Compare 2012 Cadillac CTS vs 2012 Lexus IS

2012 Cadillac CTS
2012 Lexus IS
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2-Door Coupe AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
CTS Coupe 2-Door Coupe AWD 18 27 $38,381 $40,615
CTS Coupe 2-Door Coupe Performance AWD 18 27 $43,328 $45,850
CTS Coupe 2-Door Coupe Performance RWD 18 27 $41,532 $43,950
CTS Coupe 2-Door Coupe Premium AWD 18 27 $47,297 $50,050
CTS Coupe 2-Door Coupe Premium RWD 18 27 $45,501 $48,150
CTS Coupe 2-Door Coupe RWD 18 27 $36,585 $38,715
CTS Sedan 4-Door Sedan 3.0L AWD 18 27 $36,963 $39,115
CTS Sedan 4-Door Sedan 3.0L Luxury AWD 18 27 $39,926 $42,250
CTS Sedan 4-Door Sedan 3.0L Luxury RWD 16 26 $36,902 $39,050
CTS Sedan 4-Door Sedan 3.0L RWD 16 26 $33,939 $35,915
CTS Sedan 4-Door Sedan 3.6L Performance AWD 18 26 $41,759 $44,190
CTS Sedan 4-Door Sedan 3.6L Performance RWD 18 27 $39,964 $42,290
CTS Sedan 4-Door Sedan 3.6L Premium AWD 18 26 $47,429 $50,190
CTS Sedan 4-Door Sedan 3.6L Premium RWD 18 27 $45,634 $48,290
CTS Wagon 5-Door Wgn 3.0L AWD 18 26 $38,664 $40,915
CTS Wagon 5-Door Wgn 3.0L Luxury AWD 18 26 $41,627 $44,050
CTS Wagon 5-Door Wgn 3.0L Luxury RWD 18 27 $39,831 $42,150
CTS Wagon 5-Door Wgn 3.0L RWD 18 27 $36,869 $39,015
CTS Wagon 5-Door Wgn 3.6L Performance AWD 18 26 $43,555 $46,090
CTS Wagon 5-Door Wgn 3.6L Performance RWD 18 26 $41,759 $44,190
CTS Wagon 5-Door Wgn 3.6L Premium AWD 18 26 $48,809 $51,650
CTS Wagon 5-Door Wgn 3.6L Premium RWD 18 26 $47,013 $49,750
CTS-V Coupe 2-Door Coupe 14 19 $59,106 $63,215
CTS-V Sedan 4-Door Sedan 14 19 $59,106 $63,215
CTS-V Wagon 5-Door Wgn 6.2L 14 19 $59,106 $63,215
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4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
IS 250 4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic AWD 20 27 $34,805 $37,425
IS 250 4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic RWD 21 30 $32,518 $34,965
IS 250 4-Door Sport Sedan Manual RWD 19 28 $31,430 $33,795
IS 250C 2-Door Conv Automatic 21 30 $39,396 $42,360
IS 250C 2-Door Conv Manual 19 28 $38,308 $41,190
IS 350 4-Door Sedan AWD 18 26 $39,694 $42,680
IS 350 4-Door Sedan RWD 19 27 $37,403 $40,220
IS 350C 2-Door Conv 19 27 $43,374 $46,640
IS F 4-Door Sedan 16 23 $57,009 $61,300
Pricing
Invoice Price
$38,381
$34,805
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$40,615
$37,425
Monthly Payment Estimate
$677 / month
$624 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
7.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
It has a styling leg up, and the 2012 Cadillac CTS backs up its looks with good dynamics, good build quality and a competitive set of body styles and options. The 2012 Lexus IS 250 and IS 350 aren't as focused and fun to drive as sport sedans from BMW or Infiniti, though especially in F Sport guise they still look great.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Sub-Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
35.0 30.6
Front Head Room (in)
36.9 37.2
Second Hip Room (in)
47.7 53.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.0 54.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
99.0 88.3
Second Head Room (in)
34.6 36.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
50.9 52.7
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 43.9
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.5 54.1
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.1 70.9
Track Width, Front (in)
62.0 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.3
Length, Overall (in)
188.5 180.3
Height, Overall (in)
56.0 56.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.0 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
113.4 107.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.5 13.0
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.4 x 1.2 11.6 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.4 x 0.9 11.4 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.0 17.2
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.26 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
19.1 14.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.4 35.5
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P265/45R18 P225/45VR17
Rear Tire Order Code
QYO NA
Front Tire Size
P235/50R18 P225/45VR17
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
QYO NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4096 3651
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 17 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 9.0 17 x 8.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.9 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 100
Engine
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
275 @ 4900 185 @ 4800
Engine Order Code
LFX NA
Displacement
3.6L/217 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
318 @ 6800 204 @ 6400
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 20
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.16 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 0.58
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.06 3.52
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.55 1.40
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.06 3.22
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.37 2.04
Trans Order Code
MX7 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.23 4.10
Summary
Vehicle Name
Cadillac CTS Coupe Lexus IS 250
Body Style
2 Door Coupe Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.94 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.30 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Double Wishbone
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.9 8.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 5
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
--
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
--
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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