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2019 Cadillac CTS

Original MSRP Range
$46,995--$86,995
Available Style(s)
Sedan
MPG
14--22 MPG City / 21--30 MPG Hwy
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2019 Cadillac CTS

What We Like

 

  • Unique and tasteful styling
  • Strong engine lineup
  • Precise handling and braking
  • Uproariously powerful and fun CTS-V

What We Don't

 

  • Run-flat tires deliver a rather harsh ride
  • Front seats are a bit snug
  • Interior lacks the polish of most rivals

 

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.2/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.8/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2019 Cadillac CTS?

Only changes for 2019 involve exterior-paint colors, including the addition of Wave Metallic colors.

Which CTS is the Best?

Because the CTS isn't the most popular of luxury sedans, you can often find it heavily discounted; consequently, look to get the most CTS you can for the money. Specifically, keep an eye out for a V6-powered version. We appreciate the base 2.0-liter's punch, but a Cadillac will forever be better with a meatier engine. And if you can swing the CTS-V, go for it. Find a Cadillac CTS for sale

How Much Does a 2019 Cadillac CTS Cost?

The 2019 Cadillac CTS is available in five regular trim levels -- the base, Luxury, Premium Luxury, V-Sport and V-Sport Premium Luxury -- plus the high-performance CTS-V. Note that not every engine is available in every trim level. Prices include factory delivery charge.

The base CTS ($47,990) comes only with the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder as well as standard 17-in wheels, advanced Brembo front brakes, rear parking sensors, a backup camera, proximity entry and push-button start, 8-way power front seats with memory settings, simulated leather upholstery, OnStar emergency communications, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Cadillac's 8-in touchscreen interface, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, three USB ports and an 11-speaker Bose sound system. Options include heated and ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, a navigation system, a sunroof, split-folding rear seat backs and a power-adjustable steering wheel with an automatic heating function.

All of those options are included or supplanted on the CTS Luxury ($53,690), which further adds a panoramic sunroof, xenon headlights and the Driver Awareness package, which includes forward-collision warning, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems, along with lane-keeping assist and automatic wipers. The 3.6-liter V6 can be had with the Luxury trim level.

The Premium Luxury trim ($61,190) adds the 3.6-liter V6 as standard plus 18-in wheels, a magnetically controlled adaptive suspension, a head-up display, a surround-view parking camera, a self-parking system, tri-zone climate control, heated rear seats, Cadillac's special rear-camera mirror, rear sunshades (power rear) and the availability of different interior color combinations. The Premium Luxury trim's Driver Assist package bolsters its standard Driver Awareness items with forward and reverse automatic emergency braking, automatic safety-belt tightening and adaptive cruise control.

The V-Sport ($62,690) gains a twin-turbo V6 plus a variety of other performance enhancements (sport-tuned steering and a magnetic suspension, upgraded Brembo brakes, summer tires, an electronic limited-slip differential and a special Track mode for performance driving). It's otherwise equipped similarly to the Luxury, apart from its standard self-parking system and the unavailability of a sunroof.

The V-Sport Premium Luxury ($72,790) essentially adds all the extras from the regular Premium Luxury trim level.

Finally, there's the CTS-V ($89,290). It essentially builds upon the V-Sport's content with a supercharged V8 and an even higher pedigree of performance elements. It too can have most of the Premium Luxury's items, although they're available through a mix of packages and standalone options. You can also specify special Recaro sport seats and a Carbon Fiber package, which adds a variety of carbon-fiber elements to the exterior.

CTS Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
CTS Sedan 4dr Sdn 2.0L Turbo AWD$48,995 / $46,5454 Cylinder Turbo26521 / 298-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
CTS Sedan 4dr Sdn 2.0L Turbo Luxury AWD$54,695 / $51,9604 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder26521 / 298-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
CTS Sedan 4dr Sdn 2.0L Turbo Luxury RWD$52,695 / $50,0604 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder26522 / 308-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
CTS Sedan 4dr Sdn 2.0L Turbo RWD$46,995 / $44,6454 Cylinder Turbo26522 / 308-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
CTS Sedan 4dr Sdn 3.6L Luxury AWD$56,695 / $53,8604 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder33518 / 268-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
CTS Sedan 4dr Sdn 3.6L Luxury RWD$54,695 / $51,9604 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder33519 / 298-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
CTS Sedan 4dr Sdn 3.6L Premium Luxury AWD$62,195 / $59,0856 Cylinder33518 / 268-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
CTS Sedan 4dr Sdn 3.6L Premium Luxury RWD$60,195 / $57,1856 Cylinder33519 / 298-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
CTS Sedan 4dr Sdn 3.6L Twin Turbo V-Sport Premium Luxury RWD$71,795 / $68,2056 Cylinder Turbo42016 / 248-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
CTS Sedan 4dr Sdn 3.6L Twin Turbo V-Sport RWD$61,695 / $58,6106 Cylinder Turbo42016 / 248-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
CTS-V Sedan 4dr Sdn$86,995 / $82,6458 Cylinder Supercharged64014 / 218-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Safety

Is the 2019 Cadillac CTS a Safe Car?

The Cadillac CTS comes standard with a full complement of safety equipment, including electronic traction and stability control, side curtain airbags and a backup camera. All but the base trim comes standard with forward-collision warning, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems, as well as a lane-keeping assist system. The Premium Luxury trims enhance these features with forward and reverse automatic emergency braking.

In crash tests carried out by the federal government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the CTS earned a perfect 5-star rating in all categories, including rollover. The CTS-V scored slightly lower, with 4-star overall and frontal ratings. The nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it the best possible rating of Good in most crash tests, but it only the received a Marginal rating (third best of four) in the small-overlap front crash test. It also got a Poor headlight rating. Its forward-collision warning and automatic braking systems received a rating of Superior.

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5 Year Cost to Own

$68,180 ($0.91 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own
Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain6 Years/70,000 Miles
Corrosion4 Years/50,000 Miles
Rust-Through6 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance6 Years/70,000 Miles
Maintenance1 Year/1 Visit

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Body Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • HID Headlights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Driver Awareness Pkg
  • Seating Pkg
  • V-Sport Pkg
  • Summer/Winter Floor Mats Pkg
  • All Weather Mat Protection Pkg
  • Battery Protection Pkg

Competition

2019 Cadillac CTS vs the competition

2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class -- All-new last year and with additional models being introduced this year, the E-Class is an exquisitely luxurious sedan that challenges its S-Class big brother for opulence and refinement. Its AMG E 43 and E 63 S variants are key challengers to the CTS' performance variants, but are pricier.

2019 Lincoln Continental -- The other midsize American luxury sedan. The Continental may boast an available 400-hp engine, but unlike the CTS, it has no performance pretenses. It's about luxury first, and although far from perfect, it may make more sense for those looking for a more traditional luxury-sedan experience.

2019 Volvo S90 -- For those looking for a luxury sedan that provides a tasteful appearance, comfortable ride and a stylish, impeccably crafted cabin, the Volvo S90 needs to be considered. It's specifically not trying to be a performance machine, and should be a better choice for many as a result.

Used Cadillac CT6 -- The CT6 is Cadillac's bigger, more luxurious and generally more advanced luxury sedan. Apart from the CTS-V, it's generally superior to the CTS. It costs more new, though, so considering a used one is recommended.

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