Cadillac CTS

Starting at $47,490 before options and delivery, the distinctively styled 2018 Cadillac CTS offers an intriguing alternative to more predictable European and Japanese midsize luxury sedans. Offering everything from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder to a 3.6-liter V6 with or without twin turbos, the Cadillac CTS is an able performer with surprising handling chops, especially in upscale V-Sport trim. For the truly power-hungry, the Cadillac CTS-V has a monstrous 640-hp supercharged V8, but it'll cost you upwards of $86,495 to get one.

Price-wise, the Cadillac CTS undercuts competitors like the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and as the model has proven to be a slow seller, dealer incentives should be plentiful. Don’t be afraid to try the base 258-horsepower four-cylinder, which isn’t that much slower than the uplevel V6. If you happen to test drive one, make sure you really spend some time with CUE, the CTS’ infotainment system. It’s not the most intuitive interface, but at least for 2018, the CTS features Apple Watch integration a pair of rear USB ports.

Editors' Review

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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 the 640-horsepower CTS-V is 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.

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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.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 8
  • Features 8.5
  • Design 7
  • Media 9

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