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Used Car: 2013 Cadillac CTS Review

Review Last Updated: 8/14/14

Critics said the 2013 Cadillac CTS has a stylish interior and is enjoyable to drive thanks to its responsive steering and powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine.

The 2013 Cadillac CTS comes standard with a 3.0-liter V6 engine, but many reviewers said this engine isn't particular muscular and recommended opting for models with the larger 3.6-liter V6, which they said delivers much more impressive acceleration. With either V6, the CTS gets 18/27 mpg city/highway, which is slightly lower than what other six-cylinder cars get. A six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard. All-wheel drive is available. The high-performance CTS-V has a supercharged V8 and is available with either a six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic. Some test drivers wrote that the 2013 Cadillac CTS rides serenely over rough roads, but others noted that it’s a bit stiff, especially with the available sport suspension. Though automotive experts reported that the CTS delivers a satisfying driving experience overall, some noted that it feels less nimble than some competitors. Still, critics were quite happy with the CTS’ accurate steering and powerful brakes.

Test drivers were pleased with the 2013 Cadillac CTS’ sharp interior styling and top-notch cabin materials. However, its front seats drew criticism for their flat back cushions and lack of long-distance ride comfort, and reviewers wrote that the sedan’s back seats have limited head- and legroom for taller occupants. The CTS sedan has a 13.6-cubic-foot trunk, which is a normal size for the class. The CTS Sport Wagon offers a maximum of 58 cubic feet of cargo space, and the coupe has 10.5 cubic feet. Standard features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, Bluetooth, an eight-speaker Bose audio system and a rearview camera. Available features include navigation, Recaro front sport seats, a sunroof, a USB connection, a 10-speaker Bose audio system and a heated steering wheel. When the available navigation system’s screen is retracted, the top section remains visible and serves as a control panel for the audio system, which reviewers thought is clever.

The 2013 Cadillac CTS has an excellent reliability rating for the class.

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Test drivers agreed that the 2013 Acura TL’s standard V6 engine is quite potent, and they noted that the TL has agile handling, especially when equipped with all-wheel drive. Most critics said the TL’s front and rear seats are spacious and comfortable.

Reviewers enjoyed the luxurious ambiance inside the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which has a handsome cabin design and top-notch materials. Like the CTS, the C-Class is available in a high-performance trim, the C63 AMG, which is powered by a muscular V8 engine.

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