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CARFAX — Your Vehicle History Expert
Sometimes what you don't know can't hurt you, but that's not the case when buying a used car. As an independent vehicle history provider, at CARFAX we've made it our mission to tell you everything you need to know by uncovering as many events as possible from the previous life of a used car. Our primary goal is to help you get to know your next car from the inside out before deciding to make an investment that will be part of you and your family's everyday life. We believe your next car shouldn't be hiding anything from you.
CARFAX Vehicle History Reports contain over 28 billion historical records from 20 European countries, the US and Canada, which are updated daily with new information.
Even if you live in a country we don't collect vehicle data from, it's still always worth checking the Vehicle Identification Number without obligation. The used car import and export market is booming and many owners would be surprised to find out exactly what happened to their vehicle during its previous life abroad.
Privacy for Customers — Transparency over Vehicles
Let's be clear: Although we strive to find every detail of a vehicle's life so far, we are focused only on the vehicle's history, and do not collect any information on previous owners. The information we provide relates solely to the vehicle, its odometer reading, any accidents that have been covered up, where the vehicle comes from and much more — it never gets personal. We've uncovered irreparable damage several times in the past, but other times our vehicle history checks draw a blank — and sometimes that's actually a good thing.
Second Hand — Not Second Best
Did you know that considerably more used cars are sold than new cars? We think this second-hand system is nothing short of fantastic. However, it goes without saying that it gives rise to different methods and tactics: Some sellers will disguise a car that's been in an accident under a fresh coat of paint, tamper with the odometer or conceal theft. This is one of the less appealing aspects of buying second hand. Our goal is to establish trusting relationships between buyers and sellers, since this is the best way to help customers make the right decision. Your new car should be reliable and make you feel safe, as well as make you feel like you haven't paid too much.
But more than anything else, we don't want you or your family unknowingly sitting behind the wheel of a vehicle that isn't 100% safe. This is why we strive to take these vehicles off the road, which not only makes the used car market safer but our streets safer too.
CARFAX — 35+ Years of Experience in Vehicle Histories
CARFAX was founded in the US in 1984 and expanded into Europe in 2007. Around 100 team members spread across six European offices process vehicle information from 22 countries.
Fostering strategic partnerships with registration authorities, law enforcement agencies, government departments, insurance companies, inspection centers and numerous other leading companies around the world has enabled us to compile a unique international database for vehicle histories. We use this database to help make the used car market more transparent. We give everyone in the process of buying a used car access to what is currently the world's most comprehensive source for vehicle history reports, and is growing day by day.
We remain neutral and independent despite our partnerships — our sole purpose is help customers make an informed choice and ensure their safety and the safety of their family. This includes never collecting any personal details — we do not accept any PII from data sources amongst the information we provide about a vehicle. We ensure that data protection laws are observed at all times. Furthermore, we always collect our data in compliance with legal and regulatory frameworks — in all the countries in which we are active. We expressly distance ourselves from illegal activities such as data theft, scraping and hacking.
New for 2016
- CTS-V with supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine rated at 640 hp (see separate CTS-V release for complete details)
- All-new 3.6L direct injection V-6 engine with Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and fuel-saving stop/start technology
- New eight-speed automatic transmission (8L45) matched with the 3.6L V-6 and 2.0L Turbo engine
- Fuel-saving stop/start technology included on the 2.0L Turbo engine
- Surround Vision 360-degree camera system
- New 17- and 18-inch wheel designs
- Cadillac CUE enhancements, including Apple CarPlay capability
- New premium exterior colours: Cocoa Bronze Metallic, Moonstone Metallic, Stellar Black Metallic
- Revised interior colour and trim combinations
2016 CADILLAC CTS SEDAN OFFERS NEXT-GEN 3.6L V-6 ENGINE AND ALL-NEW EIGHT-SPEED PADDLE-SHIFT AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
The centerpiece of Cadillac’s expanded and elevated portfolio, the midsize CTS is the fullest realization of the brand’s transformation and a compelling blend of performance and luxury. The 2016 edition of CTS features significant enhancements in performance, efficiency and connectivity.
A completely new, next-generation V-6 engine joins the CTS product line in 2016. The new 3.6L engine is expected to increase fuel economy up to 9 percent, while also delivering more power and performance.
