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, grew four inches longer, and acquired a plusher, posher interior. In short, it emerged from GM's finishing school as the most driver-focused midsized luxury sedan you can buy.
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 2016 Cadillac CTS has been recalled 2 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Electric System
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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 2016 Cadillac CTS owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Android Auto

"It is difficult to use and has trouble syncing with phone."

Chet R., AZ (2016 Cadillac CTS Base 3.6-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

"After starting up, nothing in the Cue system would work. This happened 2 times and each time the screen was replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, CT (2016 Cadillac CTS Base 3.6-L V6)

"The selection portion of the screen refused to hide Dealership reprogrammed the unit and resolved the problem"

Chet R., AZ (2016 Cadillac CTS Base 3.6-L V6)

"Screen froze intermittently. Brought it to Cadillac dealer who replaced the screen."

Henry P., (2016 Cadillac CTS 3.6-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"Screen stopped working"

Christopher Z., FL (2016 Cadillac CTS Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Part of problem with screen freezing. Replaced by Cadillac dealer."

Henry P., (2016 Cadillac CTS 3.6-L V6)
Hardware replacement

"The CUE (Cadillac's all-in-one radio, NAV, Backup Camera, Bluetooth) head unit failed as is a known issue. It was replaced under my extended warranty. Cost to replace if Not under said warranty would have been in excess of $1,400. The new upgraded unit works flawlessly. It paid for my Extended Warranty purchase price!"

Anonymous, NC (2016 Cadillac CTS Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The GPS system went crazy and was reprogrammed under warrenty."

Anonymous, CT (2016 Cadillac CTS Base 3.6-L V6)
Radio

"Part of the CUE system that was replaced as a head unit."

Anonymous, NC (2016 Cadillac CTS Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The swipe screen for the radio sucks, it will start scrolling with no apparent reason and stops when it wants to. I don't like that. I don't like that it's all touch for the rest of the unit as well. I was glad when I read that the new Cadillac's will have knobs rather than the touch screen."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Cadillac CTS Unsure 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

Clutch adjustment

"Clutch had to have a new oil put in to make it run smoother"

Anonymous, SC (2016 Cadillac CTS Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Gear selector or linkage

"gear selection required me to push the shift into park twice before it locked in"

Anonymous, IN (2016 Cadillac CTS CTS-V 3.6-L V6 turbo)
Slipping transmission

"The slipping transmission issues were a prelude to the transmission going out and were cured with the installation of the new transmission alluded to in the previous question"

Wesley A., WA (2016 Cadillac CTS Base 3.6-L V6)

"Always had a problem with being in too low of a gear when re-accelerating (e.g. turning a corner). Eventually began to slip. Took to dealership, they were told by GM to do a double-flush and reset, which appears to have solved"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Cadillac CTS Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"A heat sensor in transmission fluid failed,causing yellow warning on instrument panel. Diagnosed, part ordered, loaner vehicle, part & fluid replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Cadillac CTS Base 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

Alignment

"Michigan highways are the worst in the US and as a result repeated pot hole damage created the alignment problem. In a state that has good highways , this would not occur"

Larry C., MI (2016 Cadillac CTS Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tire wear is uneven

"Cronically lost air. Had to replace a tire before 15,000 miles."

Anonymous, MI (2016 Cadillac CTS CTS-V 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Have had 4 failures of Pirelli run flat tires in less than 4000 miles. Many other examples of this failure on the internet"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Cadillac CTS Vsport 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"They had to change transmission fluid to Mobile 1 synthetic and it fixed the problem"

Anonymous, IN (2016 Cadillac CTS Base 3.6-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"This vehicle had problems w/the transmission in Sept 2017, again in Jan 2018, and finally in Feb 2018. In all instances the vehicle became inoperable and was towed to the Cadillac dealership. Finally, in Feb 2018, the dealership/Company replaced the transmission with a factory built new transmission . No problems since the install......thank goodness!!!"

Wesley A., WA (2016 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

Pulsation or vibration

"If I had to apply brake pressure at a highway speed the brakes pulsates and felt uneven."

Anonymous, MI (2016 Cadillac CTS CTS-V 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaking

"Brakes began to make a croaking sound at low speed, timed with the speed, i.e. diminishing frequency as the speed decreased. Front rotors were replaced, at my expense, even though there was considerable life left on the rotors."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Cadillac CTS 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Service park assist message intermittently appeared in the cluster. Took to dealer, they perform a software update that fixed it."

Anonymous, MI (2016 Cadillac CTS Base 3.6-L V6)

"When it rains or snows, alarm will sound when vehicle is stopped, even when there is nothing in front of or behind vehicle. Camera will turn on."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Cadillac CTS 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

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"minor leak in sunroof. Quickly resolved"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Cadillac CTS Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"It is the engine shut off at a complete stop unless you manually set the over ride. You cannot put a permanent over ride and then choose to use it when you want"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Cadillac CTS 3.6-L V6 turbo)

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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery kept dying. No electrical power on numerous occasions. Car was in the shop for repair at least three times for a total of more than 30 days."

Anonymous, OH (2016 Cadillac CTS Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"A relay went out and was replaced by the dealer under Warranty"

Anonymous, NC (2016 Cadillac CTS Base 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

Differential

"Very small leak on noticed my garage floor. Completely fixed at the dealership"

David C., AZ (2016 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

"Condensation keeps forming in the left foglight, took it to dealer, they said they can't do anything about it since its a vented light, GM's guidelines say it can only be deemed defective if it holds standing water or the condensation is in there continuously for at least two weeks, which mine doesn't do. No repair performed."

Anonymous, MI (2016 Cadillac CTS Base 3.6-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

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.

Paint/Trim

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

Engine Major

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

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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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
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STEERING
Feb 07, 2019
Loss of power steering assist would require a higher steering effort, especially at lower speeds, which may increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2016-2018 Cadillac CTS, and 2017 Cadillac ATS, Chevrolet Camaro, and Chevrolet Corvette vehicles. The electric power steering (EPS) assist system may fail.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the power steering gear assembly, free of charge. The recall began June 13, 2019. GM' number for this recall is N182182760.
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: 19V086000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 26772
SEATS
Sep 07, 2018
In cold ambient temperatures, the seat heaters in these vehicles can turn on automatically when the vehicle is remotely started. If a damaged seat heater is turned on while no one is inside the vehicle, the damaged seat heater can overheat, increasing the risk of a fire.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2014-2016 Cadillac CTS vehicles, equipped with heated front seats. The flexible heating mats in the front seats may be damaged over time, resulting in the seat heaters producing excessive heat.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will recalibrate the body control module, disabling the automatic activation of the heated seat when the vehicle is remotely started, free of charge. The recall began November 1, 2018. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for the recall is 18286.
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: 18V595000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 52867
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