Cadillac’s CTS series gives domestic car shoppers an alternative to European sedans, coupes and station wagons. It’s snagged its share of awards over the years, making Cars and Driver’s 10 Best List and Automobile’s All-Stars list.
It gets even better for the 2012 model year. First, all CTS models now come equipped with Bluetooth phone integration as a standard feature, and the front end gets updated with a new grille and Cadillac crest. The grille now features a premium finish that highlights the detail of the frame and background mesh. Cadillac’s Wreath & Crest logo gets updated as well, and now features brighter colors and raised edges to give it a multidimensional appearance. The new grille and logo is meant to give the car a more polished appearance, and will be used on all 2012 CTS sedans, coupes and wagons.
The bigger news is that Cadillac found a way to squeeze 14 more horsepower from their 3.6-liter, V-6 engine, which also loses 20.5 pounds compared to last year. To bump up the output, Cadillac gave the new engine an improved intake port design, larger intake valves and a longer duration intake camshaft. Despite the additional horsepower, fuel economy remains unchanged from last year, so the 2012 CTS sedan still gets 18 miles per gallon city and 27 miles per gallon highway when equipped with the 3.6-liter V-6.
Cadillac is also introducing a new “Touring Package” for 2012, which includes a dark finish grille, metal pedal covers, suede seat inserts, suede steering wheel, suede shift knob, dark Sapele wood interior trim and unique wheels. Touring Package equipped CTS models with the 3.6-liter V-6 also get Recaro front seats, which remain unavailable on 3.0-liter CTS models.