Unique and tasteful styling; strong engine lineup; precise handling and braking; uproariously powerful and fun CTS-V
Run-flat tires deliver a rather harsh ride; front seats are a bit snug; CUE can sometimes be frustrating to use
For 2017, the Cadillac CTS gets a revised front grille and rear fascia design, although the changes are admittedly difficult to notice. More noteworthy, then, is the revised trim level structure for 2017, along with the rear camera mirror first seen on the CT6. See the 2017 Cadillac CTS models for sale near you
While we appreciate the 2.0-liter engine's punch, we think the 3.6-liter V6 delivers the best combination of performance, comfort and economy. The Luxury 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 budgets. In that case, the V-Sport is an excellent consolation prize. Find a Cadillac CTS for sale
The 2017 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 ($45,600) 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, keyless start, 8-way power front seats with memory settings, simulated leather upholstery, OnStar with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, the 8-in CUE 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, a power-adjustable heated steering wheel and split-folding rear seat backs.
All of those options are included or supplanted on the CTS Luxury ($51,300), which further adds a panoramic sunroof, xenon headlights and the Driver Awareness package, which includes forward-collision warning, blind spot monitoring, lane-departure warning and rear cross-traffic alert systems. The 3.6-liter V6 can be had with the Luxury trim level.
The Premium Luxury trim ($58,800) adds 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 items with automatic braking and collision mitigation as well as adaptive cruise control. The 3.6-liter V6 is standard.
The V-Sport ($60,300) gains a twin-turbo V6 plus a variety of other performance enhancements (sport-tuned steering and 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 ($70,430) essentially adds all the extras from the regular Premium Luxury trim level.
Finally, there's the CTS-V ($85,600). 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 stand-alone 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.
|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||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2017 Audi A6 --The A6 won't perform like the CTS, but its ride is smoother and its interior is more spacious and of a higher quality.
2017 BMW 5 Series -- The BMW 5 Series offers excellent performance, a lot of engine options and the all-important BMW name. The CTS costs less when comparably equipped and gets better fuel economy. The 5 Series is also set to be replaced next year.
2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class -- The redesigned Mercedes-Benz E-Class is an exquisitely luxurious sedan that challenges its S-Class big brother for opulence and refinement. Its new E63 AMG variant should definitely challenge the CTS-V for performance supremacy.
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.