The mid-level engine option for CTS features cylinder deactivation, a technology that conserves fuel by seamless switching to four-cylinder power when engine demands are light or moderate. It also includes Stop/Start, a technology that shuts off the engine (and resumes automatically) at stop lights or in traffic congestion, saving fuel and emissions. Stop/Start is also on the standard 2.0T engine.
With a striking design and lightweight, rear-wheel-drive-based architecture, the CTS stands out among competitors. It is lighter than its primary competitors, enabling the most agile driving dynamics in the class, and its range of power-dense powertrains underpins its performance.
A roomy, driver-centric cockpit interior with integrated technology through Cadillac CUE and hand-crafted appointments complements the exterior and supports the CTS sedan’s driving experience. Eight interior environments are offered, each trimmed with authentic wood, carbon fibre or aluminum. Leather seating is available, including available full semi-aniline leather, with hand-crafted, cut-and-sewn executions.
An all-new 3.6L V-6 engine debuts in the 2016 CTS, ushering in new benchmarks for efficiency, refinement and durability. The fourth-generation, clean-sheet engine redesign incorporates new features, including Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and Stop/Start technology to enhance fuel economy up to a GM-estimated 9 percent when compared to the previous engine.
The new engine is expected to lead its segment in fuel economy and non-boosted V-6 power.
The CTS pairs an all-new Hydra-Matic 8L45 paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission with the 3.6L V-6, elevating the driving experience with one of the luxury market’s smoothest, quietest and most efficient powertrain combinations.
The Cadillac 2.0L Turbo returns in the CTS for 2016, adding the fuel-saving Stop/Start feature. It also is matched with the new 8L45 eight-speed automatic transmission.
Also new for 2016 are revised 17- and 18-inch wheel designs and three premium exterior colours – Cocoa Bronze Metallic, Moonstone Metallic and Stellar Black Metallic. Inside, a Surround Vision 360 degree camera provides a “bird’s eye” view of the entire vehicle, the Cadillac Cue brings a more intuitive design and several new interior colour/trim options enhance the ambience of the design.
The 2016 CTS lineup is offered in well-equipped standard models, as well as Luxury, Performance and Premium Collections. The CTS and Vsport models return unchanged for 2016. The Vsport features the Cadillac Twin Turbo V-6 as its exclusive powertrain. It helps the CTS Vsport reach 96 km/h (60 mph) in an estimated 4.4 seconds and achieve an estimated top speed of 277 km/h (172 mph).
Cadillac also introduces the third-generation CTS-V for 2016. It introduces a new supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine SAE certified at 640 horsepower (477 kW) and 630 lb-ft of torque (855 Nm). It’s backed by the Hydra-Matic 8L90 paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission featuring launch control and Performance Algorithm Shifting. See the separate CTS-Vrelease for complete details.
New tech features, CUE enhancements
Cadillac’s CUE has been revised to function more intuitively while providing connectivity and information on a high-resolution eight-inch touch screen. A new higher-speed processor for 2016 will deliver crisper response to all aspects of the car’s connectivity, information and entertainment features.
New Apple CarPlay capability is a segment exclusive. The phone integration technology puts iPhone features (iPhone 5 and later) on the CUE display in a smart, simple manner. Many features can be controlled via voice commands through a steering wheel button, helping drivers keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
Apple CarPlay takes the iPhone features most owners want to access while driving and puts them on the vehicle’s display to allow them to make calls, send and receive messages and listen to music right from the touchscreen or by voice via Siri. Apple CarPlay-supported apps include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music and compatible third-party apps. A full list of those apps can be found at Apple.com/ios/carplay.
Android Auto compatibility will be available later in the 2016 model year.
CTS also includes wireless charging and OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with a Wi-Fi hotspot. It provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected. The hotspot comes with a three-month/three-gigabyte data trial.4G LTE is the most current and fastest mobile data network – 10 times faster than 3G and 100 times faster than the previous generation of OnStar hardware. And with OnStar, it also offers stronger, broader coverage than smartphones on the same network and it’s easy to use: If the vehicle is on, the connection is on.
