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2013 Cadillac CTS

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$7,059 — $27,819 USED
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Sedan
4-5 Seats
21-22 MPG
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Interior materials quality
  • 3.6-liter V-6 power
  • Responsive automatic transmission
  • Runs on regular gas (except V-Series)

The Bad

  • Optional suspension's ride quality
  • Limited steering feedback
  • Backrest contour of Recaro bucket seats
  • Sedan's backseat room
2013 Cadillac CTS exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2013 Cadillac CTS
  • Choice of V-6 engines
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Coupe, sedan or wagon body styles
  • High-performance supercharged V-8 in V-Series

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

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, arguably competes both with BMW's 3 and 5 Series, Audi's A4 and A6 and Mercedes' C- and E-Classes.
New for 2013
A remote vehicle starter is now standard, and V-Series models get two-piece brake rotors that are better able to resist warping and improve heat dissipation.
CTS Sedan
With a suspension tuned on Germany's famed Nurburgring, the CTS sedan was the first American car that could compete with German luxury sport sedans. It offers a choice of base and sport suspension tuning and 17-, 18- or 19-inch wheels. The sedan has a standard 270-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 engine and offers an optional 318-hp, 3.6-liter V-6, both of which run on regular gas. The engines team with a six-speed automatic transmission, and rear- or all-wheel drive is available.

The five-seat interior is distinguished by a satin metallic finish and an optional glide-up navigation display that provides touch-screen controls even when retracted. Standard and optional features include active headlights, a double moonroof, heated and ventilated front seats, iPod connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity, keyless access with remote start, a premium surround-sound system and rear parking sensors...

Vehicle Overview

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, arguably competes both with BMW's 3 and 5 Series, Audi's A4 and A6 and Mercedes' C- and E-Classes.
New for 2013
A remote vehicle starter is now standard, and V-Series models get two-piece brake rotors that are better able to resist warping and improve heat dissipation.
CTS Sedan
With a suspension tuned on Germany's famed Nurburgring, the CTS sedan was the first American car that could compete with German luxury sport sedans. It offers a choice of base and sport suspension tuning and 17-, 18- or 19-inch wheels. The sedan has a standard 270-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 engine and offers an optional 318-hp, 3.6-liter V-6, both of which run on regular gas. The engines team with a six-speed automatic transmission, and rear- or all-wheel drive is available.

The five-seat interior is distinguished by a satin metallic finish and an optional glide-up navigation display that provides touch-screen controls even when retracted. Standard and optional features include active headlights, a double moonroof, heated and ventilated front seats, iPod connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity, keyless access with remote start, a premium surround-sound system and rear parking sensors.

CTS Coupe
The two-door CTS is around 3 inches shorter than the sedan from bumper to bumper, and it sits 2 inches lower. Most of the differences are behind the front fenders; it's sleeker in profile, and there are no visible door handles on the outside. The nose is subtly different, and the distinctive tail is marked by a center exhaust outlet. Mechanically, the cars are virtually identical, though the coupe is only offered with the 3.6-liter V-6. Its rear wheels are almost 1 inch farther apart. All-wheel drive is optional, and two suspension tunings are offered. The coupe seats two in front and two in back (known as 2+2 seating). Leather-trimmed seats are standard.
CTS Sport Wagon
The CTS wagon is very much a CTS sedan with a wagon rear end rather than a dramatically different car, with almost identical exterior and interior dimensions. With 25.4 cubic feet of cargo volume behind its backseat, the CTS wagon almost doubles the sedan's trunk space. European brands are slowly getting out of the wagon business, leaving the Mercedes E-Class wagon and the Audi Allroad as the main non-crossover competitors.
V-Series Upgrades
The CTS-V versions of all body styles include a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 that sends 556 hp and 551 pounds-feet of torque to the rear wheels through a manual or automatic transmission. Both have six speeds, and a limited-slip differential is standard. Brembo-brand performance brakes replace the standard CTS gear with six-piston front calipers and four-piston rears. An adaptive suspension is standard.

The V treatment includes more aggressive front styling with a larger, wire-mesh grille for increased cooling. The hood is domed to accommodate the supercharger. The tailpipes vary: For instance, those on the V-Series are cylindrical rather than rectangular as they are on the non-V coupe. Recaro-brand performance seats are optional. The steering wheel, center control panel and door panel are adorned with piano-black trim; genuine wood trim is optional. The steering wheel rim and shift knob can be optionally finished in Alcantara fabric.Safety
The CTS has six airbags, including a dual-depth front passenger bag. There are also front seat-mounted side-impact torso airbags and curtains that cover the side windows flanking the front and rear seats. The curtains are designed to deploy in a rollover. Additional standard safety features include four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, an electronic stability system with traction control and active head restraints for the front seats.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
49 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

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(1.0)

Worst car ever test drove

by DJG from Hermitage PA on November 15, 2018

The Cadillac is suppose too be cream of the crop worst car ever tried out horrible gas millage 13 miles too the gallon city 15 highway horrible and terrible time with the handle push button get u ... Read full review

(5.0)

Best car Ive ever bought, near perfect....

by Clints Ego from Grandview on October 21, 2018

I feel safe and comfortable, piles of compliments, runs like a deer, CD kicks butt. has so much on it , will need help to figure it out. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2013 Cadillac CTS currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2013 Cadillac CTS has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Cadillac

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    72 months / 70,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper (2012-2017 models)

  • Powertrain

    6 years/100,000 miles (2012-2017 models)

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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