2018 Cadillac CTS

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$46,495–$71,295 MSRP range
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Key Specs

of the 2018 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 engines
  • Stylish interior design
  • Interior materials quality

The Bad

  • Backseat headroom is tight
  • CUE system's learning curve
  • Rear visibility
  • Small trunk

Notable Features of the 2018 Cadillac CTS

  • Apple Watch integration for myCadillac app
  • Rear camera mirror available
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto connectivity
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Performance-oriented V-Sport and CTS-V versions available

2018 Cadillac CTS Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The CTS is Cadillac's mid-size 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 sports sedan.

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New for 2018

An automatic heated steering wheel is now standard and there are two additional USB ports located on the back of the center console. The myCadillac app for iOS devices now syncs with the Apple Watch.

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-horsepower, supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine.

What's Special

  • 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
  • Adaptive Magnetic Ride Control suspension
  • Carbon-fiber hood
  • Performance Traction Management drive modes
  • Available Performance Data Recorder

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Vehicle Overview

What it is: The CTS is Cadillac's mid-size 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 sports sedan.

(Skip to details on the CTS-V)

New for 2018

An automatic heated steering wheel is now standard and there are two additional USB ports located on the back of the center console. The myCadillac app for iOS devices now syncs with the Apple Watch.

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-horsepower, supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine.

What's Special

  • 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
  • Adaptive Magnetic Ride Control suspension
  • Carbon-fiber hood
  • Performance Traction Management drive modes
  • Available Performance Data Recorder

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Nice style

by Cad daddy from Detroit,Michigan on August 15, 2018

I like the ride ,wish there was more leg room in the rear . The styling is great,classy. I enjoy the Cadillac family of cars Read full review

(5.0)

Most luxurious car I?ve ever owned

by Teach3 on August 12, 2018

This car has plenty of leg room. It handles well. Very nice features such as back up camera, heated and cooling seats, all wheel drive and turbo. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 Cadillac CTS currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 Cadillac CTS has not been tested.

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.

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