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MSRP: $45,345 - $69,900
Invoice: $42,851 - $65,357
MPG: 20 City / 30 Hwy
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Cadillac CTS Performance

Reviewers agree that the 2015 Cadillac CTS has agile handling, and they say its acceleration is very impressive no matter which engine you choose.

  • "With the CTS, Cadillac has combined the bold and dynamic character that's unique to American cars with the power and performance that makes pricey European models so desirable." -- AutoTrader
  • "Push the new CTS hard through a twisty ribbon of road and you're having a blast." -- Popular Mechanics (2014)

Acceleration and Power

The 2015 Cadillac CTS comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 272 horsepower and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. A 321-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 is available. Rear-wheel-drive V6 models have an eight-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel-drive V6 models have a six-speed automatic. The base CTS sedan gets an EPA-estimated 20/30 mpg city/highway, which is less than many four-cylinder rivals’ estimates, including the Audi A6 2.0T and BMW 528i. The V6 model gets 18/29, which is decent for a six-cylinder luxury sedan, though a few competitors, like the BMW 535i, get better fuel economy.

The 2015 Cadillac CTS Vsport comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 that generates 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Cadillac says the Vsport accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. The limited-edition 2015 CTS-V coupe has a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that generates 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission and a six-speed automatic are available.

Most test drivers are very satisfied with the base four-cylinder engine’s potent midrange power. They add that the optional V6 sounds great and delivers quick acceleration, and the CTS Vsport’s twin-turbo V6 is exceptionally powerful.

  • "The four lacks the eerily linear thrust of the BMW 528i's similar engine, but it compensates with a healthy midrange punch that should be more than enough for most tastes. As for the 321-hp V6, it's a carryover from the previous CTS, but we're still fans of its broad-shouldered torque and burly soundtrack." -- Edmunds
  • "Smooth and capable in rear-drive or all-wheel-drive models, the 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 offers a good blend of performance and efficiency, but we found still-powerful and more-efficient 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder an enticing alternative." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The performance champion of the lot is the new Vsport. Its turbocharged V6 is as powerful and responsive as some of the best V8s on the market, yet its fuel economy isn't far from the standard 3.6-liter engine." -- AutoTrader
  • "I'd be perfectly happy driving the base CTS around with its little turbo four-cylinder humming away under the hood all day long. Torque is ample at throttle tip-in and increases through the mid-range." -- Motor Trend (2014)

Handling and Braking

The 2015 Cadillac CTS comes standard with rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available on four-cylinder and V6 models. Critics say the CTS has exemplary handling for a luxury car, along with strong brakes and one of the most communicative steering systems in the business. Though they say the base suspension delivers a tremendous ride, they like Cadillac’s available Magnetic Ride Control suspension system even more, which features Tour, Sport and Track modes to adjust the CTS’ ride and handling characteristics.

  • "… the 2015 CTS sedan boasts superior control and agility under all conditions. This is especially true on models equipped with Magnetic Ride Control, which complements the enhanced dynamic character with Cadillac-level comfort and even more advanced driver-focused technology." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "If you ever find yourself driving one on a racetrack, don't be afraid to toss it into a corner -- it'll shrink around you like all great sport sedans, and you'll enjoy arguably the best steering feel and body control in this segment." -- Edmunds
  • “Even when riding on the base all-season tires, the superb chassis tuning makes itself known. Body roll is tightly managed, bumps are dispatched without drama, and even the base car is agile and responsive." -- Motor Trend (2014)
  • "Strong Brembo-branded brakes, now seen on every model in the lineup, have also been passed down, at least in terms of brand recognition, from the CTS-V. As expected, they reign things in with authority." -- Left Lane News (2014)
Review Last Updated: 3/26/15

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