2015 Cadillac CTS

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Key Specs

of the 2015 Cadillac CTS. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    18-24 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    272-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Distinctive exterior styling
  • Powerful, high-tech powertrain options
  • Stylish interior design and quality materials

The Bad

  • Fickle six-speed automatic transmission
  • Backseat headroom is tight
  • CUE system's learning curve
2015 Cadillac CTS exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2015 Cadillac CTS

  • 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

2015 Cadillac CTS Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Redesigned last year, the CTS is Cadillac's midsize sedan. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. Three engines are available, and the CTS competes with models like the BMW 5 Series, Lexus GS and Audi A6. A high-performance CTS-V coupe is also offered.

New for 2015
The grille gets an updated Cadillac crest, and the OnStar communication system adds 4G LTE internet connectivity with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. A three-month/3-gigabyte data trial is included.
The Cadillac User Experience system now lets you listen to text messages and respond with a preset reply when your phone is connected via Bluetooth. A wireless phone charger dubbed Cadillac DockSpot is now available, as are lane departure prevention and lane change alert safety features.


The below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • 17-inch wheels; 18- and 19-inch wheels available
  • Available adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED accents
  • Available rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Available power sunroof
  • Available illuminating door handles

Interior Highlights

  • Simulated leather upholstery; real leather available
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Push-button start
  • Choice of Bose stereos
  • CUE multimedia system with 8-inch touch-screen, three USB ports, SD card slot and MP3 jack
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Available heated and ventilated front seats
  • Available heated rear seats
  • Ava...
Vehicle Overview

Redesigned last year, the CTS is Cadillac's midsize sedan. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. Three engines are available, and the CTS competes with models like the BMW 5 Series, Lexus GS and Audi A6. A high-performance CTS-V coupe is also offered.

New for 2015
The grille gets an updated Cadillac crest, and the OnStar communication system adds 4G LTE internet connectivity with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. A three-month/3-gigabyte data trial is included.
The Cadillac User Experience system now lets you listen to text messages and respond with a preset reply when your phone is connected via Bluetooth. A wireless phone charger dubbed Cadillac DockSpot is now available, as are lane departure prevention and lane change alert safety features.


The below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • 17-inch wheels; 18- and 19-inch wheels available
  • Available adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED accents
  • Available rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Available power sunroof
  • Available illuminating door handles

Interior Highlights

  • Simulated leather upholstery; real leather available
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Push-button start
  • Choice of Bose stereos
  • CUE multimedia system with 8-inch touch-screen, three USB ports, SD card slot and MP3 jack
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Available heated and ventilated front seats
  • Available heated rear seats
  • Available navigation system
  • Available LED ambient lighting

Under the Hood

  • 272-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Available 321-hp, 3.6-liter V-6
  • Available 420-hp, twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 (Vsport)
  • Available 556-hp, supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 (CTS-V coupe)
  • Six- or eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Six-speed manual available (CTS-V coupe)
  • Available Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension
  • Available electronically controlled limited-slip differential

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • 10 airbags
  • OnStar emergency communications system with a one-year trial subscription
  • Available front and rear automatic braking
  • Available Safety Alert Seat
  • Available forward collision warning
  • Available lane departure warning and prevention
  • Available blind spot warning system
  • Available rear cross-traffic alert
  • Available backup camera

2015 CTS Video

Editor's note: This review was done in August 2013 about the 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport. Little of substance has changed with this year's model.

Latest 2015 CTS Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.9)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Bobby

by Bob from Salisbury on April 18, 2018

The car is just great. Rides smooth. Easy on gas. Very low maintenance . Handles very well. The car is designed very well. It's driver friendly. Read full review

(5.0)

The smoothest most reliable car I have owned.

by Cynthia from Dearborn Heights, Mi on February 6, 2018

This car has met all my needs. The smooth ride. The AWD is excellent, it handles well in the snow & ice. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 Cadillac CTS currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 Cadillac CTS 2.0L Turbo

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

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
marginal
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
acceptable
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    72 months / 70,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Cadillac

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, 24-hour consumer relations center hot line, Free OnStar service for six months and Vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    6 years / 100,000 miles

    Every certified Pre-Owned Cadillac comes with a 6 year or 100,000 mile Certified limited warranty coverage
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker