Bold styling; strong engine lineup; stunning interior detail; more rear-seat legroom; precise handling and braking
Run-flat tires deliver a rather harsh ride; front seats are a bit snug; CUE can sometimes be frustrating to use
The biggest update for 2016 is the return of the high-performance CTS-V, which now offers a ridiculous 640 hp. Other changes include a revised version of the sedan's 3.6-liter engine, along with a standard backup camera, a newly available 360-degree parking camera, and an improved infotainment system that features Apple CarPlay and eventually Android Auto.
While we appreciate the 2.0-liter engine's punch, we think the 3.6 V6 with the 8-speed transmission delivers the best combination of performance, comfort and economy. The Premium trim is the best equipped and probably what most Cadillac buyers will want. Performance enthusiasts, however, should look no further than the CTS-V -- unless its $85,000 price tag doesn't fit into their budget. In that case, the V-Sport is an excellent consolation prize. Find a Cadillac CTS for sale
The CTS 2.0 is offered in base, Luxury, Premium and Performance trims. The 3.6 only offers Luxury, Premium and Performance. You can get the V-Sport in V-Sport or Premium trims, while the CTS-V only offers one model.
The base CTS 2.0 ($46,600) includes Cadillac's CUE connectivity and control system with an 8-inch touchscreen, 11-speaker Bose premium audio, dual-zone automatic climate control, selectable drive mode control, GM's OnStar system with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, a remote engine starter, Bluetooth, keyless access with push-button starting, a 6-speed automatic transmission, leatherette upholstery, 8-way power front seats with 4-way power lumbar support, a backup camera, steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, Active Aero grille slats, rear park assist, 17-in painted aluminum wheels, OnStar with voice-guidance navigation (requires subscription) and automatic headlights.
The CTS 2.0 Luxury ($52,300) adds leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a 13-speaker Bose stereo, a navigation system, a panoramic sunroof, lane-keep assist, a blind spot monitoring system and rear cross-traffic alert.
The CTS 2.0 Performance ($57,300) adds GM's excellent magnetic ride control system, 18-in alloy wheels with run-flat tires, a heads-up display, the new 360-degree parking camera, automatic parking assist for parallel and perpendicular spaces, a power rear sunshade, manual rear-side sunshades, tri-zone automatic climate control and heated rear seats.
The CTS 2.0 Premium ($61,700) adds 20-way adjustable front seats, a reconfigurable gauge cluster, adaptive cruise control, front and rear automated braking, and automatic pre-collision seat belt tightening.
The CTS 3.6 Luxury ($54,300), 3.6 Performance ($59,300), and 3.6 Premium ($63,700) include the same equipment as their 2.0-liter counterparts, but substitute the 3.6-liter V6 for the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder.
The CTS V-Sport ($61,000) is based on the Performance model, but adds the 420-hp twin-turbocharged engine, along with sport suspension, sportier steering, wider wheels and tires, Brembo brakes, wireless cell phone charging, a driver-selectable Track mode and an electronic limited-slip rear differential.
The CTS V-Sport Premium ($71,000) has all the V-Sport upgrades, plus much of the same luxury equipment as other Premium models.
Finally, the CTS-V ($85,000) comes in only one trim level, which adds the 640-hp supercharged V8 engine and a host of exterior upgrades that distinguish it from lesser CTS models.
Optional equipment varies by trim. Some packages are included as standard on upper level trims. Options include navigation, HID adaptive headlamps, lane-departure warning, a blind spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert, heated rear seats, a heads-up display, 19-in wheels and 20-way power front sport seats. All-wheel drive is available on all trims but the V-Sport and CTS-V, which come standard with rear-wheel drive.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Maintenance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
2016 Audi A6 --The A6 won't perform like the CTS, but its ride is smoother and its interior more spacious and appealing. There's also a diesel model that gets great fuel economy.
2016 Lexus GS -- The GS doesn't offer the same razor-sharp handling or power as the CTS, and its interior is somewhat generic. But the GS offers a hybrid model, and its resale values are still near the top of the charts.
Used BMW 7 Series -- If you like the CTS's combination of luxury and sport but want a larger car with a more luxurious ride, the BMW 7 Series might be for you. Prices are steep, though, so you may want to consider a used model.