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2014 Cadillac CTS

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2014 Cadillac CTS Review

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While the Coupe, Sport Wagon and all CTS-V models carry over unchanged (see our 2013 Cadillac CTS review), the fully redesigned, 3rd-generation 2014 CTS Sedan embodies an entirely new level of style, stature, technology and performance. Three engines – including the 420-horsepower V6 Twin Turbo in the CTS Vsport – rear-wheel drive (RWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), and an available adaptive suspension give the new midsize 4-door an exceptional combination of sophistication and exhilaration. Slightly larger than its predecessor, the all-new CTS Sedan also is significantly lighter, a synergistic combination that benefits its ability to both carve corners and pamper passengers. Equally important, this comprehensive recasting gives the CTS Sedan world-class credentials that let it go head-to-head with targeted rivals like the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

You'll Like This Car If...

Expressive design, impressive dynamic qualities and polished Cadillac character make all versions of the CTS appealing, but the all-new Sedan raises those benchmark qualities to new levels in all three areas.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If Cadillac's edgy styling isn’t your thing, or you prefer more traditionally Teutonic approach to your midsize luxury, you’ll likely be happier with an Audi, BMW or Mercedes-Benz alternative.

What's New for 2014

The Cadillac CTS Sedan has been completely redesigned for the 2014 model year. Save for revised exterior colors, all other models carry forward unchanged.

Driving the CTS
Driving Impressions

The carryover members of the CTS lineup remain desirable travel mates in their own right, but it’s the 2014 CTS Sedan that takes GM’s luxury division to a new and...

... even better place. Based on a stretched version of the sophisticated Alpha platform that also underpins Cadillac’s compact ATS, the 2014 CTS 4-door boasts superior control and agility under all conditions. This is especially true on models equipped with Magnetic Ride Control, which complements the enhanced dynamic character with Cadillac-level comfort and even more advanced driver-focused technology. Smooth and capable in rear-drive or all-wheel-drive models, the 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 will remain the most popular CTS motivator, but we found the new Sedan-only 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder an enticing alternative. While nothing equals the pure adrenaline rush of a CTS-V’s 556-horsepower 6.2-liter supercharged V8, the new 420-horsepower V6 Twin Turbo in the CTS Vsport comes tantalizingly close in real-world terms – and for considerably less money.

MAGNETIC RIDE CONTROL SUSPENSION
Available on all CTS Sedans and standard on the CTS-V, Vsport and all Sedans with 18-inch and 19-inch wheel/tire fitments, Magnetic Ride Control offers real-time multi-mode damper programming that fine tunes the car’s ride. In CTS-V/Vsport “Sport”/“Track” settings, it also tweaks steering effort and shift mapping to more performance-oriented configurations.

3.6-LITER V6 TWIN-TURBO
Excusive to the new Vsport CTS Sedan, this tech-rich force-fed stormer makes an exhilarating 420-horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque. Cadillac is quick to note that the Twin Turbo only shares about 10 percent of its components with the naturally aspirated 3.6-liter six offered in other CTS models.

2014 Cadillac CTS Details
2014 Cadillac CTS photo Interior

Like their exteriors, the impressively well-appointed cabins of the 2014 CTS line reflect two different but related takes on the same design DNA. Leatherette or genuine leather and real wood, metal or carbon fiber accents help define the luxury-sport character of every variant, but only the recast CTS Sedan brings new touches to the formula including a more elegantly contoured dash and console, revised control layouts, and upgraded seats with standard 14-way power adjustment up front. It’s also the only CTS to offer the sophisticated albeit slightly quirky CUE (Cadillac User Experience) infotainment/telematics system – which is standard on all models.

Exterior
2014 Cadillac CTS photo

Cadillac has spent the last decade refining its signature "Art & Science" design philosophy, and the CTS family reflects the most highly expressive manifestation of that look to date. While bold edges, prominent “shield” grille treatments and vertical lighting elements are trademark cues of the entire lineup, the new CTS Sedan expands those distinctive visual vistas by adding a more contemporary flair. Longer and lower than the 4-door it replaces, the 2014 CTS Sedan matches more refined proportions with an extra 1.2 inches of wheelbase and enhances its sleeker aerodynamic profile through the use of active grille shutters on 4-cylinder models.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

All 2014 CTS models include a long list of comfort/convenience items from dual-zone climate control and Bose premium audio to Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth and OnStar with one year of Directions and Connections. The all-new CTS Sedan steps up the mix with things like standard active noise cancellation, three USB ports, an SD card slot and shifter paddles on all models. Standard safety and security equipment includes Stabilitrak stability and traction control, automatic on/off headlights, programmable power door locks, and a theft-deterrent system – and where the carryover CTS models only have six airbags, the new CTS Sedan comes with 10.

