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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 340 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

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."

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Sporty and Classy!

By on Tuesday, December 08, 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!!"

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Very nice driving car, reliability issues

By on Wednesday, December 02, 2015

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

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "drives like a dream, very fast, good looking"

Cons: "reliability issues, smaller inside than expected"

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

"The CTS-V is a very nice driving car. We like it much better than our first generation CTS-V. Some recent repairs have me concerned with the reliability of this vehicle. The supercharger and the differential needed to be replaced at 30,000 miles. It was covered under warranty but scares me a bit for the future. Smaller inside than we expected but has a nice sized trunk. 'Goes like stink! Better mileage than we anticipated at 20 mpg highway."

10 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Been in shop alot

By on Sunday, November 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Car handles and drives great"

Cons: "Expensive maintenance. Noisy moon roof"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"Bought 2010 luxury in 2014 with 41000 miles from a Cadillac dealer. In 2 years I had to replace 3 wheel hub assemblies water pump and something on front drive shaft. I put 40000 miles on car so yes it gets driven. Found out the previous owner replaced the other wheel hub. It is great looking very comfortable and runs good.. Big moon roof is noisy. GM should put better wheel hubs on an expensive luxury car. Jeez"

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Love this Cadillac CTS!

By on Monday, November 02, 2015

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

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great looks, great handling, great heritage."

Cons: "Moonroofs are known to have issues."

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

Dealer photo of my car.

"I bought this 2013 Cadillac CTS used in June of 2015. I absolutely love driving this car. It's great for around town driving and long highway trips. I put a set of BFG A/S's on it and the handling for a heavy sedan is great. Mine is equipped with the small 3.0 V6, but it has plenty of get-up and go when you need it. The only negative experience I have had was the moonroof leaked and damaged the headliner. However, it was still under factory warranty so it was fixed free of charge. Also after the awesome service I received from Cadillac...free 2015 CTS loaner...I will never look at another manufacture again."

7 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Dealer photo of my car.

Very reliable, show stopper

By on Tuesday, October 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "would recomment to anyone"

Cons: "none"

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

"Very nice car, even better when compare to comparable Euro luxury cars. I have no major or minor problems with this car. Fit and finish is great. Performance is excellent. Great cross county cruiser."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

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