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

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

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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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 optiona... Read More

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.

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Consumer Reviews

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

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

First Time Cadillac Owner

by Reluctant First Time Cadillac Owner from Plymouth, MI on August 9, 2018

I've only owned my car since March 2015, but so far I'm in love with this vehicle. My only concern is over the dealership. I was formally a Lincoln owner and blown away at how over-the-top they were ... Read full review

(5.0)

Absolutley loved this car

by Nicoledavis1111 from Dunnellon on July 31, 2018

This car is everything I would want a more but I also have to think about my family and Pricing due to my own situations so I went with the best Dale now it's time to come back and make a even better ... 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 Warranties

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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 warranty

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

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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