With Top Safety Pick status from the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) in Sedan form, the 2012 Cadillac CTS scores high marks in passenger safety. The Sedan and Sport Wagon also score five-star ratings from the NHTSA in front and side-impact crash tests. The Coupe hasn't been rated by the NHTSA, but the IIHS gives all CTS models top marks of "good."
In addition to the strong crash-test ranks, the 2012 CTS also comes with a healthy set of standard and optional safety equipment, including: six airbags; traction and stability control; optional all-wheel drive (which is standard on the Sport Wagon); optional adaptive lighting; available parking sensors; and an optional rearview backup camera.
In any CTS, but especially the Coupe, rearward visibility can be compromised by the chunky rear roof pillars. The sedans suffer the least from this issue.
Excellent safety scores and a strong set of standard safety equipment make the 2012 CTS a top choice, but rearward visibility may be an issue for some.