Optional Equipment

All CTS models can be had in a variety of trim “collections” and offer additional packages that build on each other to further sweeten the feature mix and allow even greater personalization. In the case of the new CTS Sedan, buyers can select from eight different interior “environments” and transition though Standard, Luxury Performance and Premium grades – plus Vsport/Vsport Premium models adding full-leather upholstery, a Driver Awareness Package, all-wheel drive, a reconfigurable digital instrument cluster, head-up display, navigation, Bose Surround Sound Audio, Automatic Parallel Park Assist, Magnetic Ride Control, an electronic limited-slip differential, and more.

Under the Hood

Please accept our apologies, but get ready to get confused: The 2014 CTS lineup includes five highly sophisticated engines, two exclusive to the new Sedan. Anchoring the mix is a free-revving 272-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder backed by a 6-speed automatic transmission in both rear-drive and all-wheel-drive Sedan models. While the 270-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 is only found in the base Sport Wagon, the 318/321-horsepower (model-dependent) 3.6-liter naturally-aspirated V6 is shared by all body styles and paired with an 8-speed automatic in new CTS rear-drive Sedans but a 6-speed automatic in all other applications. The 420-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 Twin Turbo in the rear-drive Vsport Turbo gets the new 8-speed automatic, while CTS-Vs match their supercharged 556-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 with a 6-speed manual or optional 6-speed automatic. Both transmissions in the new Sedan feature steering-wheel-mounted shifter paddles.

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 (CTS Sedan)
272 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
295 lb-ft of torque @ 1,700-5,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/30 mpg (RWD automatic), 19/28 mpg (AWD automatic)

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

3.6-liter V6 (CTS Coupe/Sedan/Sport Wagon)
318 (Coupe/Sport Wagon)/321 (Sedan) horsepower @ 6,800 rpm
275 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 mpg (RWD/AWD Coupe), 19/29 mpg (RWD automatic Sedan), 18/26 mpg (AWD automatic Sedan), 18/26 mpg (RWD/AWD automatic Wagon)

3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6 (CTS Sedan Vsport)
420 horsepower @ 5,750 rpm
430 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 mpg (RWD automatic)

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

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2014 Cadillac CTS Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 15 Ratings for the 2014 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    9.6/10
    Quality
    9.5/10
  • Reliability
    9.7/10
    Performance
    9.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

Best Luxury Sports Sedan Under $90K

By on Monday, July 18, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,750

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Vsport super fun, design, Apple Carplay, wheels"

Cons: "Base gauges, leather, hardish seat, run flat tires"

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

"Owned a 2011 Audi S4 before this car. This car makes a statement and has a presence that the S4 just couldn't make (although I loved that car). I cross shopped this CTS Vsport against the BMW 340 and 5 series, the MB C450 AMG and the Chevy SS. The C450 AMG is a really nice car but all wheel drive and more expensive. I love the Chevy SS but the looks, 6 speed auto and gas guzzler tax are underwhelming. Now that car in the 6 speed manual is another story but that wasn't an option for my family (next car purchase perhaps). After test driving all of those cars multiple times, I could barely believe it myself, but my heart went with the Caddy. I choose the dark Adriatic blue paint and the tan interior. The blue paint is really striking with the absolutely boss dark painted chrome rims. But this car looks awesome in the phantom gray and white too. The power is both strong and linear in this car and really comes on in the 3500 rev range. Over time, you can really feel the difference between the tour, sport and track driver settings. Tooling around town with a heavy foot, like mine, will definitely hurt the MPGs but I actually got 27 MPG on a mixed driving road trip the other day! The steering feel is amazing in this car. Leaps better than the electric assist that Mercedes, BMW and especially Audi have to offer. I like the way this Vsport sounds although it is slightly artificially enhanced. Externally, it is a bigger vehicle than my S4 but the curb weight is essentially the same. While it is definitely bigger up front......it does feel bigger in the back too, although the measurements don't really suggest it. Bottom line, this is a amazing car. I really love it. It only loses to the 5 series in sales volume because of BMW's teflon reputation of being the ultimate driving machine. Unfortunately, that is really no longer true with the exception of the 2 series. The reverse holds true on the Caddy side, they were cars that your grand parents drove but that is just no longer the case. This car would have scared the heck out of my grandma! Read the recent comparison test that Motor Trend ran on this car, the Audi S6 and Lexus GS-F. Those cars are $90K+ and this car won! Drive this $60K CTS Vsport vs the BMW 340 & 550, E400 and the A6, it is no contest as far as driving dynamics goes. What you lose is brand cache and the fact that it seems that everyone has a BMW or Mercedes these days. What you make up is a beautifully executed automobile that leads the pack in design, driving dynamics, magneto suspension and steering feel which has tons of power and a lower price point. No brainer? Not to mention the fact that if your dealer can find you the one that you want already on a lot somewhere, they will no doubt go get it for you and give you a sweetheart deal too! Try that with the Germans...."

