By Cars.com EditorsJune 10, 2015
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Editor's note: This review was done in August 2013 about the 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport. Little of substance has changed with this year's model.
This Cars.com video shows a 2014 model that got very few changes for 2015. You can compare the two model years on Cars.com. Thanks for watching and enjoy the video. (energetic rock music) (brakes screeching) I'm Aaron Bragman for Cars.c
om, this is the 2014 Cadillac CTS V-Sport. It's an all new Cadillac CTS for 2014. New from the ground up, and General Motors invited us here to their proving grounds in Milford, Michigan, to get a firsthand look at the new model. We took it on the track. We took it around the block. Here's what we have to say about it. The CTS is all new for 2014, from the ground up. It's a brand new platform for the CTS. And, so while it may not look much like the old CTS, there are still some cues that carry over throughout the Cadillac family, such as these headlights. Check out these LED light pipes, they come almost all the way up to the top of the fender. Everything is longer, lower, and wider, and sets a very different stance for the CTS than the one it replaces. Styling down the side of the car is a little bit softer than we've seen in previous Cadillacs, in keeping for a world-market where it has to appeal to a lot of audiences. Right around here, we're seeing a lot of Mercedes Benz in the rear pillar, and the rear of the car is not quite as distinctive as the front of the car, but it's still very clean and very attractive. For 2014, the new CTS has three possible powertrains: Base engine will be a two liter turbocharged four-cylinder, you can move up to a 3.6 liter direct injected V6, or, in this car - the V-Sport, they have an option of a twin-turbo charged 3.6 liter V6, making 420 horsepower. The new lightweight chassis for the CTS really does make a difference. It handles extremely well, yet it's still very solid, very light. (car revving) So, you're asking yourself, "Why am I driving a car like a CTS, a Cadillac, on a road course?" And the answer is: Because you can drive one on a road course. The amount of technology and capability that Cadillac has built into the new CTS V-Sport, in particular, with a 420 horsepower, twin-turbo V6 engine, magnetic ride suspension, electronically control just about everything, turns this thing into an actual track monster. It's about 400 pounds less than a BMW 4.4 liter V8. And it is just a lot of fun. They actually pipe the noise from the engine through the speakers of the car, so that it sounds, well, like you can actually hear it. They've actually created a pretty extraordinary track out here. You'd never drive it like this in everyday driving, but you could, if you wanted to, and you'd enjoy it. For 2014, the new CTS has been updated inside and out, and inside, things are looking pretty good. It's much more spacious in here, even for a big guy like me. The material quality is very good, and we have some unusual features such as this: an electric cup-holder door. All you need to do is touch it lightly, and it opens and closes. Now that's luxury. As with all new Cadillacs, the 2014 CTS gets the Cadillac User Experience. It's their multimedia system, controlling everything from the audio, to the telephone, to navigation. It's a touch-panel system, which we're not too keen on, but in some Cadillacs, it works better than others. In the CTS, it seems to be pretty quick. Along with the Cadillac User Experience, we also have a reconfigurable gauge-cluster on the premium models. In the V-Sport model in particular, you can opt for a fancy gauge package that allows it to be reconfigurable as you like. There's also a heads-up display to accompany that, with all the information projected, basically, on the road in front of you. It can be as fancy or as simple as you like, as sporty or as traditional as suits your fancy. While the car is five inches longer than the previous CTS, the backseat is still pretty tight, especially when you opt for a sunroof. Both leg-room and head-room are fairly compromised. Cadillac has created a grown-up, sophisticated Sports Sedan in the new CTS. It's really quite impressive. It goes on sale right around the end of September, 2013, and it's going to cost about $46,000 for a base model, all the way up to just shy of $60,000 for a V-Sport, like you see here. For more information, and to research everything about the Cadillac CTS for 2014, visit Cars.com (car accelerating on gravel)