Best Family Luxury Coupes: Cadillac CTS Coupe

November 10, 2010

For many families searching for a luxury ride, often a coupe works better than a sedan. It may be a matter of style, or it may be preference. Whatever the reason, if you’re in the market for the best family luxury coupes, check out Family Car Guide’s weeklong series. Today we look at the all-new 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe.

Cadillac CTS Coupe

Reviewers have heaped praise on the Cadillac CTS sedan ever since its second-generation redesign for 2008. All-new for 2011, the Cadillac CTS Coupe is an extension of the blend of aggressive American style and European-inspired tuning. The CTS Coupe is definitely a head-turner, with its carved-out edges and aggressive stance, but many say it is outclassed by the Audi A5, BMW 335i, Infiniti G37 and Mercedes-Benz E350 – all similarly priced. That being said, this new Caddy CTS Coupe has captivated quite a few entry-level luxury coupe buyers who prefer its stylish good looks and aren’t after a blazing performance machine.

A mid-sized luxury coupe that seats four, the 2011 Cadillac CTS is available in rear-wheel drive (RWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) in three trim levels: base, performance and premium. Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail prices for RWD trims are $38,165 (base), $42,605 (performance), and $47,010 (premium). AWD trims carry starting MSRP of $40,065 (base), $44,505 (performance) and $48,910 (premium).

The sleek look of the CTS Coupe is enhanced by flush-mounted touch pads and keyless auto-touch door releases that unlock as the driver approaches the vehicle. Inside, there a luxurious touches everywhere, but the driver and front-seat passenger are likely to be more comfortable than passengers in the rear seats.

While The Car Connection has not yet completed a review of the 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe, editors have given it an overall 8.3 rating (out of 10).

Note that the 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe is also available in CTS-V Coupe. The CTS-V Coupe is a more high-performance model that is part of the CTS-V lineup (including sedan, coupe and wagon). CTS-V Coupe has starting MSRPs ranging from $63,465 to $71,675. It is competitive with BMW M3 and M6 and Audi S5.  

Performance and Fuel Economy

Power for the 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe comes from a 304-horsepower 3.6-liter direct-injection V-6 engine with variable valve timing (VVT) that produces 273 pound-feet of torque at 5200 rpm. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard across the board. EPA-estimated fuel economy in both RWD and AWD models is 17 mpg city/26 mpg highway.

Integrated dual center exhausts further add to the Cadillac CTS Coupe’s aggressive look.

Standard features on all trims include four-wheel disc brakes, four-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic stability control, traction control, and tire pressure monitoring system.

The Cadillac CTS Coupe offers a sporty ride quality that’s a lot like its European rivals, although it can be a bit harsh with summer tire performance package. The V-6 is smooth and the automatic transmission shifts silkily. Drivers who want more responsiveness can utilize sport or manual mode to wind up the V-6 to the upper tach levels. Or, step up to the CTS-V Coupe for the ultimate in performance.

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