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The 2011 Cadillac CTS has mostly good safety scores and a full set of safety features, but rearward visibility could be an issue.
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'Good,' frontal offset; 'good,' side impact, 'good,' roof strength; Top Safety Pick

Not yet tested

the raked rear window and chunky C-pillar make for obstructive blind spots

From the driver’s seat, there’s the expected C-pillar blind spot
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The 2011 Cadillac CTS doesn't miss many marks with respect to safety. In fact, it's an IIHS Top Safety Pick, with top 'good' results from the IIHS in frontal offset, side impact, and roof strength tests. Although the CTS hasn't yet been rated by the federal government in its revised 2011-model-year crash-test procedures, NHTSA gave the 2010 Cadillac CTS five stars for side impact and four and five stars for frontal impact (just four for the driver).

Standard safety equipment includes six airbags, as well as traction and stability control; all-wheel drive is an option on CTS Sport Sedans, standard on CTS Sport Wagons.

Adaptive lighting and parking sensors are available as options on the CTS.

Visibility can be a major issue in both versions of the 2011 CTS. Sedans aren't too bad, but the CTS Sport Wagon's thick rear header can get in the way, and rearward vision leaves a lot to be desired in CTS Coupes.


The 2011 Cadillac CTS has mostly good safety scores and a full set of safety features, but rearward visibility could be an issue.

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