Cadillac’s mid-size sedan lightens up, powers up and grows up; both the two-door coupe and the wagon models, including rapid-fire CTS-V versions, continue unaltered from 2013 for at least one more year.
Base 272-horsepower turbo four-cylinder and a 3.6-liter V6 available in either 321- or 420-horsepower strengths; eight-speed automatic transmission comes with rear-drive V6 models, while a six-speed automatic operates the rest; AWD optional with the base 3.6 V6.
The third-gen CTS joins the compact ATS and full-size XTS as part of a constantly evolving Cadillac lineup. The mid-size CTS is being repositioned as a larger model that’s five inches longer with just over an inch more between the front and rear wheels. Despite these increases, the base weight is about 250 pounds less than that of the 2013 edition. The finished design is more exotic looking and ground-hugging than before, while maintaining Cadillac’s knife-edge facial features. However it’s under the hood where the CTS also displays a flair for the dramatic. The choices include a 321-horsepower V6 as well as a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that’s rated at 272 horses. The star of the show is a twin-turbocharged version of the V6 that puts out 420 horsepower and V8-like 430 pound-feet of torque. This unique-to-Cadillac powerplant anchors the CTS V-Sport, which is the successor to the hotrod CTS-V sedan. The “V” is available for at least one more year in the coupe and wagon models that carry over unaltered from the 2013 model year. A six-speed automatic transmission comes with the turbo four-cylinder and the base V6 with all-wheel-drive. The rear-drive V6 and twin-turbo V6 each run with an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The base CTS sedan, at $46,000 (about $6,000 more than the 2013 model), comes very well equipped. Even still, the options list is a lengthy one and includes 20-way adjustable front seats and a 12-inch high-resolution display monitor for operating the infotainment, phone and climate controls. There’s also a spoil-you rotten electronically locking glove compartment and even a power-operated cupholder lid for the center console. Optionally, you can expect plenty of electronic safety systems and alerts as well as magnetic ride control that constantly monitors road conditions and driving style to provide the most comfortable and stable drive possible.
Base price (incl. destination): $46,000
Type: Four-door sedan
Base engine (hp): 2.0-liter DOHC I4, turbocharged (272)
Optional engines (hp): 3.6-liter DOHC V6 (321); 3.6-liter DOHC V6, twin-turbocharged (420)
Layout: Front-engine, rear- /all-wheel-drive
Transmissions: Six-speed automatic; eight-speed automatic (std. with twin-turbo V6)
MPG (city/hwy): 19/30 (2.0)
Safety: Front airbags; front/rear side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; front knee airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control.
Weight (lb.): 3,600