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2015 Cadillac CTS Review

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2015 Cadillac CTS Expert Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.9

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.

You'll Like This Car If...

The 2015 Cadillac CTS boasts the polished appeal of the iconic American luxury brand along with high style, impressive performance and high-tech features. The formula is already working to entice a new generation of buyers to the brand.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If Cadillac's styling is too edgy, you might prefer the more traditional looks of Euro competitors such as the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series or Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Those brands also offer wagon/hatchback variants for buyers needing extra space, and in the case of Mercedes, a stylish coupe and cabriolet.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 7.9
  • 7.8
  • 8.0
  • 8.2
  • 7.8
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How It Ranks

#12

out of 17

Fuel Economy

#10

out of 17

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

8.8 out of 10
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2015 Cadillac CTS Low/wide front photo What's New for 2015

The Cadillac CTS is enhanced for 2015 with wireless charging for select mobile phones, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, a revised grille and crest, and the ability to park itself both parallel and perpendicular to the curb. A limited run of 500 CTS-V Coupe Special Editions mark the end of the carryover V range.

Driving the CTS
2015 Cadillac CTS Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions Based on a stretched version of the sophisticated Alpha platform that also underpins Cadillac's smaller ATS, the 2015 CTS sedan 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 offers a good blend of performance and efficiency, but we found still-powerful and more-efficient 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder an enticing alternative. And while hardcore enthusiasts will have to await a new CTS-V sedan, Cadillac's new 420-horsepower V6 Twin Turbo in the CTS Vsport offers plenty of exhilaration in its own right.

TECHNOLOGY OFFERINGS
Cadillac has been quick to realize that just because we're in a car we needn't be disconnected from our devices. For 2015, the Cadillac CTS luxury sedan is now even savvier by offering its own wireless connection, DockSpot wireless phone charging, and text-message alerts via the CUE infotainment system.

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

2015 Cadillac CTS Details
2015 Cadillac CTS Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

The 2015 Cadillac CTS' 5-passenger cabin boasts nearly as much style as the sedan's angular exterior. Plenty of padded panels and plush seating – leatherette in lower models, real leather in other versions – create an inviting interior. The standard 8-way power front bucket seats are comfortable, but rear-seat legroom is on the tight side. Prominently displayed in the center stack is the CUE infotainment system. The 8-inch touch screen and touch-sensitive controls beneath it are impressive to look at but frustrating to use. The screen's response time lags in some situations and the controls beneath can be finicky, potentially leading to driver distraction.

Exterior
2015 Cadillac CTS photo

With sharp angles at every corner, a rippled hood and prominent grille that sports Cadillac's new crest, the CTS stands out even among its talented competitors in the luxury sedan segment. Details range from the pragmatic – grille shutters that close to improve aerodynamics – to pretty, such as the seamless aluminum trim around the side windows. At the rear, all 2015 CTS sedans feature dual exhaust outlets. Models with the "CTS4" markings designate all-wheel drive. The limited-edition 2015 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe uses the last-generation body design with unique touches such as dark grille, satin graphite wheels and red brake calipers.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2015 Cadillac CTS sedan is available with three engines and four trim levels (Standard, Luxury, Performance and Premium), which all amount to a wide selection of features. Spend the least on a CTS 2.0L and you'll still get a midsize luxury sedan that includes a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, 11-speaker Bose premium audio with three USB inputs, push-button start, wireless phone charging, dual-zone climate control, voice command, and the CUE infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen and GM's OnStar communications system with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. Surprisingly, a rearview camera is not standard on base models.

Optional Equipment

Adding options or stepping up trims brings amenities such as navigation, leather seating, wood trim, heated/ventilated front seats, adaptive cruise control, a sunroof, and tri-zone automatic climate control. If you have a large CD collection, you'll want to opt for the glovebox-mounted disc player. Performance and safety enhancements include all-wheel drive, Magnetic Ride Control, blind-spot monitoring, Automatic Parking Assist, and a Driver Awareness Package that includes features such as a seat that vibrates to warn the driver of dangers such as drifting out of a lane or getting too close to an object when parking.

