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2013 Cadillac CTS

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2013 Cadillac CTS Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.9

Cadillac is determined to reclaim its place as the world's standard of luxury, and the 2013 CTS brings the fight directly to its European and Japanese competitors. Smart styling, lots of high-tech features, a refined driving experience and impressive powertrains give the broad model lineup strong appeal. With sedan, coupe and wagon models, high-performance CTS-V versions for each body style and available all-wheel drive (AWD), the Cadillac CTS is likely the most diverse nameplate in the luxury segment. If anything will move young, successful consumers to aspire to own a Cadillac, this is the car to do it.

You'll Like This Car If...

Whether you're looking for a premium American car that stands out in the crowd or a luxurious ultra-high-performance vehicle, the CTS series will deliver.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If nothing but a prestigious import luxury brand will do it for you, there are many fine alternatives from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Lexus, Acura and Infiniti.

What's New for 2013

The 6-speed manual gearbox is gone from all but the CTS-V models. There are some minor finish tweaks on the grille, a couple new metallic paint colors, standard remote starting across the range and some new equipment for the Base, Luxury, Performance and Premium trim packages.

Driving the CTS

Driving Impressions Through twisty two-lanes, fast freeways, urban congestion and mixed-speed suburban sprawl, we greatly appreciate the 2013 Cadillac CTS' responsive steering, world-class roadholding and powerful brakes. Given its performance-focused engineering, one...

might expect a correspondingly firm ride, but we find the suspension surprisingly supple even on badly deteriorated pavement. We love the quiet cabin's luxurious design, and the multi-adjustable seats are uncommonly comfortable for long hauls. For a serious performance car – the CTS-V Sedan can deliver blistering acceleration from zero to 60 mph of just 3.9 seconds – the driving experience is surprisingly calm and quiet. The CTS-V's Magnetic Ride Control suspension system offers an impressive balance between race-inspired handling for the track and a pleasantly compliant ride for daily driving.

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 via the concealed USB port.

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

2013 Cadillac CTS Details
2013 Cadillac CTS photo 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 – 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 center console's swept design can fight the driver for knee space and the sloping rear rooflines of the coupe and wagon impinge on rear-seat headroom.

Exterior
2013 Cadillac CTS photo

The 2013 CTS' athletic design is characterized by a refined version of Cadillac's distinctive shield-shaped grille, 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 eliminates 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 with Michelin PS2 high-performance tires.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Inside the CTS cabin, you will find dual-zone climate control, 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, 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

Live in a chilly climate? All CTS trims (except CTS-Vs) offer all-wheel drive as well as an engine-block heater for those cold startups. Additional available equipment includes sport-tuned suspension, High-Intensity Discharge headlamps with adaptive lighting to illuminate the side of the road when cornering and a 10-speaker Bose premium audio system with iPod integration, a 40-gig hard drive and live radio pause and rewind. The navigation system uses an 8-inch pop-up display. The CTS-V versions offer 14-way power-adjustable Recaro sport seats.

Under the Hood

The 2013 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 makes an impressive 318 horsepower with no fuel-consumption penalty. Both the V6s use a 6-speed automatic transmission (no more manual) and can be paired with all-wheel drive. Buyers who spring for the high-performance CTS-V are treated to a stomping 556-horsepower supercharged V8, matched to either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic (no-cost option) 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 (rear-wheel drive), 18/26 mpg (all-wheel drive)

3.6-liter V6
318 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm
275 lb-ft of torque @ 4,900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 mpg (rear-wheel drive), 18/27 mpg (sedan/coupe, all-wheel drive), 18/26 mpg (wagon, all-wheel drive)

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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2013 Cadillac CTS Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 318 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
    8.8/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Middle aged male driving daily for business

By on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfortable for 2, overall a good value"

Cons: "Slow making u turns"

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

"Comfort and class with a sporty feel. This car is not for everyone. 2 people will ride comfortably and navigate the country in luxury. Rear seated passengers will probably not enjoy more than a day trip."

Great Car

By on Sunday, March 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,000

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
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Unique styling, fun to drive & powerful"

Cons: "Poor visibility from rear view mirror."

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

"I love this car. It is unique and most people have never seen one before. Drives like a sport sedan and hauls like a SUV. This wagon is not your Mom's "grocery getter". Too bad they discontinued production, I would buy another one."

12 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Excellent vehicle. Sporty with luxury.

By on Friday, March 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I love this car. It has the power of a sports car, with the experience of luxury. Rides nicely. Has awesome pickup (especially in the manual over ride). It's comfortable for 2. Rear leg room is small, but not small as in a Camaro or Mustang (which have NO rear leg room)!! I have had no major repairs, runs very nicely. Overall this vehicle is. 8/9 out of 10."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

CTS-V Coupe Performance, Handling, Thrilling

By on Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,400

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
9/10

Pros: "World Class Vehicle Competes well BMW Porsche MER"

Cons: "Pillars are a little large with slight blindspots"

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

"CTS-V Cadillac 556 Horsepower Comfortable Rocketship!! Cadillac discontinued the Wagon and the Coupe. I absolutely love my Coupe. Only 500 Coupes made for 2015 and then in 2016 there will only be a Sedan available with more horsepower and more $$$. The Coupes will rise in value very quickly as they will no longer be produced as well as the wagon. So having said that get yourselves a coupe before the prices escalate."

5 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Looks, comfort and power

By on Monday, February 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good power fun to drive and its a head turner"

Cons: "None"

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

"Awd is great in the snow, sound system is really good. Has some get up and go power very nice car I love it!!!!"

7 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Good value for the money.

By on Friday, January 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good power. Comfortable ride. Plenty of space."

Cons: "19 mpg. Limited visibility from rear windows."

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

"Came with many more features and a larger engine than competitive vehicles. Also uses regular gas, which helps save money."

21 people out of 37 found this review helpful

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