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Cadillac CTS

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Until the arrival of the CTS in 2003, the sharply tailored 1976 Cadillac Seville was Cadillac’s smallest sedan -- and its most expensive. Arguably, it could be called a modern-day classic, but Cadillac’s subsequent attempts at small entry-level models have not been as well-received. The 1982 Cimarron (based on the humble Chevrolet Cavalier) and 1997 Catera (a tweaked Opel Omega from Germany) are probably best forgotten. For 2003, the new CTS’ design targeted well-established rivals like the BMW 3 Series with sharp-edged styling that caught people’s attention. Its interior quality, appearance and ergonomics, however, disappointed. A more refined second-generation CTS sedan was introduced in 2008, with a stylish wagon and a slippery two-door coupe eventually rounding out the lineup. The current Cadillac CTS arrived as a 2014 model, available only as a sedan. It has evolved into a larger, more expensive car since Cadillac’s ATS assumed the brand’s entry-level position.

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2014–2019 CTS

Redesigned in 2014

A longer, lower and pricier CTS sedan was introduced as a 2014 model, but 2013-style coupes, wagons and high-performance CTS-V models remained on sale for a while as 2014 models. The Cadillac User Experience voice-activated and touchscreen-controlled interface was new, and buyers could choose between a V-6 and a four-cylinder turbo, as well as rear- or all-wheel drive. A new V-Sport trim had a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine, while the redesigned CTS-V that debuted in 2016 had a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 good for 640 horsepower.

  • MSRP Range $46,995–$71,795
  • Consumer Rating Not yet rated
  • Combined MPG 19-25
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

  • MSRP Range $46,495–$71,295
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 15 reviews
  • Combined MPG 19-25
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2018
  • 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
  • MSRP Range $24,526–$63,171
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 22 reviews
  • Combined MPG 18-25
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2017
  • 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
  • Current List Price $22,243–$37,695
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 20 reviews
  • Combined MPG 19-25
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2016
  • 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
  • Current List Price $18,398–$33,730
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.9) 19 reviews
  • Combined MPG 18-24
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2015
  • 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
  • Current List Price $10,826–$37,114
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 72 reviews
  • Combined MPG 18-23
  • Body Styles:

    Coupe, Sedan, Wagon

Notable Features in 2014
  • Complete redesign
  • Longer, lower and wider than vehicle it replaces
  • New engines and transmissions
  • Significant use of aluminum to save weight

2008–2013 CTS

Redesigned in 2008

A redesigned CTS sedan arrived for 2008 with a new all-wheel-drive option. A CTS wagon was introduced as a 2010 model, and a swoopy two-door coupe was added the next year. The muscular CTS-V returned in 2009 with a supercharged 556-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 engine. The speedy CTS-V was eventually available in all three CTS body styles.

  • Current List Price $4,592–$34,592
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.9) 47 reviews
  • Combined MPG 21-22
  • Body Styles:

    Coupe, Sedan, Wagon

Notable Features in 2013
  • Choice of V-6 engines
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Coupe, sedan or wagon body styles
  • High-performance supercharged V-8 in V-Series
  • Current List Price $1,951–$31,243
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 73 reviews
  • Combined MPG 21-22
  • Body Styles:

    Coupe, Sedan, Wagon

Notable Features in 2012
  • Choice of V-6 engines
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Coupe, sedan or wagon body styles
  • High-performance supercharged V-8 in V-Series
  • Newly standard Bluetooth cellphone connectivity
  • Current List Price $1,414–$29,642
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 82 reviews
  • Combined MPG 21-22
  • Body Styles:

    Coupe, Sedan, Wagon

Notable Features in 2011
  • New coupe joins sedan and wagon
  • New fender vent design
  • Backup camera with or without navigation system
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Optional AWD
  • Brembo brakes (V-Series)
  • Current List Price $2,912–$20,528
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 61 reviews
  • Combined MPG 21-22
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan, Wagon

Notable Features in 2010
  • New wagon version
  • New 3.0-liter base V-6
  • Optional AWD
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • 556-hp CTS-V
  • Current List Price $16–$22,544
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 52 reviews
  • Combined MPG 20-21
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2009
  • Available AWD
  • Choice of suspensions
  • Available real-time traffic reports
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Remote start
  • Current List Price $4,361–$13,521
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 72 reviews
  • Combined MPG 20-21
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2008
  • Complete redesign for 2008
  • New all-wheel-drive option
  • Two V-6 engines
  • Swiveling headlights
  • Remote start

2003–2007 CTS

Redesigned in 2003

The 2003 Cadillac CTS arrived as a new entry-level rear-drive sedan from the traditional American luxury brand. It introduced Cadillac’s so-called “Art & Science” design language, marked by chiseled styling that truly looked unique. The 2003 CTS had a 3.2-liter V-6 engine, but the new-for-2004 high-performance CTS-V got a 400-hp, 5.7-liter V-8 engine and racier styling.

  • Current List Price $2,125–$10,521
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 40 reviews
  • Combined MPG 21-22
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2007
  • Choice of two V-6s (CTS)
  • Manual or automatic (CTS)
  • Ultra-performance 400-hp V-8 (CTS-V)
  • Chiseled styling theme
  • Six airbags
  • Current List Price $1,727–$10,287
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 50 reviews
  • Combined MPG 21-22
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2006
  • Choice of two V-6s (CTS)
  • Manual or automatic (CTS)
  • Ultra-performance 400-hp CTS-V
  • Chiseled styling theme
  • Six airbags
Notable Features in 2005
  • 255-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 (CTS)
  • New 210-hp entry-level model (CTS)
  • Ultra-performance 400-hp CTS-V
  • Chiseled styling theme
  • Six airbags
Notable Features in 2004
  • New 260-hp, 3.6-liter V-6
  • New ultra-performance CTS-V
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Chiseled styling theme
  • Six airbags
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