New 2018 Cadillac CTS Sedan
Cadillac CTS Sedan
The 2018 Cadillac CTS gets a modest handful of upgrades, keeping this luxury sedan on pace with its German and Japanese rivals.
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The 2018 Cadillac CTS is the sole domestic sedan capable of going head-to-head with the best from German and Japanese luxury automakers. Yet it's not a copy of those cars. Instead, it combines their strengths -- powerful engines, sharp handling and luxurious interiors -- with a uniquely American flavor. It's a combination that outpaces the Audi A6 and Lexus GS, and even fills the rearview mirrors of the BMW 5 Series. From the base model and its 4-cylinder engine to the mighty CTS-V (reviewed separately), the CTS lineup brims with luxury and technology, offering a nice balance of features, power, fuel economy and price. The range-topping 640-horsepower CTS-V takes the super-sedan fight straight to the BMW M5 and Mercedes-AMG E 63, but is covered separately.
You'll Like This Car If...
The 2018 Cadillac CTS equals -- and in some cases surpasses -- its European and Japanese rivals. If you want your luxury to be uniquely red, white and blue, the Cadillac CTS is the way to go.
You May Not Like This Car If...
While the CTS has narrowed the gap, it doesn't have the same cachet as sedans from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus. If you want a wagon or coupe you're out of luck, and if you're looking for a smoother ride, you might want to check out the Lexus ES or Lincoln MKZ.
What's New for 2018
The 2018 Cadillac CTS is largely carryover. There's a new color, a panoramic sunroof is now available on V-Sport models, and there's an available automatic heated steering wheel.
The Cadillac CTS is based on the much smaller ATS sedan, yet despite the added size and weight, it feels unaffected. The agile handling inspires confidence, and conveys the correct impression that the CTS weighs less than many of its competitors. Opt for Cadillac's Magnetic Ride Control and you can select how smooth the ride should be, or how glue-like you want it to stick to the pavement by controlling body lean and sway. While we prefer rear-wheel drive for fun, there's no denying the available all-wheel-drive system expands the all-weather capabilities of the CTS. You'd think the base 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder would be underwhelming, but the reality is it offers surprising acceleration and slightly better economy than the standard 3.6-liter V6.
Cadillac doesn't skimp on technology in the 2018 CTS. In addition to the CUE infotainment system, there's Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The CTS also features a Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless phone charging, and even a system to monitor your teen's driving habits.
Back in 2002, the then-new Cadillac CTS carried the return of GM's luxury division on its back with style, winning comparison tests between it and some of its best rivals from Europe. Cadillac has been very aware of -- and successfully nurtured -- this luxury sedan's reputation.
Cadillac’s CTS interior features premium materials, world-class assembly quality and high-tech touches. Virtually everything is soft-touch and covered in leather, although base models get Leatherette (as do base models from Europe). The inviting ambiance is also as uniquely American as the exterior. The same is true for the rear seat, but be warned: There's a shortage of legroom compared to its primary rivals. Cadillac's CUE entertainment system has improved remarkably over the years, and its quick response and seamless integration with iPhones and Android devices are second to one. Our favorite over-the-top touch: a power sliding cover for the cup holders.
The sharp creases, rippled hood and prominently geometric grille on the 2018 Cadillac CTS stand in sharp contrast -- literally -- to the softer curves of its European rivals. It stands out for all the right reasons, looking distinctive and luxurious, but also uniquely American. Cool exterior details include grille shutters that pragmatically close to help improve aerodynamics and fuel economy, and we particularly like the seamless aluminum trim around the side windows. At the rear, all CTS sedans feature dual-exhaust outlets.
Notable Standard Equipment
There are five trim levels for the 2018 Cadillac CTS sedan: base, Luxury, Premium Luxury, V-Sport and V-Sport Premium Luxury. The base model comes standard with the 2.0-liter turbo engine connected to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Also standard are things that are optional on many competitors, such as keyless entry, push-button start, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a solid-sounding 11-speaker Bose audio system with three USB inputs. CUE also doubles as a screen for the rearview camera, there's dual-zone climate control, and OnStar with 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi, and wireless charging for phones that can use it.
Notable Optional Equipment
A variety of upgrades awaits 2018 Cadillac CTS buyers. You can add navigation, leather seating with heated and ventilated fronts, adaptive cruise control, and a fully electronic instrument display to replace the standard needles-and-dials. There's also 3-zone automatic climate control, different styles of wood trim, adaptive cruise control, and a bird's-eye-view 360 monitor. Magnetic Ride Control improves handling remarkably without hurting the ride, and the Rear Camera Mirror provides a much wider view than the standard mirror. The Driver Awareness Package vibrates the seat when the car starts drifting out of a lane, or gets too close to an object when parking.
Under the Hood
The base engine on the 2018 Cadillac CTS is a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with 268 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. That compares nicely to the mid-level engine, a 3.6-liter V6 with 335 horsepower, but 285 lb-ft of torque. Both are offered with rear-wheel drive (RWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). All models use the same 8-speed automatic transmission, and it's a gem, responding quickly to the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
268 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
295 lb-ft of torque @ 1,700-5,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/30 mpg (RWD), 21/29 mpg (AWD)
335 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm
285 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/30 mpg (RWD), 19/27 mpg (AWD)
A 4-cylinder, rear-wheel-drive 2018 Cadillac CTS begins with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $47,300, including the $995 destination charge. All-wheel drive adds about $2,000 on models where it's available. Those prices are solidly competitive with the Audi A6 lineup, and thousands less than a BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Jaguar XF and Infiniti Q70. Even the Acura RLX and Lexus GS start slightly higher than the CTS. Before you purchase, check out the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their new Cadillac CTS and to help you get the best deal. The Cadillac's resale value is expected to be about average in this segment, trailing the standout Lexus GS.
Cadillac CTS Consumer Reviews
December 28, 2018
Great car plain and simple
A great looking and well engineered vehicle,iv always been a fan of cadillac ever since I drove the xts. The cts vsport has an amazing...
October 03, 2018
Love this car
Base model of the CTS. Even with the base 4 cylinder engine and the 8 speed automatic tranny, the performance is surprisingly good. And...
August 08, 2018
This vehicle puts a smile on my face every time I drive it. I have never driven a car so easy to drive on highway, tracks the road...
July 11, 2018
2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport- Love my car!!!
The vehicle has the looks of no other. The performance way above standard and the comfort that speaks luxury car. Excellent gas millage...
June 11, 2018
Classy, Head-Turning Design, and Great Performance
This car is an absolute pleasure to drive - plenty of power, and the car handles everything you throw at it. Its very composed, and...
March 26, 2018
Great car, awesome to drive.
Incredible driving experience for the money.
March 29, 2017
This is the best car I have ever owned. I was looking for a BMW 5. The Cadillac dealer was next door to the BMW. I just stopped into...
March 11, 2017
Nicest Car Ive Owned, Hands Down
Ive owned or leased many nice automobiles in my time and the current version of the Cadillac CTS is easily the nicest one of them all. ...
January 18, 2017
Best vehicle out of the 8 I have owned.
Extremely comfortable. Good pick up when needed in sports mode: enough to take on competing traffic on the on-ramp of a busy city...
NICKY THE DOG
December 17, 2016
LIKE A STEALTH BOMBER IN STYLE A DREAM TO DRIVE
YOU HAVE TO LOVE THE 2 DOOR CADILLAC CTS 4 IF YOU ENJOY LOOKS AND STRENGTH. THIS VEHICLE IS THE RIGHT SIZE WITH ENOUGH TOYS TO GET ANY...
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