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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Four stars frontal for the driver, five stars in all other tests
Top "good" ratings in all tests
awkward driving position and compromised rear visibility
rear camera is "quite helpful
The 2010 Cadillac CTS' safety is not quite best in class, but it's deemed very good by the agencies and auto Web sites reviewing its crash-test performance.
The 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Sedan / Wagon earns four stars for driver-side front impacts from NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), and five stars in the front-passenger and in both side-impact tests. The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) gives the CTS "good" ratings for impacts front and side, and the CTS is on their Top Safety Pick list.
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. Edmunds observes the airbags include "full-length side curtain airbags." OnStar is standard.
Adaptive lighting and parking sensors are available as options on the 2010 CTS.
So is all-wheel drive, which ForbesAutos says "is fast becoming a must-have in parts of the country that see snow."
Visibility is a major issue in both versions of the 2010 CTS. "The view of the road in the inside mirror is partially blocked by headrests, the rear wiper, and the substantial D-pillars," Automobile reports, while Edmunds refers to the "compromised rear visibility." The CTS Sport Wagon's thick rear header "intrudes into the cargo area," Motor Trend observes, "making the optional nav system's rear camera screen quite helpful."
The 2010 Cadillac CTS gets very good safety scores, but they're not perfect, which leads to a slightly lower rating from TheCarConnection.com.