2014 Cadillac CTS vs. Its Competition

2014 Cadillac CTS Live Photos
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

A new Cadillac CTS, bigger and brasher, means a renewed clash of some luxury-car titans.

The CTS looks like it's gunning right for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, which has variety in its corner--all kinds of body styles, from sedan to coupe to wagon to cabriolet, not to mention hybrid and diesel powertrains and a sizzling AMG edition.

The BMW 5-Series isn't far behind in its triple-threat status, though the latest M5 hasn't been as happily received as the past versions.

Audi's A6 (and the hatchback iteration, the A7) come in front- or all-wheel drive, wrapped in their own slinky style statement--and they're fitted with geeky stuff like in-car 3G connectivity and Google Earth mapping.

The Lexus GS has an F Sport that finally approaches the Germans for handling finesse, and Infiniti's M sedan has always impressed us with its balanced handling and its glamorous cabin--where else can you get wood trim polished with silver dust?

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The 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan scales up the ATS' handsome profile and spot-on handling, and tops it off with a winning Vsport edition.
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Brilliance takes many forms in the Audi A6: the diesel-driven TDI, the supercharged A6, or the turbocharged S6 all stand out in ways the sedate body doesn't quite match.
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The 2014 BMW 5-Series is simultaneously a classic sport sedan and a technology-packed grand tourer.
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The 2014 Infiniti Q70 sedan range is fast, fun-to-drive, better to look at, and comfortable--a world-class combination.
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The 2014 Lexus GS has more distinction and better handling to match improved connectivity; even so, it's still playing catch-up.
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What, me worry? The Mercedes-Benz E-Class reasserts its alpha status with a tighter forehead, a greener turbodiesel, and a pair of all-wheel-drive AMGs.
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