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2010 Cadillac CTS

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2010 Cadillac CTS Review

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When GM set out in the late 1990s to resurrect its once-proud Cadillac brand, the public process began with Evoq, the 1999 stealth-fighter concept sports car that eventually evolved into the production 2004 XLR. But the 2003 all-new "entry luxury" CTS Sedan brought this new Cadillac look and personality to market first. Its "Art and Science" theme was a bold blend of space-age style and technology, and its edgy styling was polarizing – some liked it, some didn't. But it delivered the right stuff in performance, features and road dynamics, while only its austere interior caught critical flack. For 2010, Cadillac continues to improve the formula, bringing a CTS Sedan to market that has won rave reviews from critics and customers alike.

You'll Like This Car If...

Cadillac was once the "Standard of the World," which was more than an advertising slogan. The competition is much deeper, wider and stronger today, but if you would like an unassailable reason to own, enjoy and be proud of a Cadillac again, this is it

You May Not Like This Car If...

If nothing short of an import luxury brand will do, there are many fine alternatives from the likes of BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Jaguar, Lexus and Infiniti.

What's New for 2010

A fuel-saving 3.0-liter gasoline direct injection V6 is now the CTS' standard engine. New features include an air filtration unit with automatic cabin odor filtration and available 19-inch polished aluminum wheels. Later in the model year, a wagon version will join the CTS lineup (reviewed separately).

Driving the CTS
Driving Impressions

Our extensive CTS driving experience began on a California race track and extended through many twisty two-lanes, fast freeways, urban congestion and mixed-speed suburban sprawl, most of it in a...

... performance-package model with the strong-performing 304-horsepower V6. We expected the trade-off for its responsive steering, world-class road-holding and powerful braking to be an uncomfortably stiff rough-surface ride but found its suspension surprisingly supple even on the most troubled surfaces. We loved the posh, quiet cabin's cheerfully luxurious design, the multi-adjustable seats were uncommonly comfortable over the long haul and every control was easy to see, find and operate. This fine new midsize Cadillac can compete on equal terms with anything in its class.

Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround Sound
Surrealistic sound with 40-gig hard drive and iPod integration. It will download and store your CD collection and operate your iPod from the pop-up touch screen.

Advanced Navigation System
Offers real-time traffic and weather, expanded voice prompts and 3-D imaging of major landmarks. While its large center dash-top touch screen pops up fully on demand, the top portion peeks out to display key information even when stored.

2010 Cadillac CTS Details
2010 Cadillac CTS photo Interior

The 2010 CTS imparts a dramatically different interior design theme for Cadillac, with emphasis on tasteful ornamentation and hand-crafted details. The instruments, vents and other elements are framed in chrome, the center stack blends seamlessly into the lower instrument panel and console and hand-cut, hand-sewn and hand-wrapped coverings with French stitching are used throughout. The heated and ventilated front seats use "thin-seat" technology for improved rear leg, knee and foot room. Available soft, white LED backlighting in the door-pulls, footwells and between the upper and lower instrument panels creates an effect similar to recessed lighting in contemporary homes.

Exterior
2010 Cadillac CTS photo

The defined look of the 2010 Cadillac CTS is characterized by a bold two-segment grille, chrome side air extractors and sculpted fenders emphasizing its wider tracks and more athletic chassis. Flanking the lower grille, below the vertical headlamps, are chromed wrap-around slots for additional air intakes and fog lamps. The fast-sloping roofline is nearly coupe-like in profile, the large vertical taillamps refine Cadillac's recent practice, the trunk-top center brake light doubles as an aerodynamic spoiler and an available double sunroof offers an open-sky view for both front and rear passengers.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base CTS is powered by a 270-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 driving through a six-speed manual transmission and rolls on all-season tires on 17-inch aluminum wheels. Inside its cabin are dual-zone climate controls, an eight-way power driver's seat, a Driver Information Center, a rear-seat/trunk pass-through and an eight-speaker AM/FM/CD Bose audio system with SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio and MP3 capability. Standard safety and security equipment includes advanced front, side and side-curtain airbags, Stabilitrak stability and traction control, daytime running lamps, Twilight Sentinel auto lamps, programmable power door locks, a theft-deterrent system and one year of OnStar security and convenience service with turn-by-turn navigation.