CUE is the centerpiece of the CTS’s comprehensive collection of technologies designed to enhance the driving experience and complement customers’ increasingly connected lifestyles. It is standard on all models and collections, with features including new Text Message Alerts. With a compatible smartphone with Bluetooth profile (M.A.P.), you can listen to important texts and respond with a preset message. It enables voice-controlled connectivity to help keep phones stored and hands on the wheel.
The available Cadillac magnetic inductive charging system is a wireless phone charger that allows users to simply place their phone on a small mat in the CTS, where it charges without the need to plug it in.
The heart of CUE is the eight-inch LCD multi-touch sensitive screen, integrated into the top of the central instrument panel and featuring a motorized, fully capacitive faceplate at the bottom concealing a 1.8L storage area. CUE’s vibrant LCD screen resembles a smartphone’s screen, with large, easy-to-target icons to execute commands. A navigation system is also available with the standard model and Luxury Collection; it is standard with the Performance and Premium Collections and Vsport models.
Linear elements, including an uninterrupted feature line that runs from the headlamps to the taillamps, emphasize the CTS’s long, lean proportion and contribute three-dimensional qualities to its surface. The sense of flow over the CTS sedan is furthered, too, with a “trapped” hood design – surrounded completely by sheet metal – that eliminates the forward cut lines between the grille and headlamps.
Cadillac’s signature bold vertical lighting elements – including LED front signature lighting details – evolve with headlamps that flow up and with the hood line. The headlamp housings incorporate crystalline LED light guides in the upper and lower forward corners, bringing uniform white illumination without hot spots and serving as the daytime running lamps.
Projector-beam halogen headlamps are standard and high-intensity discharge headlamps with Adaptive Forward Lighting are available.
At the rear, first-, second- and third-order bezel elements within the taillamp housings offer a distinctive rear signature for the CTS when illuminated. LED lights within crystalline blade structures ensure a crisp, uniform appearance and the Cadillac script is etched in the upper illumination blade.
Additional exterior features include:
- New 17- and 18-inch wheel designs
- Cadillac’s upscale grille design and crest; Galvano chrome finish on base model grille and black chrome finish on Vsport grille
- Active aero grille shutters standard on base, Luxury and Performance Collections (not included when Driver Assist package is selected on Performance Collection; not included on Vsport)
- Available illuminating door handles with Galvano polished aluminum finish
- Rainsense automatic windshield wipers included with Driver Awareness package
- Seamless Galvano aluminum trim around the side windows that reinforces CTS’s craftsmanship with the “line weighting” of an artist’s pencil – it’s thicker in some areas and thinner in others to emphasize different proportions
- Chevron-shaped centre high-mounted stop lamp is inset in the leading edge of the trunk lid for a more elegant, integrated appearance
- Through-fascia trapezoidal exhaust ports are accented with chrome trim,
In addition to the three new exterior colours offered for 2016 – Cocoa Bronze Metallic, Moonstone Metallic and Stellar Black Metallic – other choices are Phantom Grey Metallic, Radiant Silver Metallic, Black Raven and Silver Coast Metallic.
The spacious, driver-centric cockpit interior in the CTS Sedan combines technology and hand-crafted appointments to support the driving experience. It’s an intuitive and connected cabin, with asymmetrical features that focus the controls and displays on the driver – reinforced with authentic materials and refined amenities to give it character that is distinctive in the segment.
An industry-exclusive, one-piece wrapped upper instrument panel flows from the base of the windshield down to the base of the centre stack, while the “brow” over the instrument cluster reaches across the centre stack, exemplifying the asymmetrical cues.
Several distinctive interior environments – including six two-tone combinations – are offered, each trimmed with authentic wood, carbon fibre or aluminum. Leather seating is available, including available full semi-aniline, with hand-crafted, cut-and-sewn executions. The range of interior environments reflects the ambience of customers’ driving experiences, from relaxed touring to serious performance.
Interior colour and trim choices include:
- Light Platinum with Jet Black accents and Sapele high-gloss wood trim or Natural Sapele wood trim
- Jet Black with Jet Black accents and Natural Sapele wood trim
- Twilight Blue with Jet Black accents
- Light Cashmere with Medium Cashmere accents
- Jet Black with Morello Red accents
- Kona Brown with Jet Black accents.
