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2006 Cadillac CTS

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$13 — $11,441 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
21-22 MPG
(Combined)
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Performance
  • Seriously swift acceleration of CTS-V
  • Stability
  • Sporty steering feel
  • Seat comfort

The Bad

  • Control layout
  • Unconventional sharp-edged styling
  • Less refined than European sedans

What to Know

about the 2006 Cadillac CTS
  • Choice of two V-6s (CTS)
  • Manual or automatic (CTS)
  • Ultra-performance 400-hp CTS-V
  • Chiseled styling theme
  • Six airbags

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2006 Cadillac CTS Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
A 210-horsepower, 2.8-liter V-6 replaced the 220-hp, 3.2-liter V-6 in the entry-luxury CTS (Cadillac Touring Sedan) for the 2005 model year. A new six-speed manual became the standard transmission, but a five-speed automatic could be installed.

For 2006, the automatic transmission gains Driver Shift Control, and cashmere is a new interior color choice. A new XM NavTraffic system, included with the optional DVD navigation system, provides continuously updated traffic information in select cities. Sport Appearance and Sport Performance Packages include 18-inch wheels.

Launched as an early 2003 model, the CTS was built on a new Sigma rear-wheel-drive platform and featured square-edge styling. Suspension revisions and interior changes for 2004 were intended to soften the ride and reduce noise.

A high-performance CTS-V sedan debuted during the 2004 season.
(Skip to details on the: CTS-V)

Exterior
Styling themes for the CTS are rooted in Cadillac’s Evoq concept car. Cadillac touted the CTS as “the first 100 percent application of Cadillac’s art and science approach to passenger-car design.”

Cadillac has described the CTS body as lean, bold and chiseled, incorporating “sharp edges and crisp intersecting lines” and a short front overhang. Measuring 190.1 inches long overall, the CTS rides a 113.4-inch wheelbase. Integrated, traditionally styled vertical headlights and taillights are installed. The large, shield-shaped, louvered eggcr...

Vehicle Overview
A 210-horsepower, 2.8-liter V-6 replaced the 220-hp, 3.2-liter V-6 in the entry-luxury CTS (Cadillac Touring Sedan) for the 2005 model year. A new six-speed manual became the standard transmission, but a five-speed automatic could be installed.

For 2006, the automatic transmission gains Driver Shift Control, and cashmere is a new interior color choice. A new XM NavTraffic system, included with the optional DVD navigation system, provides continuously updated traffic information in select cities. Sport Appearance and Sport Performance Packages include 18-inch wheels.

Launched as an early 2003 model, the CTS was built on a new Sigma rear-wheel-drive platform and featured square-edge styling. Suspension revisions and interior changes for 2004 were intended to soften the ride and reduce noise.

A high-performance CTS-V sedan debuted during the 2004 season.
(Skip to details on the: CTS-V)

Exterior
Styling themes for the CTS are rooted in Cadillac’s Evoq concept car. Cadillac touted the CTS as “the first 100 percent application of Cadillac’s art and science approach to passenger-car design.”

Cadillac has described the CTS body as lean, bold and chiseled, incorporating “sharp edges and crisp intersecting lines” and a short front overhang. Measuring 190.1 inches long overall, the CTS rides a 113.4-inch wheelbase. Integrated, traditionally styled vertical headlights and taillights are installed. The large, shield-shaped, louvered eggcrate grille is reminiscent of Cadillacs dating back to the 1930s. Cadillac’s wreath-and-crest symbol is incorporated into the grille.

Cast-aluminum wheels hold 16-inch tires. An optional Sport Package includes Cadillac’s StabiliTrak electronic stability system, a sport-tuned suspension, a load-leveling rear suspension and 17-inch wheels. The Sport Performance Package includes 18-inch wheels, revised suspension tuning, xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights, StabiliTrak and a tire-pressure monitor.

Interior
Five people fit inside the CTS sedan. Wood is used only in areas where it will come in contact with occupants: on the three-spoke steering wheel, gearshift knob and door pulls. The seats have leather seating surfaces, and heated front seats are optional. General Motors’ OnStar communication system is standard. Trunk capacity measures 12.8 cubic feet.

Under the Hood
Cadillac’s 3.6-liter V-6 produces 255 hp, and the 2.8-liter V-6 generates 210 hp. Both engines work with an Aisin six-speed-manual transmission or an optional five-speed automatic. A button for the automatic allows drivers to select Sport, Winter or Economy mode, and engine braking occurs in all five gears.

Safety
Six airbags are installed: dual-stage front airbags, seat-mounted side-impact airbags and roof-mounted side curtain-type airbags. Antilock brakes and all-speed traction control are standard.

Driving Impressions
Controversial CTS styling might be considered either alluring or alarming, but there’s less to argue about when it comes to this car’s excellent driving characteristics. An excellent, quick-shifting automatic transmission assists subtle yet bountiful performance.

For the most part, drivers can expect the feel of a European sport sedan, but the CTS isn’t quite as refined as an Audi or BMW. Still, the CTS is exceptionally stable on the road and easy to drive around town. Steering response is on the sporty side, too.

The controls are somewhat unorthodox, but the driver’s seat is especially comfortable and adequately supportive. Headroom, elbowroom and leg space are abundant up front.

CTS-V
Cadillac launched a performance offshoot of the CTS during the 2004 model year. Rather than the relatively mild-mannered V-6 engines that go into regular CTS sedans, the 2006 CTS-V gets a new, larger 6.0-liter V-8 that produces the same 400 hp and 395 pounds-feet of torque as the 2005 model. Only a Tremec six-speed-manual gearbox is offered.

The CTS-V was the first of several planned V-series models, which are developed by GM’s Performance Division. Differences between the CTS-V and the regular CTS include a unique front fascia and a tightened suspension. Performance-tuned shocks, springs and stabilizer bars are installed on the CTS-V, and Brembo brakes use 14-inch rotors. The performance-packed CTS-V behaves as promised, accelerating with energetic haste. Back to top

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
57 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

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(4.0)

Very nice car

by Seyka from Big Rapids Michigan on November 15, 2019

Drives great smooth engine very comfortable ride very well handling on the roads clean interior and no rust on body . Only 1 previous owner to to college and back Read full review

(5.0)

Definitely a extremely reliable vehicle

by Star from Bloomfield New Jersey on November 7, 2019

the car is excellent for family or friends or just yourself plenty of legroom very spacious trunk all around good vehicle runs great just put gas in and go also an extremely good price a must-see no ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2006 Cadillac CTS currently has 6 recalls


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The CTS received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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