small leak around moon roof"

Cynthia W., MI (2013 Cadillac CTS Base 3.6-L V6)

"Twice the seal around the sun roof has needed to be fixed"

Anonymous, MD (2013 Cadillac CTS 3.0-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"The driver's seat has already squeaked. I have taken it in numerous times when I first bought it but, after a couple of years, the squeak has returned."

Kenneth S., TX (2013 Cadillac CTS Base 3.6-L V6)

"Noise in the dash in the area of the light that shows the speed on the windshield."

Anonymous, NC (2013 Cadillac CTS CTS-V 3.6-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"rear taillight 1/2 inch gap from top molding on both sides. can not go thru car wash. might catch and tear off taillight"

Zane E., FL (2013 Cadillac CTS Base 3.6-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"creaking noise in the driver's seat back"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Cadillac CTS Base 3.6-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Poor quality easily cracks"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Cadillac CTS CTS-V 3.0-L V6)

"front corner panel chipped and fell out about one inch circle. Dealer decline warranty to fix."

Zane E., FL (2013 Cadillac CTS Base 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

Calipers

"brake system overhaul"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Cadillac CTS CTS-V 3.0-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Had to do the front brakes pads no roters"

John M., BC (2013 Cadillac CTS Base 3.0-L V6)
Parking brake

"The problems with the CUE system and the parking brake going on while driving caused GM to buy the car back under California's Lemon Law."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Cadillac CTS 3.6-L V6)
Rotors

"vibration at moderate braking"

Philip B., NY (2013 Cadillac CTS 3.0-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

Ball joints

"odd noises coming from the front suspension and have had it fixed several times. With wear and tear the noises come back"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Cadillac CTS 3.6-L V6)
Electronic or air suspension

"Learned after purchase of off lease CTS that suspension was similar to European sports cars. Drives great. Rides like a truck. Not good for an old couple used to driving comfortable Buicks since 1988..Should have stayed with a new Buick sedan at about same price."

Anonymous, GA (2013 Cadillac CTS Base 3.6-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"This is all part of the same problem"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Cadillac CTS 3.6-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"I started to hear a noise in my right wear tire, took it in to my mechanic and he told my the noise was caused by a bad wheel bearing, so I had it replaced."

Anonymous, (2013 Cadillac CTS Base 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Transmission computer

"Coding went bad. Irregular pick-up and gear change"

Wiley M., GA (2013 Cadillac CTS Base 3.6-L V6)

"Has a problem shifting around 36 to 38 mph especially going up hill. Strong vibration in middle of car underneath between and just behind the front seats. Have not had it to the shop yet as it is 50 miles away and there have been health problems"

Anonymous, MO (2013 Cadillac CTS Base 3.6-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Had a leak and had to replace torque converter Car was always well maintained - oil, inspections... I could feel the hesitation in changing gears"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Cadillac CTS Base 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

"Lost its focus- blurry"

M H., MI (2013 Cadillac CTS CTS-V 3.6-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

"Display freezes. Will not accept any input---can't even change the radio station. GPS is really bad. A hand held GPS works better"

Mark P., CA (2013 Cadillac CTS Base 3.6-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"I am using this area to relate to the CUE system. That was where all the problems were. Parking brake applied while driving-heater and seat warmers came on etc."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Cadillac CTS 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"combined with last answer"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Cadillac CTS Base 3.6-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission started slipping into neutral while stopped for stop sign or stop light. Got it towed to dealership for diagnosis. Dealership took over 6 months to fix the problem because they originally did not want to replace the entire transmission but tried to determine what in the transmission was failing. They eventually replaced the transmission."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Cadillac CTS CTS-V 6.2-L V8 supercharged)

"first ever purchase of dealer warrant. Not wisest choice, but have used a bit over third of cost, with one hundred $ decuctible, at over 75000 mile. 38 mos or 100000 tops left on dealer warranty. More than you wanted to know. Cardrives well, but I am too old for its poor ride"

Wiley M., GA (2013 Cadillac CTS Base 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

Sunroof

"Sun roof rubber seal came loose"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Cadillac CTS CTS-V 3.0-L V6)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Evaporator

"Evaporator core condensation suddenly started draining into the front of the passenger compartment. The problem was diagnosed as a clogged drain line and the solution was to clean the line. and debris in the case that surrounds the evaporator"

Kent B., FL (2013 Cadillac CTS Base 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

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

Engine Major

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

Engine Cooling

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

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

Engine Minor

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

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.

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Oct 01, 2014
If the module experiences an electrical short, the vehicle could stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Cadillac CTS, Escalade, Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Yukon, and Yukon XL, and 2014 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Express, Impala, Silverado HD, Traverse, GMC Acadia, Savana, and Sierra HD vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the chassis electronic module may be internally contaminated, resulting in an electrical short.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the chassis electronic module, free of charge. The recall began on December 26, 2014. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-458-006 (Cadillac), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), and 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM¿s number for this recall is 14515.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V614000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 106307
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Jul 02, 2014
If the key is not in the run position, the air bags may not deploy if the vehicle is involved in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
Summary:
This defect can affect the safe operation of the airbag system. Until this recall is performed, customers should remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the ignition key. The key fob (if applicable), should also be removed from the key ring. General Motors LLC (GM) notified the agency on July 2, 2014 that they are recalling 554,328 model year 2003-2014 Cadillac CTS vehicles manufactured August 16, 2001, to April 28, 2014, and 2004-2006 Cadillac SRX vehicles manufactured March 20, 2003, to August 11, 2006. In these models, the weight on the key ring and/or road conditions or some other jarring event may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position, turning off the engine.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will install two key rings and an insert in the key slot or a cover over the key head on all ignition keys, free of charge. The recall began on September 15, 2014. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 14172.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V394000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 554328
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