CTS sedan also offers full-leather, 20-way adjustable front seats, which includes 14 power-assisted adjustments, a manual cushion length extension and four-way manual headrests. The 20-way full-leather seats are available, with 16-way adjustable seats standard with leather seats. The CTS’s standard seats feature 14-way adjustment and all seats were designed to deliver segment-leading comfort and craftsmanship. Heated front seats are standard equipment and heated and ventilated front seats are included with leather seating. Rear heated seats are also available.
Additional interior features include:
- Standard rearview camera
- Heated and ventilated front seats with leather seating surfaces and heated steering wheel
- Hand-wrapped and motorized cup holder lid in the centre console that operates with a light touch, much like inserting a disc into a DVD player
- Adaptive remote start feature that also activates the climate control system
- Electrically actuated and locking glove box – with LED lighting and two tiers of storage – leads a list of multiple storage compartments that also includes a compartmentalized storage area in the centre console, lit map pockets in all doors and a hidden storage area behind an articulating climate control/radio control panel
- Storage under the centre armrest includes auxiliary power points, including SD card, auxiliary jack and USB ports
- Available indirect LED ambient lighting in the instrument panel, door panels, foot wells, door map pockets, various storage locations and the front door sills – where the Cadillac script is illuminated
- Available tri-zone climate system includes vents in the rear of the centre console for greater rear-seat comfort
- Available manual rear door shades and power-operated rear window shade
- Electronic park brake
- Standard Bose eleven-speaker sound system and available Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound system with 13 speakers.
The CTS Sedan offers Automatic Parking Assist, which enables the car to park itself in parallel and perpendicular spaces. It uses ultrasonic sensors to locate a suitable space and manoeuvre the car into the space, with the driver only required to select the gear and apply the accelerator and brake pedals. Ultrasonic rear park assist is standard.
All-new 3.6L V-6
The all-new 3.6L V-6 engine with direct injection and dual overhead cams headlines the new model year for the 2016 CTS. It represents the fourth generation of GM’s acclaimed DOHC V-6 engine family and incorporates new features such as Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and Stop/Start technology, which improves fuel economy up to a GM-estimated 9 percent when compared to the previous engine.
Noise-reducing features including an all-new cam drive system contribute to the new 3.6L being 3 dB quieter than the Infiniti 3.7L V-6.
The new V-6 also advances performance- and fuel economy-optimizing technologies introduced on previous generations, including direct injection and continuously variable valve timing. Output is estimated at 333 horsepower (248 kW) and 285 lb-ft of torque (386 Nm).
GM’s Active Fuel Management system temporarily deactivates two the 3.6L’s cylinders in light-load driving conditions to enhance fuel efficiency and seamlessly reactivates them when the driver demands full power.
With the efficiency-enhancing stop/start system, the engine is shut down in certain driving conditions such as stop-and-go city driving to reduce fuel consumption, automatically restarting when the driver takes his or her foot off the brake pedal.
Additional engine highlights include:
- Stronger, stiffer aluminum block with increased structure in the bulkheads for superior rigidity
- Tough, refined rotating assembly with a stiff forged-steel crankshaft, friction-reducing polymer-coated pistons and strong high-copper-content, sinter-forged connecting rods
- New four-cam phasing system with intermediate park technology that enhances efficiency by enabling late inlet valve closing in certain conditions
- All-new, patented “targeted” cooling system that provides strategic cooling of the engine’s hottest areas while simultaneously fostering faster warm-up to enhance efficiency
- New, higher-flow cylinder heads that enhance direct injection performance and feature integrated exhaust manifolds
- Revised, simplified timing drive system with cushioned chain sprockets contributes to quieter engine operation
- All-new lubrication system with a variable-displacement, two-stage oil pump that enhances efficiency. It is located inside the oil pan, which contributes to greater noise abatement.
2.0L Turbo and 3.6L Twin-Turbo
The CTS engine lineup is rounded out with a standard 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder – with new Stop/Start technology – and the available Cadillac Twin-Turbo 3.6L V-6 in the Vsport model. The 2.0L turbo is backed by the new 8L45 eight-speed transmission, while the Cadillac Twin-Turbo is matched with a higher-capacity eight-speed automatic.
At 136hp/L, the 2.0L Turbo is one of the most power-dense engines in the industry, delivering 90 percent of its peak torque from 2100 rpm to 5400 rpm and the full 295 lb-ft of peak torque (400 Nm) from 3000 to 4600 rpm. The broad torque band is supported by boost levels as high as 18 psi (1.26 bar) in the speed range, which is designed to give the lightweight CTS an exhilarating feeling of immediate power on demand.
