2018 Cadillac CTS Buyer's Guide
A Technical Knockout
Taut, angular and inherently American, the Cadillac CTS is a strong contender in the sport sedan segment. Going up against well-established heavyweights like the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class -- both all-new last year -- and the Audi A6 -- new for 2019 -- the CTS may seem like an underdog. But it isn't. The CTS has powerful engines, beautifully crafted interiors, and some of the freshest technology available. Cadillac offers the CUE infotainment system, wireless phone charging, a wi-fi hotspot, and a bounty of advanced safety features. Achieving all of this at a starting price that's at or below that of its competitors, the CTS is a challenger you can't count out.
From our 2018 Cadillac CTS full review: "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."
Build and Price
The CTS starts at just over $47,000 and can top $79,000 for a fully loaded CTS V-Sport Premium Luxury. Build and price your own 2018 Cadillac CTS right here at KBB.com to unlock its current Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.
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Serving as the American rival to the likes of the Mercedes-AMG, BMW M and Audi S line high-performance brands, the Cadillac CTS-V sedan is powered by a 640-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8. The CTS-V uses carbon fiber body components, Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer tires, and Brembo brakes, and incorporates features like launch control and a Performance Traction Management system. Splitting the difference in performance between the CTS and the CTS-V is the V-Sport, which is motivated by a 420-horsepower twin-turbo V6.
From the Owners
KBB.com visitor and CTS owner Bob aboutbob had this to say about the Cadillac CTS: "Extremely comfortable. Good pick up when needed in sports mode: enough to take on competing traffic on the on-ramp of a busy city highway. Enough room in back seat unless everybody is 6' tall. If all four passengers are tall, then it's good enough for the city but a little too small for a road trip." Read more consumer reviews of the Cadillac CTS.
The CTS may be more fun than the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, but that title comes with a compromise in ride comfort. Check out the rest of the segment in KBB's Midsize Luxury Sedan Buyer's Guide.
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