2017 Cadillac CTS

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Key Specs

of the 2017 Cadillac CTS. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    18-25 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 engines
  • Stylish interior design
  • Interior materials quality

The Bad

  • Backseat headroom is tight
  • Cadillac User Experience system's learning curve
  • Rear visibility
  • Small trunk

Notable Features of the 2017 Cadillac CTS

  • Revised grille design
  • Rear camera mirror available
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto smartphone connectivity
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Performance-oriented V-Sport and CTS-V versions available

2017 Cadillac CTS Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The CTS is Cadillac's midsize luxury sedan and is offered with rear- or all-wheel drive. Three engines are offered: a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, a 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. Cadillac also sells a high-performance CTS-V sport sedan.

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New for 2017
The CTS' front grille and rear styling has been updated, and a rear camera mirror is now available. A new Carbon Black Sport Package includes a black-chrome grille, dark-finish wheels, a rear spoiler, carbon-fiber cabin trim and performance or available Recaro-brand front seats.
Significant Standard Features

  • 268-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Power front seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hot spot capability (data subscription required)
  • Cadillac User Experience multimedia system with 8-inch touch-screen, three USB ports, an SD card slot and MP3 jack
  • Wireless smartphone 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 moonroof
  • Leather upho...
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The CTS is Cadillac's midsize luxury sedan and is offered with rear- or all-wheel drive. Three engines are offered: a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, a 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. Cadillac also sells a high-performance CTS-V sport sedan.

(Skip to details on the CTS-V)
New for 2017
The CTS' front grille and rear styling has been updated, and a rear camera mirror is now available. A new Carbon Black Sport Package includes a black-chrome grille, dark-finish wheels, a rear spoiler, carbon-fiber cabin trim and performance or available Recaro-brand front seats.
Significant Standard Features

  • 268-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Power front seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hot spot capability (data subscription required)
  • Cadillac User Experience multimedia system with 8-inch touch-screen, three USB ports, an SD card slot and MP3 jack
  • Wireless smartphone 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 moonroof
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Navigation system
  • Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Front and rear automatic braking, forward collision warning
  • Surround-view camera system
  • Lane keeping system

CTS-V
The Cadillac CTS-V is designed to go head-to-head with high-powered German sport sedans. It builds on the already lightweight, sophisticated platform of the CTS luxury sedan and is powered by a 640-hp, supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine.
What's Special

  • New Carbon Black Sport Package features a black-chrome grille, dark-finish wheels, carbon-fiber exterior trim, carbon-fiber cabin trim, suede trim for the steering wheel and shifter, and performance or available Recaro-brand front seats
  • Rear camera mirror available
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and a 200-mph top speed, according to Cadillac
  • High-performance Brembo-brand brakes
  • Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension
  • Carbon-fiber hood
  • Performance Traction Management drive modes
  • Available Performance Data Recorder

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Latest 2017 CTS Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.0)

What Drivers Are Saying

(1.0)

Lemon

by Slimmer from Great Neck New York on September 30, 2018

Electronic system (radio/ HVAC/rear view camera) have not worked properly for 16 months and still not repaired. Have had it in for servicing more than 6 times. Claim need a technician from GM to come ... Read full review

(5.0)

This is a great vehicle

by Tyus from Dayton, Ohio on July 19, 2018

The vehicle is every thing that I want in a vehicle. I am very pleased with all the extra whistles and bell. The car provides me with the availability to meet all my job requirements. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 Cadillac CTS currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 Cadillac CTS 2.0L Turbo Base

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

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
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 Warranties

Backed 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 warranty

    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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