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2012 Cadillac CTS

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2012 Cadillac CTS Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.6

Building upon Cadillac's commitment to reestablish its place as the world's standard of luxury, the 2012 CTS lineup aims to bring the fight directly to its European and Japanese competitors with a brand-new powerplant, additional standard equipment and a host of high-tech features. For 2012, variety is the name of the game. With sedan, coupe, and wagon models, high-performance CTS-V variants for each body style, and available all-wheel drive (AWD), the Cadillac CTS series is perhaps the most diverse nameplate in the luxury segment.

You'll Like This Car If...

Whether you are looking for a premium American car that stands out in the crowd or a luxurious ultra-high-performance vehicle, the CTS series will fulfill your wants and your needs.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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

What's New for 2012

2012 CTS models receive a new available 318-horsepower V6 engine, three new exterior colors (Black Diamond, Opulent Blue and Mocha Steel) and standard Bluetooth hands-free phone capability. The exterior colors are also available for the CTS-V models, as well as an available blind spot warning system for the coupe model.

Driving the CTS

Driving Impressions Through twisty two-lanes, fast freeways, urban congestion and mixed-speed suburban sprawl, we came to appreciate the 2012 Cadillac CTS' responsive steering, world-class roadholding and powerful brakes. Given its performance-based engineering...

one might expect a correspondingly firm ride, but we found the CTS' suspension surprisingly supple even on the most troubled surfaces. We loved the quiet cabin's luxurious design, and the multi-adjustable seats are uncommonly comfortable for long hauls. Who knew that a performance car - the CTS-V Sedan boasts a 3.9-second 0 to 60-mph time – could also provide a quiet, comfortable driving experience? The CTS-V's Magnetic Ride Control suspension system offers an impressive balance between race-inspired handling for the track and undisturbed ride quality for daily driving. The larger Cadillac CTS, however, lacks the agility of its BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C-Class competitors.

Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround Sound
This sound system boasts surrealistic sound with 40-gig hard drive and iPod integration. It will download and store your CD collection, and operate your iPod or other MP3 device from the concealed USB port.

Feature-Packed Navigation System
The 2012 CTS lineup's available navigation system offers real-time traffic and weather, advanced voice recognition, 3-D imaging of major landmarks and an 8-inch touch screen that pops up on demand.

2012 Cadillac CTS Details
Interior

Befitting a world-class luxury vehicle, the CTS' cabin is awash in high-quality materials – upholstered in faux leather or the real thing depending on the trim level you choose – and state-of-the-art technology. The dash is wrapped in elegant, French-stitched soft-touch material accompanied by warm wood accents and metallic trim. The available navigation display retreats into the dash, but leaves about an inch of exposed screen that serves as the audio system interface. Despite its elegant and neatly-appointed layout, the CTS' interior ergonomics could use some fine-tuning. The coupe and wagon's sloping rear roofline hinders rear-seat headroom while the center console's swept design occupies a decent amount of the driver's knee room.

Exterior
2012 Cadillac CTS photo

The 2012 CTS' athletic design is characterized by a newly refined version of Cadillac's distinctive shield-shaped grille, Cadillac's signature vertical headlights and taillights and deeply sculpted fenders emphasizing its wide, aggressive stance. Coupe models feature center-mounted exhaust outlets and a clever electronic touch pad for the doors which eliminate the need for conventional door handles. CTS-V models feature a unique front end with a satin-finished mesh grille, hood bulge and unique 19-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in Michelin PS2 high-performance tires.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base CTS sedan and wagon variants are powered by a 270-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 driving through a 6-speed manual transmission and roll on 17-inch aluminum wheels. Inside the CTS cabin, you will find dual-zone climate controls, an 8-way power driver's seat, Bluetooth hands-free phone capability, a rear-seat/trunk pass-through for long objects and an 8-speaker Bose audio system with SiriusXM Satellite Radio and MP3 capability. Standard safety and security equipment includes six airbags, Stabilitrak stability and traction control, daytime running lights, automatic on/off headlights, programmable power door locks, a theft-deterrent system, and one year of OnStar security and convenience service with audible turn-by-turn navigation.

