Cadillac has positioned the new 2014 CTS sedan as more of a direct competitor to the mid-size German luxury sedans, and it's equipping the four-door with features that outpoint most of that transatlantic crowd. The new CTS will start from $46,025 including the $925 destination fee; the 420-horsepower, twin-turbo V-6 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport will start from $59,995.
By way of comparison, the CTS' $46,025 base price is $1,800 lower than the 2013 5-Series Sedan's; $5,875 lower than the 2013 E-Class Sedan's; and $3,825 more than the 2013 A6 Sedan's starting price.
Cadillac sells the CTS in Premium, Performance, and Luxury editions. All have AM/FM/XM/CD audio; automatic climate control; power windows, mirrors, and locks; and Bluetooth with audio streaming.
A touchscreen interface dubbed CUE governs the CTS' infotainment system. It responds to pinches, swipes, and zooms, as well as proximity. With all those dazzling features and its crisp, colorful screens, it should be a knockout. It isn't. Voice commands get spotty recognition, and the swipe and tap functions probably would be better served by hard buttons. CUE can also be run by steering-wheel switches that display functions in the gauges--or on some models, replace the gauges entirely.
Key features on the CTS include parking assist, ambient lighting, heated and ventilated 20-way adjustable front seats, Bose Centerpoint audio, and remote start. The real sign you've arrived? The CTS has a power-operated cover for its cupholders.
Read our most recent full review on the carry-over Cadillac CTS Coupe, Wagon, and CTS-V