Under the Hood
2015 Cadillac CTS Engine photo

Three engines are available for the 2015 Cadillac CTS sedan. The base is a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that puts out a stout 272 horsepower, while the mid-tier engine is a 3.6-liter V6 that's good for 321 horsepower. Both of those engines are offered with the standard rear-wheel drive (RWD) or optional all-wheel drive (AWD). At the top of the pack (at least until the next-gen CTS-V sedan arrives) is a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 in the Vsport that pumps out 420 horsepower and is rear-drive only. The 4-cylinder CTS uses a 6-speed automatic transmission, while V6 versions utilize an 8-speed automatic. Carrying over one final year is the limited-edition, rear-drive CTS-V Coupe that packs a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 good for 556 horsepower that's mated to a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.

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

3.6-liter V6
321 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm
275 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/29 mpg (RWD), 18/26 mpg (AWD)

3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6
420 horsepower @ 5,750 rpm
430 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24 mpg

6.2-liter supercharged V8 (CTS V-Sport Coupe)
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)

The 2015 Cadillac CTS sedan has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just over $46,000 for a base 2.0-liter model. At the top end, a loaded Vsport with the twin-turbocharged V6 engine passes the $70,000 mark, as does the 2015 CTS-V Coupe that's limited to 500 models. At its starting price, Cadillac's 4-door luxury sport sedan is in line with the Audi A6 and is a few thousand below the starting prices of the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Jaguar XF and Infiniti Q70. The Acura RLX and Lexus GS also start slightly higher than the CTS. Before buying, be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their new Cadillac CTS. The Cadillac's resale value is expected to be about average in this segment, trailing the standout Lexus GS.

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2015 Cadillac CTS Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 5 Ratings for the 2014 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    9.8/10
    Quality
    9.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.8/10
    Performance
    9.8/10
  • Comfort
    9.8/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

Fantastic car

By on Thursday, March 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,500

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: "Fun to drive, great cruiser good mpg"

Cons: "none"

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

"I've driven BMW 5 series for years; no more. This car is better than the the 5s and Audi 6 and MB 3s all day long. Quick and comfortable. Just a great car."

29 people out of 52 found this review helpful

Great Car

By on Saturday, October 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great Design, Fun to Drive"

Cons: "Run Flat Tires"

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

"I am very pleased with the car. Great design, always gets looks. I have been lucky to have owned some nice looking cars (traded a Honda S-2000)and none come close to this car. Quality inside and out. I test drove all the German competitors and they are not as engaging to drive. I was worried about the CUE system when I bought the car because of the expert reviews(finger prints). Don't be, you set up most settings once and can use the toggle buttons on the steering wheel for most things. I think I wiped the screen twice in a year. Run Flat Tires only negative."

71 people out of 123 found this review helpful

Worth Every Penny!

By on Saturday, September 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,500

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
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Performance, styling, build quality, comfort"

Cons: "Hesitant between slow speed shifts, tire noise"

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

"It was time to reluctantly trade my 07 Cadillac CTS Sport on a new car. Hearing all the hype about the 2014 CTS, and my love of my 07, convinced me to buy one. I got a fully loaded 2.0T CTS4. My love affair with my previous CTS has been quickly replaced by a car that exceeds it in almost every way. The 4 cylinder engine provides amazing power and agility. The transmission hesitates from time to time at lower speeds, which an eight speed will fix. There also seems to be more tire noise than I find acceptable for a premium vehicle, but that may just be the Pirelli's. These are the only faults I have found. The interior is impeccable and tasteful. The build quality far exceeds my first CTS. Tight tolerances, no rattles, and high end materials. The seats are just the right amount of firmness to be perfectly comfortable. The best part, though, is the driving experience. This car is just plain fun. It's powerful, responsive, and always draws the eyes of admirers. There is so much to love about this car that you can't go wrong if you get one, too"

50 people out of 92 found this review helpful

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