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Cadillac CTS Review

The 2014 Cadillac CTS ranks 1 out of 13 Luxury Large Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Cadillac CTS, as well as reliability and safety data.

After a complete overhaul, reviewers say the 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan’s extraordinary performance and luxurious, quiet cabin make it one of the best luxury large cars you can buy. For having the best combination of factors that appeal to families, we named the CTS our 2014 Best Luxury Large Car for Families. 

The 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan’s powertrain lineup ranges from a turbocharged four-cylinder engine to a twin-turbocharged V6 found in the new Vsport model. The CTS coupe has a V6 and the CTS wagon offers two different V6 engines. If you want even more power, the high-performance Cadillac CTS-V sedan, coupe and wagon have a supercharged V8 engine. A six-speed manual is found on CTS-V models, and most other CTS models have a six-speed automatic. The new eight-speed auto is available on the CTS Vsport sedan and CTS sedan with the 3.6-liter V6. The EPA estimates that the turbo four-cylinder CTS sedan gets 20/30 mpg city/highway. Auto critics say the new turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers plenty of power, and they’re even happier with the V6’s added muscle. If you have a need for speed, they suggest the Vsport and CTS-V models, saying they are very fast. The automatic transmissions receive praise for how quickly and smoothly they change gears to deliver more power when needed. Critics agree that the redesigned 2014 CTS sedan has precise steering, agile handling and strong brakes. They note that the available adaptive suspension system makes the CTS even more fun to drive.

The 2014 Cadillac CTS’ cabin is quiet and comfortable, according to critics. They say it is built with very nice materials and has excellent build quality. Most reviewers note that the back seat is a bit cramped, thought they say the front seat is supremely comfortable. The 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan comes standard with Bluetooth, remote start, rear parking sensors, an 11-speaker Bose sound system, satellite and HD Radio, Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system, dual-zone automatic climate control and OnStar Directions & Connections. Available features include automatic parking assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, a rearview camera, rear cross-traffic alert, a vibrating safety alert seat, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a power sunroof, a 13-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system, navigation, a head-up display and tri-zone automatic climate control. Some reviewers say the CUE infotainment system is intuitive, while most others say it’s slow to respond to touch inputs and can be confusing.

  • "By truly innovative engineering that reduces mass and increases balance and output, the 2014 Cadillac CTS is, this time, really ready for its closeup against stalwarts from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Previous generations may have talked the talk, and the outgoing CTS-V may have danced with the best of them, but this time the entire CTS range appears to walk the walk." -- Left Lane News
  • "There is much to like with the CTS. The styling is fresh, exciting and aggressive (kudos to the designer who penned the LED daytime running lamps) and the chassis beneath the sheetmetal is impressively rigid. All of the powerplants bring something unique to the table, and the interior appointments are world-class." -- Autoblog
  • "The bottom line is that for the first time in a long time, Cadillac appears to have a complete package without the compromises we've seen in earlier models. … you owe it to yourself to take more than a spin around the block." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2014 Cadillac CTS is not exactly the car you remember. It's better. At the same time, the spirit is the same in all the important ways. After all, the car's signature color is red." -- Automobile Magazine

Other Cars to Consider

The Audi A4 gets better fuel economy than the Cadillac CTS sedan when comparing models with turbocharged four-cylinder engines, and test drivers really like the A4’s nimble handling. The A4 also comes standard with leather seats, which the CTS does not have standard.

Although reviewers say the new-for-2014 Infiniti Q50 isn’t the best handler in the class, they like its powerful V6 engine, comfortable ride and numerous standard features. The Q50’s V6 fuel economy estimates are as good as the fuel economy estimates of the turbocharged four-cylinder CTS, which means you can get more power and save fuel with the Q50.

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Details: 2014 Cadillac CTS

The 2014 Cadillac CTS comes in sedan, coupe and wagon body styles. The CTS sedan is fully redesigned for the 2014 model year and comes in five trims: Luxury Collection, Performance Collection, Premium Collection, Vsport and Vsport Premium. Vsport models are new for 2014. The CTS coupe carries over for 2014 mostly unchanged and comes in Standard, Performance and Premium trims. The CTS Sport Wagon loses the base Standard trim for 2014 and is now available in Luxury, Performance and Premium trims. The high-performance CTS-V sedan, coupe and wagon also carry over for the 2014 model year unchanged. CTS models are rear-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is available on all but the Vsport and V models. The CTS powertrain lineup ranges from a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic to a supercharged V8 with a six-speed manual. A new eight-speed automatic debuts for 2014 on the CTS sedan and Vsport sedan.

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Review Last Updated: 3/11/14

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