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.
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.
For 2011, a rear vision camera is offered on the sedan; models without navigation feature a view screen built into the rear view mirror. Also new for 2011 are an available heated steering wheel, a new front fender vent design and a new 19-inch wheel and tires package. All CTS models come standard with Cadillac's Premium Care Maintenance, which covers oil changes, tire rotation and engine and cabin air filter replacement for four years or 50,000 miles.
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).
Totally revamped just last year, the 2015 CTS is Cadillac's formidable entry into the midsize luxury sport-sedan segment. Like its European competitors the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the Cadillac CTS offers a fine blend of style, comfort, technology and performance. Three engines are available, from a turbocharged 4-cylinder that achieves up to 30 mpg to a twin-turbo V6 that outputs 420 horsepower. For drivers requiring enhanced traction, all-wheel drive can be had in lieu of the standard rear-wheel drive. For 2015, the CTS will be sold as a sedan only, with the wagon and coupe no longer offered. Taking the year off is the CTS-V sedan while a new version of the high-performance Cadillac is developed on this latest CTS' acclaimed platform.