Compare 2012 Cadillac CTS vs 2012 BMW 3-Series

2012 Cadillac CTS
2012 BMW 3-Series
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4-Door Sedan 3.0L RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 3.0L RWD 16 26 $33,939 $35,915
2-Door Coupe RWD 18 27 $36,585 $38,715
5-Door Wagon 3.0L RWD 18 27 $36,869 $39,015
4-Door Sedan 3.0L RWD Luxury 16 26 $36,902 $39,050
4-Door Sedan 3.0L AWD 18 27 $36,963 $39,115
2-Door Coupe AWD 18 27 $38,381 $40,615
5-Door Wagon 3.0L AWD 18 26 $38,664 $40,915
5-Door Wagon 3.0L RWD Luxury 18 27 $39,831 $42,150
4-Door Sedan 3.0L AWD Luxury 18 27 $39,926 $42,250
4-Door Sedan 3.6L RWD Performance 18 27 $39,964 $42,290
2-Door Coupe RWD Performance 18 27 $41,532 $43,950
5-Door Wagon 3.0L AWD Luxury 18 26 $41,627 $44,050
4-Door Sedan 3.6L AWD Performance 18 26 $41,759 $44,190
5-Door Wagon 3.6L RWD Performance 18 26 $41,759 $44,190
2-Door Coupe AWD Performance 18 27 $43,328 $45,850
5-Door Wagon 3.6L AWD Performance 18 26 $43,555 $46,090
2-Door Coupe RWD Premium 18 27 $45,501 $48,150
4-Door Sedan 3.6L RWD Premium 18 27 $45,634 $48,290
5-Door Wagon 3.6L RWD Premium 18 26 $47,013 $49,750
2-Door Coupe AWD Premium 18 27 $47,297 $50,050
4-Door Sedan 3.6L AWD Premium 18 26 $47,429 $50,190
5-Door Wagon 3.6L AWD Premium 18 26 $48,809 $51,650
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4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 328i 23 34 $32,110 $34,900
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 328i 23 34 $32,110 $34,900
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i 23 34 $32,110 $34,900
4-Door Sports Wagon RWD 328i 17 26 $34,500 $37,500
2-Door Coupe RWD 328i 18 28 $35,605 $38,700
2-Door Coupe RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $35,605 $38,700
4-Door Sports Wagon AWD 328i xDrive 17 25 $36,340 $39,500
2-Door Coupe AWD 328i xDrive 17 25 $37,170 $40,400
2-Door Coupe AWD SULEV 328i xDrive 17 25 $37,170 $40,400
4-Door Sedan RWD 335i 20 30 $39,010 $42,400
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 335i 20 30 $39,010 $42,400
2-Door Coupe RWD 335i 19 28 $41,490 $45,100
2-Door Coupe AWD 335i xDrive 19 26 $43,055 $46,800
2-Door Convertible 328i 18 28 $43,790 $47,600
2-Door Convertible SULEV 328i 18 28 $43,790 $47,600
2-Door Coupe RWD 335is 18 26 $47,930 $52,100
2-Door Convertible 335i 19 28 $49,495 $53,800
2-Door Convertible 335is 18 26 $55,935 $60,800
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,939
$32,110
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$35,915
$34,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$599 / month
$582 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
It has a styling leg up, and the 2012 Cadillac CTS backs up its looks with good dynamics, good build quality and a competitive set of body styles and options. The 2012 BMW 3-Series delivers the class-leading sport-sedan performance and handling enthusiasts have come to expect, yet it makes substantial improvements in fuel-efficiency, active safety, and connectivity.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
53.0 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.7 55.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
98.0 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 37.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 42.0
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.7 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
36.1 35.1
Front Head Room (in)
38.8 40.3
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61.8 60.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
191.3 182.5
Height, Overall (in)
58.0 56.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.3 60.3
Wheelbase (in)
113.4 110.6
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.5 71.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.6 17.0
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
Yes 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.4 x 1.0 - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.4 x 1.26 - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.0 15.8
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.4 15.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 - TBD -
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
QCH NA
Front Tire Size
P235/55HR17 P225/50R17
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
QCH NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/55HR17 P225/50R17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3858 3406
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
223 @ 5700 255 @ 1250 - 4800
Engine Order Code
LFW NA
Displacement
3.0L/183 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
270 @ 7000 240 @ 5000
Engine Type
Gas V6 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
SIDI Direct Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 27
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.79 0.68
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.15 4.71
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.53 2.11
Trans Type
6 8
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.67 3.35
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.33 3.14
Trans Order Code
MN6 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.42 3.91
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.15 1.67
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic w/Manual Shift
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.00
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Summary
Vehicle Name
Cadillac CTS Sedan BMW 3 Series
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.94 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent multi-link 5-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Independent SLA MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.71 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 6
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.8 6.7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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