2016 Cadillac CTS

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Cadillac CTS base trim shown

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    19-25 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    268-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    8-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
  • Interior materials quality

The Bad

  • Backseat headroom is tight
  • Cadillac User Experience system's learning curve
  • Rear visibility
2016 Cadillac CTS exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2016 Cadillac CTS

  • New 3.6-liter V-6 engine available
  • Eight-speed automatic now standard
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto smartphone mirroring capability
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Performance-oriented V-Sport and CTS-V versions available

2016 Cadillac CTS Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The CTS, Cadillac's midsize sedan, is offered with rear- or all-wheel drive. Three engines are offered: a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, a new 3.6-liter V-6 and, on the V-Sport model, a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6. The CTS competes with luxury sedans like the BMW 5 Series, Lexus GS and Audi A6. The high-performance CTS-V is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.

New for 2016
A new available 3.6-liter V-6 engine with direct injection, stop-start technology and cylinder deactivation is rated at 335 horsepower. The turbocharged four-cylinder also has stop-start technology to save fuel, and both the four-cylinder and V-6 team with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Apple CarPlay technology for integrating iPhone capabilities has been added to the standard Cadillac User Experience multimedia system. Android Auto capability is due later in the model year. A surround-view camera system is now available.

Significant Standard Features

  • 268-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Power front seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hot-spot capability (data subscription required)
  • CUE multimedia system with 8-inch touch-screen, three USB ports, an SD card slot and MP3 jack
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Backup camera
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Fea...

Vehicle Overview

The CTS, Cadillac's midsize sedan, is offered with rear- or all-wheel drive. Three engines are offered: a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, a new 3.6-liter V-6 and, on the V-Sport model, a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6. The CTS competes with luxury sedans like the BMW 5 Series, Lexus GS and Audi A6. The high-performance CTS-V is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.

New for 2016
A new available 3.6-liter V-6 engine with direct injection, stop-start technology and cylinder deactivation is rated at 335 horsepower. The turbocharged four-cylinder also has stop-start technology to save fuel, and both the four-cylinder and V-6 team with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Apple CarPlay technology for integrating iPhone capabilities has been added to the standard Cadillac User Experience multimedia system. Android Auto capability is due later in the model year. A surround-view camera system is now available.

Significant Standard Features

  • 268-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Power front seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hot-spot capability (data subscription required)
  • CUE multimedia system with 8-inch touch-screen, three USB ports, an SD card slot and MP3 jack
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Backup camera
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 335-hp, 3.6-liter V-6
  • 420-hp, twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 (V-Sport)
  • All-wheel drive
  • Adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED accents
  • Power sunroof
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Navigation system
  • Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension
  • Front and rear automatic braking, forward collision warning
  • Surround-view camera system
  • Lane-keeping system

Latest 2016 CTS Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Great car

by JoelA from New Jersey on March 18, 2018

I bought this car as an upgrade from a Cadillac ATS. Besides looking great, it drives wonderfully. The car handles great, is fast and amazingly comfortable. The 3.6 liter V6 gets pretty good gas ... Read full review

(4.0)

VERY SATISFIED WITH THIS CAR.

by BOBTEL from MAHOPAC, N.Y. on February 1, 2018

DO NOT LIKE THE FACT THAT I CAN HEAR THE ENGINE , SOUND PROOFING, OR ENGINE SHOULD BE IMPROVED. DASHBOARD CONTROLS ARE CONFUSING COULD BE MORE USER FRIENDLY. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Cadillac CTS currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Cadillac CTS 2.0L Turbo Standard

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

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
acceptable
Lower leg/foot
marginal
Overall evaluation
marginal
Retraints and dummy kinematics
good
Structure and safety cage
marginal

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

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

Other

Roof Strength
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

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
acceptable
Lower Leg/Foot
marginal
Overall Evaluation
marginal
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
marginal
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