The CTS Vsport’s Twin-Turbo V-6 is the most power-dense six-cylinder engine in the midsize luxury segment – a 3.6L with 118 horsepower per litre (88 kW/litre) – and the eight-speed automatic enhances fuel economy and acceleration over a six-speed automatic.
Rated at an SAE-certified 420 horsepower (313 kW) and 430 lb-ft of torque (583 Nm), it provides CTS with a performance level between the standard offerings and the elite, super high-performing V-Series. A pair of smaller turbochargers and an efficient charge air cooler help provide immediate power delivery. Additionally, approximately 90 percent of the Twin-Turbo’s peak torque is available from 2,500 rpm to 5,500 rpm, giving the engine a broad torque curve that customers will feel as strong, willing power in almost all driving conditions, such as accelerating or overtaking traffic on the highway.
New eight-speed automatic transmission
Matched to the new 3.6L V-6 engine and the 2.0L Turbo, the new Hydra-Matic 8L45 paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission drives performance on the CTS Sedan with the best in technological advances. It shares the architecture and design features of the acclaimed, GM-designed Hydra-Matic 8L90 transmission, but scaled and calibrated for the performance envelope of smaller engines.
A wide, 7.0:1 overall ratio and numerically lower top gear offer an estimated 5-percent fuel economy benefit over a comparable six-speed automatic transmission. The transmission also features four simple gearsets for optimal efficiency and five clutches (two brake clutches and three rotating clutches) – creative packaging that enables them to fit the same space as the previous six-speed automatic, with lower weight.
In fact, the new 8L45 has a smaller overall diameter and length, and weighs approximately 15 kg (33 pounds) less than the 8L90 eight-speed – a transmission that was already lighter than the previous 6L80 six-speed automatic.
World-class shift time quickness and responsiveness are accomplished with a Gen II controls system, which works with variable force solenoid technology and three internal speed sensors. The transmission controller is mounted externally and its processor executes hundreds of calculations and commands every 6.25 milliseconds.
Additionally, friction-reducing design features – including synthetic fluid – and lower spin losses via a powerflow that uses only two open clutches contribute further to efficiency. The torque converter design is also specific to each transmission.
CTS driving experience
Excellent power-to-weight ratios and racetrack-honed suspension geometries established with the development of the ATS enabled engineers to advance CTS’s performance with greater feelings of feedback, control and response. The comparatively low curb weight helps make the most of the driving experience by allowing the use of lighter-weight chassis components, which reduces unsprung weight to enable more precise handling without compromising ride quality.
The CTS sedan’s low mass and optimal brake sizes give it braking performance that is among the best in the segment, with standard Brembo front brakes.
Suspension and driver control highlights also include:
- Multi-link MacPherson strut front suspension with a double-pivot design
- Five-link independent rear suspension
- Available all-wheel-drive
- Premium electric, variable-assist power steering gear from ZF Steering Systems
- Available Magnetic Ride Control real-time damping system
- Choice of 17-, 18- and 19-inch aluminum wheels.
A number of aluminum components are used with the suspension system, while the rear suspension is mostly steel. That helps offset the weight of the engine and transmission at the front of the vehicle, helping the CTS deliver its near-perfect weight balance and reducing noise and vibration.
Additionally, CTS’s all-wheel-drive system – available with the 2.0L Turbo and 3.6L V-6 – is designed to make the most of handling and stability in all driving conditions. It is an advanced, fully automatic and on-demand system that includes wheel-slip management.
The performance-oriented, rear-drive-only Vsport takes the CTS driving experience to a higher level, with these unique features:
- Eighteen-inch aluminum wheels with Pirelli summer-only performance tires
- Sport-tuned suspension with enhanced spring rates and stabilizer bars
- One-inch-wider rear wheels with P275/35R18 tires
- A quicker steering ratio with sport-tuned steering efforts and response
- Brembo disc brakes with aluminum callipers and available high-performance brake pads
- Heavy-duty track cooling package
- Driver-selectable track mode with specific throttle progression and Magnetic Ride Control calibrations for track driving
- Electronic limited-slip differential that enhances capability on the track – including optimal acceleration out of turns.
The Cadillac Twin-Turbo is paired with a high-performance, paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission that offers efficiency and performance advantages over a six-speed transmission – including 1.5-percent greater fuel economy.
The paddle-shift eight-speed delivers smooth, quick shift performance – as quick as 0.3-second on wide-open-throttle upshifts – with the quietness, smoothness and refinement Cadillac customers expect. Smaller gear steps – closer ratios – support world-class performance, with quicker, more imperceptible shifting.
Advanced safety features on the CTS Sedan are based on Cadillac’s “control and alert” strategy that employs advanced technologies – including radar, cameras and ultrasonic sensors – to help prevent crashes. The safety features bolster driver vision and awareness of road hazards, and can even assist to help the driver avert potential crashes.
Among the most sophisticated of the features is front and rear automatic braking, which automatically applies the brakes in potential collision situations to help reduce damage or help avoid a collision with vehicles directly in front or behind.
Many of the advanced safety features are bundled in the Driver Awareness and Driver Assist Packages. The Driver Awareness package is standard with Luxury, Performance and Premium Collections, as well as Vsport. It includes:
- Standard rear vision camera system
- Safety Alert Seat
- Side Blind Zone Alert
- Lane Change Alert
- Lane Keep Assist
- Lane Departure Warning
- Forward Collision Alert
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- IntelliBeam® high-beam control
- Rainsense wipers.
The Driver Assist package is available on Performance and included on Premium Collections (include Vsport Premium) and includes all of the Driver Awareness package content, plus:
- Full-speed-range adaptive cruise control
- Automatic safety belt tightening
- Front and rear automatic braking.
The advanced technologies complement the CTS’s other safety features, including 10 standard air bags, safety belt pretensioners and load limiters, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with full-function traction control and four-wheel disc brakes with four-channel ABS, patented Duralife FNC-treated brake rotors and auto-dry brake functionality.
In addition to the new OnStar 4G LTE with standard built-in hotspot, OnStar offers other benefits to Cadillac CTS drivers. At the time of purchase, one year of OnStar Guidance includes all of OnStar’s advisor-based safety and security features, including Automatic Crash Response and Stolen Vehicle Assistance, as well as Turn-by-Turn navigation.
Five years of OnStar Basic Plan includes RemoteLink Key Fob Services, allowing owners to remotely start and lock/unlock a car (if properly equipped), and activate the horn and lights from anywhere with a data connection. It also includes OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, which runs monthly checks of a vehicle’s engine, transmission, anti-lock brakes and more, and Dealer Maintenance Notification, which sends a diagnostic report directly to a preferred dealer, simplifying service scheduling.
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If any product deserves the lion’s share of credit for Cadillac’s ever-ongoing renaissance, it’s the CTS. It was a promising sports sedan when it debuted for 2003, but it took the refinements of the second generation launched five years later before it really delivered. Recognizing this, we named the CTS to our 10Best list in 2008, 2009, and 2010. The third generation—introduced for 2014—continued the trend, a 10Bester again for 2014 and 2015.
For 2015, the CTS couldn’t have rested on its laurels even if it wanted: Part of the tweaks it received included a new Cadillac crest stripped of its familiar wreath. That brings us to 2016, where the big news is the replacement of the 2.0T’s six-speed automatic with a new eight-speed.
Cadillac says fuel-economy savings of five percent are possible when you combine the stop-start technology also added this year with the eight-speed’s wide overall ratio and slightly taller top gear. More important, the quicker first-gear ratio of 4.62:1 (versus 4.06:1) will help drivers “start off more confidently, with a greater feeling of immediate performance.” Undaunted by puffery that sounds like a pull quote from a Viagra ad, we tested a new CTS to validate these claims.
Behind the Wheel and On the Track
A one-to-one comparison between old and new wasn’t possible, as the 2016 CTS 2.0T tested here had all-wheel drive and the 2014 2.0T we tested was rear-drive. It’s worth pointing out that the cars proved to be nearly identical on the skidpad, however, with the 2014 pulling 0.83 g versus the 2016’s 0.84. In terms of braking, the 2014 required 164 feet to stop from 70 mph against the 2016’s 177 feet, the difference likely due to the 185-pound weight advantage of the rear-drive 2014, with perhaps a small hat tip to its Pirelli P Zero Nero rubber. (The 2016 also was shod with Pirellis, but they were Cinturato all-season run-flats.)
