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2018 Cadillac CTS

Original MSRP Range
$46,495 - $86,495
Available Style(s)
Sedan
MPG
14 - 22 MPG City / 21 - 30 MPG Hwy
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2018 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 2018 Cadillac CTS?

Changes are light for the 2018 CTS. An additional pair of USB ports in the rear console bring the total standard number to three. The available heated steering wheel gains an automatic functionality, and owners with an Apple Watch can now operate various systems using the myCadillac mobile app. See the 2018 Cadillac CTS models for sale near you

Which CTS is the Best?

The CTS is often heavily discounted, the result of it not being the most popular luxury sedan. As such, 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, which is already a performance better, go for it.

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How Much Does a 2018 Cadillac CTS Cost?

The 2018 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.

The base CTS ($46,500) comes only with the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder as well as standard 17-inch 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 seatbacks and a power-adjustable steering wheel with an automatic heating function.

All of those options are included or supplanted on the CTS Luxury ($52,200), 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 ($59,700) 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 ($61,200) 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 ($71,300) essentially adds all the extras from the regular Premium Luxury trim level.

Finally, there's the CTS-V ($86,500). 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$48,495 / $46,0704 Cylinder Turbo26821 / 298-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
CTS Sedan 4dr Sdn 2.0L Turbo Luxury AWD$54,195 / $51,4854 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder26821 / 298-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
CTS Sedan 4dr Sdn 2.0L Turbo Luxury RWD$52,195 / $49,5854 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder26822 / 308-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
CTS Sedan 4dr Sdn 2.0L Turbo RWD$46,495 / $44,1704 Cylinder Turbo26822 / 308-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
CTS Sedan 4dr Sdn 3.6L Luxury AWD$56,195 / $53,3854 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder33519 / 278-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
CTS Sedan 4dr Sdn 3.6L Luxury RWD$54,195 / $51,4854 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder33520 / 308-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
CTS Sedan 4dr Sdn 3.6L Premium Luxury AWD$61,695 / $58,6106 Cylinder33519 / 278-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
CTS Sedan 4dr Sdn 3.6L Premium Luxury RWD$59,695 / $56,7106 Cylinder33520 / 308-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
CTS Sedan 4dr Sdn 3.6L Twin Turbo V-Sport Premium Luxury RWD$71,295 / $67,7306 Cylinder Turbo42016 / 248-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
CTS Sedan 4dr Sdn 3.6L Twin Turbo V-Sport RWD$61,195 / $58,1356 Cylinder Turbo42016 / 248-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
CTS-V Sedan 4dr Sdn$86,495 / $82,1708 Cylinder Supercharged64014 / 218-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Cadillac CTS Safety

Is the 2018 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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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
Maintenance3 Years/36,000 Miles

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
  • 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
  • Blind-Spot Alert
  • Carbon Fiber Interior
  • Power Trunk Release
  • Lane Departure Warning System

Competition

2018 Cadillac CTS vs the competition

2018 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.

2018 Lincoln Continental -- The other midsize American luxury sedan. The Continental may boast an available 400-horsepower 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.

2018 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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