Optional Equipment

Living in a in a chilly climate? All CTS trims (excluding CTS-V models) offer available all-wheel drive as well as an engine-block heater for those cold startups. Additional available equipment includes a sport-tuned suspension, High-Intensity Discharge headlamps with adaptive lighting to illuminate the side of the road when cornering , wood trim, a 10-speaker Bose premium audio system with a 40-gig hard drive and - get this – a live radio pause and rewind, iPod integration, navigation system with an 8-inch pop-up display, EasyKey keyless entry and ignition – the key never needs to leave your pocket or bag – and an Ultraview panoramic sunroof (not available on CTS-V or Coupe models). Prospective CTS-V buyers seeking the ultimate in comfort can opt for a set of 14-way power-adjustable Recaro sport seats featuring pneumatic adjusters for both the seat bottom and back.

Under the Hood

The 2012 Cadillac CTS offers two levels of 24-valve direct-injection 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 318 horsepower. The 3.0-liter comes standard with a 6-speed manual, while a 6-speed automatic is optional. Cars with all-wheel drive can only be equipped with the automatic transmission. Buyers who spring for the high-performance CTS-V are treated to a 556-horsepower supercharged V8, matched to either a 6-speed manual transmission or an available 6-speed automatic with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

3.0-liter V6
270 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm
223 lb-ft of torque @ 5,700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 mpg (RWD), 18/26 mpg (AWD)

3.6-liter V6
318 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm
275 lb-ft of torque @ 4,900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/26 mpg (manual, RWD), 18/27 mpg (automatic, RWD),
18/27 mpg (sedan/coupe - automatic, AWD), 18/26 mpg (wagon - automatic, AWD)

6.2-liter supercharged V8
556 horsepower @ 6,100 rpm
551 lb-ft of torque @ 3,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/19 mpg (manual), 12/18 mpg (automatic)

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2012 Cadillac CTS Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 333 Ratings for the 2008 - 2013 models.

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

Love it. Incredible Speed, Handling and Comfort.

By on Thursday, July 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Cons: "very low gas mileage in the city."

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

"Too have a car with this amount of interior luxury perform like a race car is is a real treat and worth the high price tag."

8 people out of 15 found this review helpful

NICE RIDE EASY HANDLING AND QUICK

By on Saturday, July 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Cons: "NE"

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

"THIS IS ONE PRIME VEHICLE MY WIFE AND I ARE RETIRED IN OUR MID 60S AND WOULD LIKE TO BUY A NEW CAR WHILE WE CAN."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Much better than the Caddies I've previously owned

By on Saturday, July 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very fun to drive, great suspension and brakes."

Cons: "Hard to keep it at the speed limit. Smallish trunk"

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

"The handling of this car really is incredible. Before starting a family, I owned a few Caddies. Sure, they were comfortable. But they were boring to drive. My kids are older now and it was time to find that luxury sports sedan. I looked at the competition and found the CTS was very comparable. So why the CTS. All other things being near equal, there was the price. The CTS was lower in price. That and the fact servicing is more convenient. Where I live, the nearest Audi, BMW, and Mercedes dealerships are quite a drive. But most every town has a GM dealership. In the eight months I've had this car, I've had no problems with it. It makes me want to find the most exciting route to my destination rather than the quickest route. There are only a few negatives that I can think of. Trunk space is limited, but that's common in this class. The back seats are a little cramped, but still good for long trips. My last complaint didn't even involve the car itself. It was XM radio that was the disappointment. It never came through as stereo sound so when the trial ended, I didn't sign up for it."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

2008 Cadillac CTS4

By on Monday, July 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,150

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "This car was made for road trips"

Cons: "Gas mileage is meh..."

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

"This car is my dream car, and my baby! The car's exterior is beautiful...no one on earth would ever guess it was a7 year old car with such low mileage. The ride is smooth and not bumpy, and the engine is very quiet! The interior is clean and roomy and easily seats 5 big people comfortably. I would recommend this car to all Cadillac lovers any day. The Black Cherry color sets it apart from most car colors on the road."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

love this car, over exceeded my expectation.

By on Thursday, July 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,137

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "luxury and sporty and fun to drive"

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

"this car has been wonderful, i have not had any issues with it so far. i have had a great experience while driving the car, its real fast for a four door sedan. Cadillac has done a great job with this vehicle. I cant say anything negative about this car because i really love the car."

9 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Awesome car and I've owned plenty

By on Thursday, June 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,000

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
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Too many things to list"

Cons: "Loves gas stations!"

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

My personal car show.

"I can't believe my wife let me buy this car 5 years ago. Usually after 2 to 3 years my eye wanders, starting to check out other cars. Hasn't happened yet. Every time I get in to this thing it's still exciting."

20 people out of 29 found this review helpful

My personal car show.

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