Stylish alternative to foreign performance cars
March 9, 2019
I needed to replace my Audi, and wanted to buy American. Though the example I found was 6 years old at the time (2012 model), it was a perfect example of the CTS-4 coupe with the performance package, with 13,800 miles. The styling is great, the features are terrific, it is a comfortable performance coupe/grand touring car. The negatives? I would like more power (my dream would be to have a CTS-V coupe, with the V-8 and stick -and with AWD for all season performance -but they never built it). I would like a stick (not available in the CTS-4). As a coupe, the back seat is minimal, and entry/exit is difficult. Thankfully it is not used often. The trunk is good sized, with a good sized opening. The problem that you soon find is that 25% of the trunk is unusable because of the arms on the trunk hinges taking up a GREAT deal of space as the trunk lid is closed. You have to carefully stack items in the center of the trunk to avoid these zones -only to have the contents tumble into this zone when you open the trunk, requiring you to re-arrange things before closing it again. I never liked the grille design on the CTS, preferring the wire mesh grille of the CTS-V. Due to a different fascia, it is not a bolt-on exchange. I found an aftermarket company that makes a CTS-V style set of grilles (upper and lower) that are designed for the regular CTS. I am much happier with the front end styling with these in place.
Overall, a stylish performance car that turns heads. A great car for long trips, but still fun on twisty roads. The AWD gives you performance in all conditions. And, after a number of foreign cars, it is nice that your local GM dealer or corner garage can service it for a reasonable price.