2006 Cadillac CTS

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Key Specs

of the 2006 Cadillac CTS. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    21-22 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    210-hp, 2.8-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of 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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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Neil and Phill did an amazing job.

by lady12542436 on August 27, 2018

Neil and Phill did an amazing job. everything I had issues with. had great customer service and got me in the price range I needed. Awesome! Read full review

(5.0)

Affordable Price for Great Style

by Pnpprson from Memphis, TN on August 10, 2018

If you are looking for a great car with stylish interior and exterior then the Cadillac CTS is for you. This car comes with individual climate control, heated seats, SiriusXM, OnStar, and more! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2006 Cadillac CTS currently has 6 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2006 Cadillac CTS Base w/1SA

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
poor
Overall Rear
poor
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
acceptable

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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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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