2013 Cadillac CTS vs. Its Competition

2013 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

The original Cadillac CTS broke the European domination of the entry-luxury class, and the second-generation model, its latest example the 2013 CTS, continues the foray.

German and Japanese alternatives remain strong alternatives, however, including the likes of the Audi A4, which has a larger back seat in its latest generation, and a very well-executed interior.

BMW's 3-Series is all-new this year, and it brings a turbo four-cylinder engine and excellent fuel economy along with very good dynamics and a comely interior.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class also now offers a turbo four, and while it lacks the dynamics of the 3-Series, it is somewhat more comfortable, and in some ways, more luxurious.

The Lexus IS is more sedately styled than the CTS, but its interior is just as well-finished.

The Infiniti G37 is something of a Japanese equivalent to the CTS, with very good dynamics, even more available power, and a well-finished interior that just slightly misses the mark.

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Quick Specs
Strikingly handsome, fun to drive, well-built, and competitive on pricing and features, the 2013 Cadillac CTS continues the brand's good reputation.
Magnificent design and technology sets the Audi A4 apart, but it's not quite as sporty as its BMW and Cadillac competition.
The 2013 BMW 3-Series is safe, fuel-efficient, and well-connected, yet it delivers the class-leading performance and handling that enthusiasts have come to expect.
The 2013 Infiniti G37 offers some of the sensory thrills of a sports car, in a more practical sedan body style, although it's not as refined as other premium-brand alternatives.
The 2013 Lexus IS 250 and IS 350 look like exciting sport sedans--especially in F Sport guise--though they're not as fun to drive or even as fuel-efficient as other small sport sedans.
For those who are image-conscious yet value-conscious, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class sedans and coupes make a lot of sense.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4
EPA Class     
Subcompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsMidsize CarsSub-CompactCompact
Style Name     
2-Door Coupe RWD4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Prestige4-Door Sedan 320i RWD South Africa4-Door Journey RWD350 4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan C 250 Sport RWD
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
2 Door CoupeSedanSedan4 Door SedanSedan4 Door Sedan
AutomaticContinuously Variable RatioAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2013 Cadillac CTS vs. 2013 Audi A42013 Cadillac CTS vs. 2013 BMW 3-Series2013 Cadillac CTS vs. 2013 INFINITI G37 Sedan2013 Cadillac CTS vs. 2013 Lexus IS 3502013 Cadillac CTS vs. 2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class