Poetry in Motion: 2011 Cadillac CTS Sport Sedan

December 16, 2010

Beauty may very well be in the eye of the beholder, but when it comes to fluid lines and overall striking good looks in family sedans, the consensus usually rules. Well, we’d like to think so, anyway. Glancing over the bevy of currently available sedans that families buy for everyday transportation – as well as spirited driving – there are a few that stand out in the awesome looks category. At Family Car Guide, we’ve managed to single out yet another contender for the poetry in motion series.

Witness: the 2011 Cadillac CTS Sport Sedan.

Now in its fourth model year of the second generation (which began with the 2008 model year), the 2011 Cadillac CTS sport sedan is riding the wave of a resurgence in design at General Motors. In fact, the CTS sport sedan has inspired offsprings such as the CTS Sport Wagon and hot-new CTS Coupe. In the uber-performance range, there are V-versions of each: CTS-V Sedan, CTS-V Coupe and CTS-V Wagon.

They’re all styling stunners. But we’ll just concentrate on the CTS Sport sedan, available in rear-wheel drive (RWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD). Both RWD and AWD are available with a choice of V-6 engines. With starting prices ranging from $35,165 to $53,970, it’s clear that the 2011 Cadillac CTS Sport sedan has a lot to appeal to a wide variety of consumer tastes.

Especially when it comes to styling.

Automotive reviewers are unanimous that the current-generation Cadillac CTS Sport sedan features cutting-edge design. The result is that’s a uniquely all-American styling -- combined with European-inspired tuning. More about performance later.

The CTS Sport sedan, which is aimed squarely at many of the luxury sedan segment class leaders, is larger than many of its competitors. Buyers of luxury sedans want to stand apart, or at least to own a vehicle that’s head and shoulders above the rest. Elegance, symmetry, smooth-flowing design, seamless integration of all external elements – that’s what’s important when a potential buyer looks at this type of vehicle. 

2011 Cadillac CTS Sport Sedan interior

2011 Cadillac CTS Sport Sedan interior

Under the hood

Two gasoline engines power the 2011 Cadillac CTS Sport sedan. There’s the 3.0-liter V-6 that delivers 270 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.  EPA-estimated fuel economy for the RWD is 16 mpg city/26 mpg highway (3.0L V6 and 3.0L V6 Luxury) and 18/27 mpg in the 3.0L V6 Performance. In AWD trims with the 3.0-liter V-6 engine, the numbers are 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway across the board.

Opt for the 3.6-liter V-6 and you are treated to 304 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway for RWD and 18/26 mpg for AWD.

Both engines can be equipped with either a six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic.

An inviting interior

Where to start? The cabin of the 2011 Cadillac CTS Sport sedan swathes driver and passengers in comfort and luxury. In fact, Cadillac paid a lot of attention to the sedan’s interior, making a lot of improvements in design and materials quality. It shows.

The list of standard equipment – including a full complement of the latest safety technology -- is quite long, even on the base RWD model. Ratchet up a bit to the upper trim levels of RWD or AWD, and the list gets even longer. How’s this? Hand cut-and-sewn leather accents, sapele wood trim, Bose 5.1 surround sound audio with ten speakers, available heated and ventilated seats, ventilated front seats, and leather seating surfaces.  There’s also a heated steering wheel, interior ambient lighting, an UltraView sunroof, and an eight-inch diagonal glide-up touch-screen navigation with voice recognition.

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