Optional Equipment

The available "Luxury Collection" package includes upgraded seats, sound system and additional luxury features. The "Performance Collection" adds 18-inch wheels and tires, FE2 Sport Suspension and High-Intensity Discharge headlamps with adaptive forward lighting, while the "Premium Collection" offers wood trim, a 10-speaker Bose 5.1 premium audio with a 40-gig hard drive and radio rewind and pause, iPod integration, GPS navigation and EasyKey keyless entry and ignition. Major stand-alone options include a six-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, Ultraview roof, Bose premium audio (with or without navigation), the FE2 Sport Suspension and FE3 Performance Suspension on high-performance "summer" tires.

Under the Hood

The 2010 CTS offers two levels of 24-valve, direct-injection, double-overhead-cam, variable-valve-timing V6 power. The standard 3.0-liter V6 is good for 270 horsepower, while the optional 3.6-liter engine pushes output to an impressive 304 horsepower. The 3.0-liter comes standard with a six-speed manual, while a six-speed automatic is optional. Cars with all-wheel drive can only be equipped with the automatic transmission..

3.0-liter V6
270horsepower @ 7000 rpm
223 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 (automatic, RWD), 18/26 (AWD)

3.6-liter V6
304 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
273 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 (automatic), 16/25 (manual)

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2010 Cadillac CTS Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 344 Ratings for the 2008 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Great Style and Quality but poor gas mileage

By on Saturday, July 9, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Style,Quality"

Cons: "Gas MPG"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Drive 70% highway and was expecting to average 22.0 MPG but I average 19.5 [sticker states 21.0 MPG average]. Even on a long highway trip I was 2-3 MPG lower than expected."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Superb vehicle. Outclasses all luxo imports

By on Thursday, June 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "A joy to drive. Rides better with defenders"

Cons: "Wife drives it more than I do! :-)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Original tires went better than 50K miles. Replaced with Mich Defenders. Great improvement in ride and handling. Have kept oil changed as necessary per computer. Royal Purple lasts longer. The car is a superior performer and has probably made me a Cadillac man for life. GM and USA has every reason to be proud of this car. Never skimp on oil or filter. Royal Purple or Mobile 1, no others should be considered. Replaced brake pads at 50K. Not needed but preventive. Akebono OEM. The rotors were in beautiful shape. Pads, by measurement were only 1/4 worn."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Love it

By on Tuesday, April 19, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 49,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Performance, daily driving, Recarro seat"

Cons: "Fuel mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"There simply isn't another car that combines this level of daily driveability with performance at the price. To make it a year-round driver, I bought a set of winter tires, using the Bridgestone Blizzaks (same size on all 4), and it handles the Pacific Northwest winter as well as any other sedan. The 50/50 weighting and traction control allow you to drive in any snow that you'd take any other typical sedan. And then in summer months, the V8 is smooth and predictable. The insane power is there only when you need it."

10 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Best driving car ever.

By on Thursday, February 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Best car I have ever owened, and I have had five"

Cons: "I'am not finding any thing yet."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car is a pleasure to drive. I think you can drive this car all day up to eighteen hours and more and get out as good as when you got in."

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

225k and still going strong

By on Friday, December 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 225,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun, reliable"

Cons: "Little interior storage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Bought the car in 2010 from my father in law with 88k miles. It has been a great car. Had to replace all four bearing assemblies (1 twice). This seems to be the only thing that goes bad for mine. It is starting to produce a little rust around the wheel wells but still cleans up quite well. The inside (very little storage space) still cleans up like new."

26 people out of 39 found this review helpful

Sporty and Classy!

By on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great looking car; handles well!"

Cons: "Poor rear view visibility"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have leased this car for the past 34 months and have decided to buy it at the end of the lease. GM discontinued making the Cadillac CTS coupe last year (for whatever reason). I truly love this car and have enjoyed driving it the entire time. I have gotten many compliments, from both young and old, and don't want to give up the sporty, but classy look this car has. The car handles well on the road and has good performance. Maybe GM will decide to re-manufacture this car in the near future!!"

13 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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