• (4.7) 46 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,505$37,813
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 16
  • Engine: 556-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/OD
2012 Cadillac CTS

Our Take on the 2012 Cadillac CTS

Once offered exclusively as a sedan, the CTS lineup has grown in the past few years to include a wagon and a coupe. All three body styles are available in V-Series performance versions, which carry the name CTS-V. Because of its size, the CTS, which seats four in coupe form and five otherwise, a... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Optional suspension's ride quality
  • Limited steering feedback
  • Backrest contour of Recaro bucket seats
  • Sedan's backseat room
  • Driver's-side B-pillar restricts visibility

Notable Features

  • Choice of V-6 engines
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Coupe, sedan or wagon body styles
  • High-performance supercharged V-8 in V-Series
  • Newly standard Bluetooth cellphone connectivity

2012 Cadillac CTS Reviews

Cars.com Expert Reviews

It's difficult to find a way to describe the Cadillac CTS-V sedan in a way that would appeal to a parent's priorities when shopping for a car. Things like, "This was the most fun car I've ever driven!" and "I felt like a total badass in it!" probably aren't statements that will put the CTS-V on responsible parents' radar. But all of the above statements are absolutely... Read full review for the 2012 Cadillac CTS

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Art and Science. Totally into it.

by RainCold-Cao from State College, PA on December 16, 2012

(I'm chinese so my English writing is bad, sorry:) IF, you like cars with sharp exterior styling. IF, you want your ride runs smooth and providing you a reliable feeling. IF, you want to be special, u... Read Full Review

3 Trim Levels Available

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2012 Cadillac CTS Safety Ratings

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There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Free Scheduled Maintenance


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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.


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