2012 Cadillac CTS-V vs. Its Competition

2012 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe 2-door Coupe Angular Front Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Closer in size to the mid-size Germans, the Cadillac CTS-V is priced against more compact sports cars.

A chief rival is BMW's M3 lineup of sedans, coupes and convertibles, brilliant performers with V-8 power and hefty curb weights.

The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG is another paddle-shifted, mega-watt offering, this year with a new coupe body style added to the lineup.

The Lexus IS-F competes on paper, but its interior isn't quite up to snuff, and its eight-speed transmission is a shifty piece--and it's sedan-only.

The Audi S4 is a bit shy on performance, and its supercharged V-6 sounds coarse compared to the Caddy or BMW or Benz, but it's more of a bargain, and has standard all-wheel drive.

Lastly, there's the Infiniti G37 IPL, a more sporty version of the G lineup that's not quite as transformed as the other superheated sports sedans, coupes and convertibles in this class.

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Quick Specs
8.8
With its ZR1-derived powertrain, the 2012 Cadillac CTS-V stuffs 'Vette excitement into a track-ready Cadillac coupe, wagon or sedan.
8.2
For those who like what they see in the pert Audi A4 sport sedan but want an emphasis on the 'sport'—without giving up any practicality—the 2012 Audi S4 is the way to go.
8.6
Despite the weight gain, the BMW M3's still one of the most stunning performance vehicles we've driven.
7.8
Forget that the 2012 Infiniti G Sedans are somewhat practical four-door designs; they can provide all the sensory thrills and dynamic satisfaction of full-fledged sports cars.
7.8
The 2012 Lexus IS F is a unique take on the luxury/performance formula, and will appeal to those that find the Germans too performance-focused.
8.2
With a new base four-cylinder engine, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class makes even more sense for value-conscious (yet image-conscious) luxury shoppers.
MSRP From     
$63,215$47,300$60,100$36,900$61,300$34,800
Gas Mileage     
14 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Supercharged Gas V8Gas Supercharged V6Gas V8Gas V6Gas V8Turbocharged Gas I4
EPA Class     
Small Station WagonCompact CarsSubcompact CarsMidsize CarsSub-CompactCompact
Style Name     
5-Door Wagon 6.2L4-Door Sedan Manual Premium Plus2-Door Coupe4-Door Journey RWDF 4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan C250 Sport RWD
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveAll wheel driveRear Wheel DriveRear-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
554545
Passenger Doors     
4N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
5 Door WagonSedanCoupe4 Door SedanSedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
ManualManualManualAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic