2011 Cadillac CTS vs. Its Competition

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan 4-door Sedan Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

If you're looking for something that breaks the cookie-cutter mold of Germans and Japanese rivals, this is it.

The luxury brands have converged on a model for success, and for all the vehicles mentioned here, there's a choice of engines, transmissions, drivetrains, and body styles.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Lexus iS are the most conservatively styled in the group, with sedate, well-finished interiors-and a wild side in their respective C63 and IS-F forms.

The BMW 3-Series is a perennial here, with everything from diesel power to ripping M3 acceleration in the cards.

The Infiniti G37's not far off the BMW benchmark of ride and handling, and it looks better to many eyes, too.

The Audi A4 has grown into a larger body, and spins off coupe and crossover versions as the A5 and Q5.

Meanwhile, the sedan and wagon bring highly detailed cabins and all-wheel drive to the party, though Audi's fantastic S-tronic dual-clutch gearbox is nowhere to be found.

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan 4-door Sedan Angular Front Exterior View2011 Cadillac CTS
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2011 Audi A4 4-door Wagon Auto 2.0T Avant quattro Premium  Plus Angular Front Exterior View2011 Audi A4
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2011 BMW 3-Series 4-door Sedan 335i RWD Angular Front Exterior View2011 BMW 3-Series
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2011 Infiniti G37 Sedan 4-door Journey RWD Angular Front Exterior View2011 INFINITI G37 Sedan
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2011 Lexus IS F 4-door Sedan Angular Front Exterior View2011 Lexus IS 350
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Quick Specs
Attention-getting style, solid driving dynamics, quality materials, and a very competitive price put the entire 2011 Cadillac CTS lineup on level-or-better footing with most of the competition.
With strong performance, good practicality, and respectable fuel economy, the attractively styled 2011 Audi A4 strikes a great balance for an everyday-driving sport sedan.
The 2011 BMW 3-Series continues the tradition of excellent handling, brisk performance, and high quality, though its relatively compact size does result in some compromises.
The 2011 Infiniti G Sedans remain one of the top choices driving enthusiasts willing to sacrifice a little comfort for responsiveness and poise.
The 2011 Lexus IS 350 and IS 350 look and drive like sport sedans, but they're not as performance-oriented as sport sedans from BMW or Infiniti.
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4-Door Sedan 3.0L RWD4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV4-Door Journey RWD350 4-Door Sedan RWD
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear-Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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