The exterior design language of the Cadillac CTS is sharp, and swept back headlights flow over the front fenders while a more aggressive front fascia and grille with an updated company crest let people know that Cadillac means business.
There are four different engine choices for the CTS in 2018. A 2.0L turbocharged four promises up to 30 mpg on the highway while still making a very impressive 268 hp. The mid-level engine, a 3.6L V6, produces 335 hp, while a turbocharged version of that V6 makes 420 horses for the V-Sport models. Multiple engines and several different trim levels combine to give buyers plenty of options when it comes to configuring the CTS.
Standard equipment on the CTS includes an 11-speaker sound system with satellite radio, a CUE infotainment system with an 8-inch screen, 4G LTE connectivity, in-car WiFi capability and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay phone integration systems. Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless access and ignition, 8-way power adjustable front seats, one year of OnStar, a rear parking sensors and camera and 17-inch wheels are also all standard.
More expensive trim levels add features such as 18-inch wheels, leather seating surfaces, HID headlights, a navigation system, a Bose 13-speaker sound system, heated and cooled seats and a heated steering wheel, 20-way adjustable high-performance front seats, a heads-up display and a lane departure warning system.
The CTS-V offers as much performance as has ever been offered in a Cadillac sedan. Besides the incredible engine and 8-speed transmission, the V also includes an electronic differential, Magnetic Ride Control, Brembo performance brakes and 19" painted aluminum wheels.
Safety in the CTS is handled by several airbags as well as anti-lock brakes, traction control and stability control. Optional safety equipment includes a rear-view camera, a blind spot warning system and forward collision preparation and automatic braking.
It's hard to build a luxury car that also wants to be sporty. Sacrifices must be made somewhere in order to deliver both, whether it's pulling back on the fancy stuff (which can jack up the price and the curb weight) or softening up the sport.
The Cadillac CTS V-Sport is not the most bonkers CTS there is -- that's what theis for. The V-Sport sacrifices some of the CTS-V's outright performance insanity in favor of a more sedate, pleasant experience. But make no mistake -- this is still a sporty option, and it shows in the ride quality.
But the V-Sport is more than just a good engine and a chassis that likes to play hard. Like many other late-model GM vehicles, it's a technological marvel, equipped with safety systems and a brand-new infotainment system that addresses most, if not all of the system's previous shortcomings. It's the whole package, and provided you don't mind some of the sacrifices on the luxury side, you should walk away pleased with this one.
The Good The CTS V-Sport's new infotainment system is better than ever, it packs tons of hustle and the new Recaro seat option is bucket bliss.
The Bad It sacrifices luxury in favor of sporting pretense, and that shows inside. And with some options, the window sticker can skyrocket.
The Bottom Line If you're looking for a sport sedan that isn't over-the-top fancy, the 2017.5 CTS V-Sport is a proper competitor for the Germans.
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