A great luxury sports sedan.
February 7, 2019
A few years back I finally reached a point in my life that allowed me to have a luxury sports sedan. I looked at BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Lincoln, Chrysler, and Cadillac. I did a lot of research and found that the CTS was very comparable in performance and a little less in price compared to the Germans. Lincoln and Chrysler did not offer the sport and refinement I was looking for. Also, where I live, there are no German brand dealers nearby.
I bought a CTS performance edition with the 3.6 liter engine. It is so much fun to drive. Acceleration is good, but the handling is what really stands out: the communicative steering, the brakes that don't quit, and a suspension that keeps those tires on the road. Curvy roads are welcome and I look for them whenever possible. It was especially fun keeping up with an Audi TT on winding Wisconsin roads a couple summers ago. The TT was not driving "normally" so I think we were both having fun. Of course, driving like that does wear out tires faster than normal and I've had to replace wheel bearings (under warranty).
It fits me and my wife, son, and daughter (until she graduated and moved out on her own) very comfortably. The back seat is a little tight, but still comfortable. The trunk is a little smallish, but in this category, that's not unusual. It also works well as a cruiser. It is quiet and tackles imperfections in the road with grace. The Bose system sounds great when it's down low or turned up higher than my wife likes. There's also plenty of tech for a 2013 automobile.
Reliability has not been an issue. I had repairs done on the sunroof seal when it starting leaking (again, under warranty) and there were the wheel bearings. There have been minor electrical glitches like the compass being off. Doing a few tight laps in the mostly empty KMart parking lot fixed that. Sometimes there will be no sound from the stereo. Changing sources fixes that. A couple times there has been a "have tire monitoring system checked" warning that is cleared by shutting off the car and turning it back on. But those things are minor and don't require visits to the service department.
Bottom line is that this car is a reliable luxury sports sedan that does the sport part and family carrier part very well. I recommend it for anyone looking to fill either or both of those roles.