of the 2015 Cadillac CTS. Base trim shown.
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- Distinctive exterior styling
- Powerful, high-tech powertrain options
- Stylish interior design and quality materials
- Fickle six-speed automatic transmission
- Backseat headroom is tight
- CUE system's learning curve
OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot capability standard
Touch-sensitive CUE multimedia system standard
Sedan or high-performance CTS-V coupe
Rear- or all-wheel drive
420-hp, twin-turbo V-6 engine available
What Is the 2015 Cadillac CTS?
The 2015 Cadillac CTS is a mid-size luxury sedan that seats five and competes with vehicles like the BMW 5 Series, Lexus GS and Audi A6. It gets standard rear-wheel drive, and it has available all-wheel drive. It comes in nine trim levels, named partly for their engine options, starting with the 2.0L Turbo, which comes in Luxury, Performance and Premium trims. The 3.6L also comes in Luxury, Performance and Premium trims, as well as 3.6L Twin Turbo Vsport and Vsport Premium versions. Cadillac also sells a high-performance 2015 CTS-V coupe, covered separately.
What's New on the 2015 Cadillac CTS?
The OnStar communication system onboard the 2015 Cadillac CTS now comes with 4G LTE internet connectivity with a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, including a three-month/3-gigabyte data trial. It also comes with the Cadillac User Experience system, which now allows you to listen and respond to text messages when your phone is connected with Bluetooth. The 2015 Cadillac CTS now gets an available wireless phone charger called the Cadillac DockSpot, as well.
Outside of technology features, the 2015 CTS has an updated Cadillac crest on the grille. Lane departure prevention and lane change alert safety features are now available on the 2015 Cadillac CTS, too.
How Does the 2015 Cadillac CTS Compare to Other Mid-Size Luxury Sedans?
While the Cadillac CTS has gotten pricier with newer iterations, it also has many added luxury features - Cadillac says it added 20 new standard features in 2014. Despite the increased price, the Cadillac CTS remains cheaper than its overseas rivals from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. The increased power on higher engine options, the impressive styling and the quality interior comforts make the 2015 Cadillac CTS a worthy entry in the mid-size luxury sedan class.
What Features in the 2015 Cadillac CTS Are Most Important?
The CTS comes standard with a 272-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The available 3.6-liter V-6 engine gets 321 hp, and the available twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 engine in the Vsport gets 420 hp. The transmission is either a six- or eight-speed automatic, depending on the engine and drive type. Available performance features include an electronically controlled limited-slip differential and a Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension.
The 2015 Cadillac CTS comes standard with 17-inch wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start and simulated leather upholstery. Real leather upholstery is available, as are 18- and 19-inch wheels, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a navigation system and LED ambient lighting. Adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED accents, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a power moonroof and illuminating door handles round out the main available features. For entertainment, the 2015 CTS includes standard Bluetooth streaming audio, a CUE multimedia system with 8-inch touchscreen, three USB ports, an SD card slot, an MP3 jack and a choice of Bose stereos.
Per requirements for all new cars, the 2015 Cadillac CTS comes with front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system. It also comes standard with 10 airbags and an OnStar emergency communications system with a one-year trial subscription. Available safety features include lane departure warning and prevention, forward collision warning, front and rear automatic braking, a Safety Alert Seat, a backup camera, rear cross-traffic alert and a blind spot warning system.
Should I Buy the 2015 Cadillac CTS?
The distinctive exterior style of the 2015 Cadillac CTS will likely appeal to luxury car enthusiasts, as will the attractive, comfortable interior design and materials. The added athletic, high-tech powertrain options further make the 2015 Cadillac CTS well worth your time for a test drive.
If you plan on driving with passengers, they may find the backseat headroom to be a bit tight. The CUE system can also have a steep learning curve compared with other vehicle technology suites, and the six-speed automatic transmission has fickle responsiveness.
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