2012 Cadillac CTS vs. Its Competition

2012 Cadillac CTS Touring Edition
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Want to shatter the European domination of the entry-luxury class? The CTS can help, though you may want to shop around at some of the hardware from Germany and Japan anyway.

The Audi A4's a strong seller, and in this generation it's more functional, with a bigger back seat.

The BMW 3-Series is in its last model year before a new generation arrives in 2013, but it's still the handling benchmark for the class--though the Infiniti G37 lineup of coupe, convertible and sedan comes close.

The Lexus IS has sedate styling and a well-finished interior, as does the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which gets a new turbo four base engine for the 2012 model year.

Almost all of these vehicles also comes in a spicy version akin to the Cadillac CTS-V, too--no matter whether it's an S4, M3, IRL, IS-F or C63.

2012 Cadillac CTS Touring Edition2012 Cadillac CTS
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2012 Audi A4 4-door Avant Wagon Auto quattro 2.0T Premium Angular Front Exterior View2012 Audi A4
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2012 Mercedes-Benz C Class2012 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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Quick Specs
8.4
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.
8.2
The 2012 Audi A4 provides an engaging driving experience, impressive in-cabin technology, and surprisingly great fuel efficiency—making it a good everyday driver among premium sedans.
8.4
Despite the weight gain, the BMW M3's still one of the most stunning performance vehicles we've driven.
8.2
With a new base four-cylinder engine, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class makes even more sense for value-conscious (yet image-conscious) luxury shoppers.
MSRP From   
$35,915$32,500$34,900$34,800
Gas Mileage   
14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4
EPA Class   
Mid-SizeCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan 3.0L RWD4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan 328i RWD4-Door Sedan C 250 Sport RWD
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door SedanSedanSedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission   
ManualContinuously Variable RatioManualAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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