Now that Cadillac has the ATS, the CTS is free to become the midsize luxury sedan we always new it could be. The new CTS is larger and more luxurious for 2014.
But it's not just the 2014 CTS's measurements that make it more compelling. Under the hood, the current model's base 3.0-liter V6 engine has been replaced by a relatively fuel-efficient (19/30 mpg with rear-wheel drive) turbocharged 4-cylinder that also cranks out a healthy 272 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The mid-level option for 2014 is the familiar 3.6-liter V6, now rated at 321 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. At the top (at least until the next CTS-V is unveiled) is the 2014 CTS Vsport with its all-new twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6, a powerhouse motor that produces 420 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque through an updated 8-speed automatic transmission. Note that all-wheel drive is optional on every CTS except the Vsport.
Naturally, a new CTS-V is on the way, but we'll have to wait a year or two for Cadillac to iron out the details.
Inside, the CTS gets upgraded materials, a sleeker dashboard, and Cadillac's CUE infotainment system, which features a tablet-like 8-inch touch-screen with a wide-range of connectivity features. One nifty available gadget is the new 12.3-inch color information display, which slots in below the gauges in front of the driver.
We're guessing the larger, more luxurious CTS will mean a heftier price tag; expect the CTS to be a $50,000 car when popular options are added.