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.
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|2012 Cadillac CTSBrowse Used Listings||2012 Audi A4Browse Used Listings||2012 BMW 3-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2012 Mercedes-Benz C ClassBrowse Used Listings|
|14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I4||Turbocharged Gas I4||Turbocharged Gas I4|
|Mid-Size||Compact Cars||Compact Cars||Compact|
|4-Door Sedan 3.0L RWD||4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium||4-Door Sedan 328i RWD||4-Door Sedan C 250 Sport RWD|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||Sedan||Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Manual||Continuously Variable Ratio||Manual||Automatic|
|Detailed Spec Comparison|
|2012 Cadillac CTS vs. 2012 Audi A4||2012 Cadillac CTS vs. 2012 BMW 3-Series||2012 Cadillac CTS vs. 2012 Mercedes-Benz C Class|