2012 Cadillac CTS Review
Test drivers think the 2012 Cadillac CTS is one of the best upscale midsize cars, thanks to its powerful engines, outstanding handling and modern styling.
If you’re shopping for an upscale midsize car that will stand out from the rest of the pack, reviewers say the 2012 Cadillac CTS is a great choice. They like its excellent handling and powerful V6 engines. If you want a car that can handle daily commutes with ease, but also carve corners, critics say that the CTS is a good choice, but also cross-shop the Infiniti G and BMW 3-Series before making a decision.
The interior in the CTS also is well-liked by automotive journalists. They say the modern styling, luxurious materials and easy-to-use electronics strike a nice balance. They do say that the thick rear pillars that create the edgy styling also create poor rear visibility in both the sedan and coupe, and suggest the rearview camera, which is standard on higher trim levels, for backing up.
Another downside is the narrow trunk opening in both the sedan and coupe, which test drivers say makes loading cargo difficult. Some reviewers also dislike the front seats in the CTS, saying they lack support, while others found them to be just fine. Despite these drawbacks, the automotive press says if you want to turn heads in a car with a luxurious cabin, the Cadillac CTS is one of the best choices in the class.
Other Cars to Consider
In the competitive upscale midsize car class, the Cadillac CTS is well-like by reviewers. From a performance standpoint, the BMW 3-Series is a good car to cross-shop against the CTS. The 3-Series is also sold in coupe and wagon body styles, just like the CTS.
If you like the Cadillac CTS’ sharp lines and handsome styling, test drive the Acura TL. Reviewers used to hate the TL’s front end because they thought it resembled a bird beak, but the TL has a revised front end, which is less polarizing. Most automotive writers now like the TL’s exterior styling and upscale, modern interior. Similar to the CTS, the TL also offers optional AWD and powerful V6 engines.
Cadillac CTS: The Details
The 2012 Cadillac CTS is available as a sedan and coupe. The CTS wagon is reviewed separately. The CTS sedan comes in four trim levels: Standard, Luxury, Performance and Premium. The CTS Coupe is available in three trims: Standard, Performance and Premium. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is optional on both the sedan and coupe. The CTS gains standard Bluetooth and a more powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine for 2012. See the full list of 2012 Cadillac CTS specs.
- "With the 2012 CTS, Cadillac has improved both performance and efficiency - an impressive feat that will keep the car on its successful run." -- Road and Track
- "Though it now enters its fourth year of production since a full redesign, the 2012 Cadillac CTS sedan continues to make a strong case for itself as a solid choice for an entry-level luxury sport sedan." -- Edmunds
- "Competitive pricing is icing on the cake for this premium-midsize sedan." -- Consumer Guide
- "This car isn't just good -- it's world-class. ... Inside and out, it's better, cleaner and offers everything a customer is looking for in a well-priced luxury sedan." -- The Detroit News