Auto Stop/Start is a deal killer for some

By on Thursday, July 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
7/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "If don't mind Auto Start and run-flats, great car"

Cons: "Auto stop/start, run-flats (and no spare)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"The Auto Stop/Start is terrible. It may not bother everyone (I cannot fathom how people above don’t mind this), but it is annoying and distracting every time you stop the car. The car shakes and jiggles at every stop sign and stop light. My passengers are incredulous when they’re first taken for a spin. It is not only annoying, but also distracting; your mind goes to it every single time you stop. You can turn this off every time you start the car, but it is not possible to turn this feature off permanently. Make sure you thoroughly test drive them before buying. When test driving, make sure you do some city/urban driving and turn the A/C off (it doesn’t kick in when the A/C is chugging at a decent rate). Like I said, it won’t bother everyone, but will bother many. Enough so that GM put out a couple bulletins on the subject. Check out #15-NA-033 “Normal Characteristic – Slight Bump, Jerk or Rough Engine Startup [Oct 15, 2015]”. It says “Condition: some customers may comment that there is a slight bump, jerk or rough engine startup during an AutoStart event”. Then it says, “Correction: This is a normal condition”. I guess they said it was unusual, then had to correct it and say it is a normal condition!!! Directive #16-NA-071: Diagnostic Tips for Stop/Start and Auto Stop Operation [Mar 4, 2016] says, “Condition: Vehicle does not engage in Auto Stop mode and Vehicle automatically restarts during an AutoStop event”. It goes on to say, “It is imperative that the customer be well informed about the unique features and operational characteristics of their vehicle equipped with Stop/Start. For the sales team to be fully prepared, they should use the Getting to Know Your Vehicle guide as an outline when presenting the vehicle to the customer”. Cadillac knows this is a terrible feature and they are not notifying their customers. Other cons: the run-flats are a poor ride; they’re loud and you can feel everything. New CTS doesn’t come with a spare and instead has run-flats. The tactile sliders/”buttons” are over-engineered. Just give me a knob for the radio volume; ditto for the A/C fan speed. Also, a tad more difficult to get out of than previous CTS. Pros: trunk is larger than previous CTS; nice and roomy. The panel that comes up in the dash is a cool storage area (and lockable). Cool feature that lets you program the radio so you are notified when your favorite band is on XM. Bluetooth with phone is loud and clear. Has both Android Auto and the IOS version."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

The best Cadillac ever made,

By on Wednesday, June 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,500

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
10/10

Pros: "Everything"

Cons: "Nothing"

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

"I absolutely love this car. The turbo is surprisingly strong and responsive. The interior is superb, everything fits perfectly, no squeakes, quiet, great finish with soft touch materials. Paint is flawless, elegant looking but the best part is the handling and road feel. Takes tight freeway curves at 80 mph+ with ease and all bumps are absorbed without unsettling the flawless ride. It is the best car I have ever driven in this category. It should be at the top of the list to test drive, you will never go back to foreign makes. I bought this car based on the reviews without ever driving one. Theres not enough room here for praise. Theres nothing I dont like about this car. Congratulations to Cadillac and proud its American."

Awesome and very good looking car. Great Interior!

By on Tuesday, May 3, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,000

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
9/10

Pros: "Design, Interior, Driving Dynamics, Standard equip"

Cons: "None."

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

"I am 23years old and this is my first New car. I have to say I love everything about the CTS. The interior was far better than the 5series and E-Class I drove and had way more standard features for the price. The driving dynamics are top notch and very engaging! Currently own 2015 CTS Performance 3.6L If you are looking at a Benz or a 5 Series, go check this car out! You will be very impressed and wonder why you did not have it listed top on your list! Only Con is RunFlat Tires, but this is standard on almost all Luxury Sedans these days. It is fact that they have a firmer ride, but they are a lot safer than traditional tires."

3 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Caddy girl

By on Monday, November 9, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,300

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: "Bad to the bone!"

Cons: "cup holders,mirrors for backing up, dismal fail"

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

"Found this beauty while getting some repairs done on my XLR. Traded the XLR for the CTS-V. Faster than the XLR. Cool, classy and comfortable Caddy; reminds me of my old Biarritz, but sportier. I always seem to fall in love with, and buy Caddies that are or will no longer be in production. LOVE THIS CAR (but I do miss my little convertible XLR.)"

31 people out of 47 found this review helpful

amazing driving experience

By on Sunday, July 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,500

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: "best driving vehicle ever"

Cons: "can not think of any"

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

"high tech features, so many features it takes weeks to examine and use. great fuel economy and exceptional handling and performance. V6 uses regular fuel which is an added bonus, most competition requires premium. Neat features like screw in tow hooks for front and back if you ever need towed. Many many more features to numerous to remember."

36 people out of 67 found this review helpful

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