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Reviewed by Marty Padgett
Editorial Director, The Car Connection
Quick Take
The new CTS can keep up with Mercedes and BMW competitors without mimicking them, and boasts some of the top tech features in its class. Read more »
Decision Guide
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“…interiors from BMW and Mercedes seem cold and austere in comparison…” »

“...headlights and taillights sport unique, vertical light pipes that will easily identify the car at night...”


“The fast-sloping roofline is almost coupelike in profile.”

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Pricing and Specifications by Style
$33,675 $35,975
4-Door Sedan AWD w/1SA
Gas Mileage 17 mpg City/25 mpg Hwy
Engine Gas V6, 3.6L
EPA Class Mid-Size
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style 4dr Car
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The Basics:’s car experts read all the competitive reviews on the new Cadillac CTS sedan to produce this conclusive review, and to give enthusiastic approval of the new CTS. also drove the car to be able to give you an expert opinion on the car, and to help you figure out the truth where other car reviews might differ.

The CTS sport sedan is Cadillac’s entry-level vehicle in the United States. It was introduced in the 2003 model year, and this year gets thoroughly revised exterior styling and an entirely new interior, along with a new direct-injected 3.6-liter V-6 hitting 304 horsepower. A 263-hp version of the engine remains an option, and all-wheel drive is newly available across the lineup.

As part of its completely revamped interior, which boasts high-quality upholstery and trim a step better than those usually found in this class, the CTS now offers an advanced Infotainment system with the ability to rip CDs or record and play back radio broadcasts, and its navigation system now incorporates the XM NavTraffic feature.


  • World-class handling and braking
  • Against-the-grain exterior styling
  • High-quality materials and construction
  • Top-tech features


  • No integrated Bluetooth hands-free interface
  • Cluttered interior design
  • Clunky manual transmission
  • Heavyweight status means it’s not quite as fast as the competition
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