2011 Cadillac CTS vs. Its Competition

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan 4-door Sedan Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior 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 M3 performance package2011 BMW 3-Series
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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.
Stunning performance is still the calling card for the 2011 BMW M3; the weight it's gained may just be a sign of its success.
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Gas Mileage  
14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas I4Gas I6
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Style Name  
4-Door Sedan 3.0L RWD4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan 328i RWD
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Detailed Spec Comparison
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