32 reviews
2012 Cadillac CTS
2012 Cadillac CTS
Available Price Range $6,230-$35,078 Trims3 Combined MPG 16 Seats 4-5

Our Take on the 2012 Cadillac CTS

Our Take

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


Our 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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Consumer Reviews


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Put it in SPORT MODE--or walk!

by Speedster from boston MA on July 22, 2013

Reference is to the CTS Coupe premium package, AT, AWD.. First, Cadillac has succeeded in providing the smooth mush-matic xmission that reverts atavistically to Caddies of yore. Really wimpy--until y... Read Full Review

3 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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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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