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.
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).
In the past, Cadillac's attempt to challenge its European rivals met with less than stellar success. That trend seems to have come to an end with the CTS sedan. Now entering its fourth year of production, the CTS has not only proven itself a worthy competitor, but its quality and performance statistics place it in the same league with competitors from Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi. More importantly, the CTS' edgy look has caught on with younger buyers who just a few years ago would never have considered a Cadillac. Offered with a choice of manual or automatic transmissions, the CTS not only has a high fun-to-drive factor, but returns surprisingly good fuel economy.