The 2014 CTS had a marginally greater output of 272 horsepower—this year, the 2.0T makes 268 due to a new powertrain calibration. Torque remains unchanged at 295 lb-ft. Off the scales and on the track, this year’s CTS shrugs off its penalties. Essentially running even with its older sibling up to 40 mph—thanks, all-wheel-drive launch traction!—the 2016 pulls away by 60 mph, getting there in 5.8 seconds, a 0.4-second improvement over its predecessor. New dispatches old in the quarter-mile, too; it’s 0.3-second quicker at 14.5 seconds, although its trap speed of 94 mph is slower by 1 mph.
How about fuel economy? The EPA rating for the 2014 CTS with all-wheel drive is 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway; for 2016, the EPA estimates the all-wheel-drive CTS at 21/29. We achieved 18 mpg in this test, 1 more than we saw from the RWD 2014 car.
Once in the driver’s seat, you’ll find the same magnesium, steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles as before, and they’re as pleasing to use as they are to behold. (Chevrolet needs to score these for the automatic-transmission Corvette, like, immediately.) As with most other GM automatics, you select manual mode by pressing a button on the gear lever, and manual shifts here are paddle-only. Left to its own devices, the transmission’s shifts are smooth but a tad slow for our taste; manual shifts are similar in quality.
The chassis, it must be said, remains exemplary. The ride and handling balance is best in segment with or without the magnetic dampers of our test car, the steering lively and immediate even with power going to the front wheels, and the brakes have consistent tactile feedback. The CTS loves to play, and it dives into and through corners with an alacrity and confidence that shames many other so-called sporty cars. It is, quite simply, the best car to drive in its class, with a stiff structure and body control to rival a yoga master. If you love to drive, stop reading here and head to a Cadillac dealer.
What’s New for 2016
If you need further information before making a decision, however, know that the CTS now boasts a standard rearview camera and enhancements to CUE, including the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A high-definition, reconfigurable 12.3-inch TFT gauge cluster is standard on the 2.0T Premium model or is available as part of the Performance Seat and Cluster package, an $1830 option. What the cluster offers in configurability, it loses in readability for the tachometer, fuel, and coolant-temperature gauges. While these are actual physical dials, they are sliver-thin crescents and as difficult to read as an old-fashioned thermometer.
The rest of the interior continues to have a few too many materials in the mix, including more piano-black trim than is perhaps wise for anyone who disdains dust or fingerprints. Smartly, Cadillac has begun to simplify its interior design language a bit with the new CT6, but more could be done to ramp up the sophistication and truly compete in the upper strata of luxury, which is where Cadillac has priced its newest cars.
The all-wheel-drive CTS with the Premium package carries a base sticker of $63,680. Add in black leather with red accents ($1500) and 19-inch polished-aluminum wheels ($1050), and you reach our car’s hefty total of $66,230. It’s worth pointing out, however, that the CTS 2.0T AWD starts at $48,555 against the BMW 528i xDrive’s $53,495 and the Audi A6 2.0T Quattro’s $49,325. So the CTS is competitive.
Cadillac continues to polish the gem that is the CTS, and the new transmission makes a fantastic car quicker and a bit more fuel-efficient. It’s too bad that buyers are staying away from the Cadillac in droves—they’re missing out on automotive greatness.
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
PRICE AS TESTED: $66,230 (base price: $48,555)
ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 122 cu in, 1998 cc
Power: 268 hp @ 5600 rpm
Torque: 295 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
Wheelbase: 114.6 in
Length: 195.5 in
Width: 72.2 in Height: 57.2 in
Passenger volume: 97 cu ft
Cargo volume: 14 cu ft
Curb weight: 3916 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph: 5.8 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 16.4 sec
Zero to 120 mph: 26.8 sec
Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 6.8 sec
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 3.7 sec
Top gear, 50-70 mph: 4.4 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 14.5 sec @ 94 mph
Top speed (C/D est): 135 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 177 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.84 g
EPA city/highway driving: 21/29 mpg
C/D observed: 18 mpg
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.2016 Cadillac CTS-V -- TEST/DRIVE
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