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About The Cadillac CTS

Vehicle Summary

The Cadillac CTS is a full-size luxury sedan packed with technology and sporty features that will appeal to you no matter what you need from your car. Whether you and your partner are celebrating a special anniversary with a road trip or escaping the confines of the city for a weekend away, the mix of interior space, engine options, and luxury appointments from the CTS will make it that much more enjoyable. 

The CTS started production in 2003 and the first generation lasted until 2007. It was a pioneering car for Cadillac, bringing edgy new styling to the historic company. The Second generation hit showroom floors in 2008 and was produced until 2013. Finally, its third and current generation began production in 2014. The CTS is well known as a benchmark of speed and technology. 

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Q: What kind of motor does a Cadillac CTS have?

A: For its third generation (2014–2019), the CTS was all-new and featured a new 2.0L four-cylinder with 272 hp or optional engines: a 321-hp 3.6L V6 or a 420-hp twin-turbo V6. These engine specifications remained consistent between the 2014–2015 model years. Starting in 2016 and continuing through 2019, the four-cylinder engine's output was reduced slightly to 268 hp, the 3.6L V6 engine was increased to 335 hp and the 3.6L twin-turbo V6 remained at 420 hp. 

Q: How comfortable is the Cadillac CTS?

A: The CTS has always offered a great mix of features that make it a true Cadillac in terms of comfort. Throughout both the second (2008–2013) and third generations (2014–2019), the CTS came standard with leatherette seating surfaces. Leather front seats and full leather across all seats were optional. Standard features like dual-zone climate control and other convenience features were prevalent throughout both generations. 

Q: What kind of mileage does the Cadillac CTS get?

A: The CTS gets decent fuel economy for its class. For example, the 2019 Cadillac CTS with a six-cylinder, 3.6L engine, automatic transmission (S8) and RWD gets an EPA-estimated 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.1 

Q: Do they still make Cadillac CTS?

A: The Cadillac CTS first arrived in showrooms for the 2003 model year to kick off its first generation. Since then, Cadillac has produced two more generations, including the third generation that is still in production.

1 Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See for details.

Cadillac CTS Trim Configurations

Second Generation (2008–2013) Cadillac CTS Trim Levels

  • Standard - The second generation CTS came with features like anti-lock brakes, 17-inch wheels, and traction control as standard. It also came with interior features such as leatherette seating surfaces, an eight-speaker stereo, dual-zone automatic climate control, and steering wheel-mounted controls. 
  • Luxury Collection - Upgrade to the luxury collection and get leather seating surfaces with 10-way power passenger seating, a Bose® stereo system, LED interior ambient lighting, a theft-deterrent system, and rain-sensing wipers among other items. 
  • Performance Collection - Adds Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights, a limited-slip differential and sport suspension system for improved acceleration and traction, and larger 18-inch wheels. Starting in 2012, you also got the FE2 Sport Performance suspension. 
  • Performance Luxury Collection (2008–2011) - This package takes the Performance Package and adds a power tilt and telescopic steering wheel, ultrasonic park assist, heated and ventilated driver and front passenger seats, LED lighting, and wood trim throughout the front passenger area of the CTS (2010 and up). 
  • Premium Collection - Includes an upgraded Bose® stereo system, leather seating surfaces with 10-way power passenger seating and a 2-way adjustable front passenger seat, keyless access with remote start, HID headlights and LED interior lighting, navigation, power tilt and sliding sunroof, and wood trim on the dashboard, doors, steering wheel, and shift knob. Starting in 2010, the eight-inch touchscreen was included as well. 

Third Generation (2014–2019) Cadillac CTS Trim Levels

  • Standard - The base model of the third generation CTS still comes with lots of great features such as a Bose® Premium 11-speaker sound system, dual-zone automatic electronic climate control, eight-inch full-color LCD touchscreen interface, LED interior lighting, leatherette seating surfaces, paddle-shift controls on the steering wheel, and a theft-deterrent system. 
  • Luxury Collection - Adds interior features like heated and ventilated leather front seats, a heated steering wheel, and the new CUE infotainment system with an eight-inch color touchscreen, and more. 
  • Performance Collection (2014–2016) - Includes all of the great components of the Luxury Collection plus the fantastic Magnetic Ride Control system with settings for Tour, Sport, and Snow/Ice which will make sure your CTS is ready for anything. Inside, the upgraded CUE system features a 13-speaker Bose Centerpoint® Surround Sound system and an UltraView sunroof as well as heated rear seats and tri-zone climate control. 
  • Premium Collection ("Premium Luxury" starting in 2017) - Building on the Performance Collection, the Premium Collection gives buyers a large 12.3-inch reconfigurable instrument cluster, as well as upgraded leather throughout the interior including on the 20-way adjustable front seats, and more. 
  • VSport (2014 onwards) - Opt for the Vsport and get a very capable RWD chassis and an electronic limited-slip differential which makes the Magnetic Ride Control system even better. Additionally, Brembo® front brakes and performance tires put the sport in Vsport. On the interior, you'll get heated and ventilated leather seating as well as the CUE system, navigation, and Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound. 
  • VSport Premium (2014 onwards) - The available Vsport Premium Collection takes the Vsport and adds interior goodies like a reconfigurable gauge cluster, UltraView sunroof, Heads-Up Display, heated rear seats, tri-zone climate control, and 20-way-adjustable front seats. You also benefit from the Driver Assist Package (which includes full-speed Adaptive Cruise Control, Front and Rear Automatic Braking, and Automatic Safety Belt Tightening) and 18-inch wheels to keep things in line. 

Cadillac CTS vs Other Luxury Cars

The 2018 Cadillac CTS compares favorably to several other 2018 luxury sedans such as the 2018 Buick LaCrosse, Mercedes C-Class, and Cadillac's own XTS. All four vehicles come with the latest in technology, but the CTS is markedly larger than the C-Class by all measurable exterior dimensions which means more room for you and your stuff. 

The CTS is 195.5-inches long, 72.2 inches wide, and has a 114.6-inch wheelbase compared to the C-Class's 185.5-inch length, 71.3-inch width, and 111.8-inch wheelbase. Buick's LaCrosse is a bit larger at 197.5 inches long, 73.5 inches wide with a 114.4-inch wheelbase as is Cadillac's XTS which is 200.9 inches long, 72.9 inches wide, and has a 111.7-inch wheelbase. 

The 2018 CTS comes with a variety of engine options from the 2.0L 268-hp turbocharged four-cylinder to a 335-hp 3.6L V6 and a 420-hp twin-turbo V6. This means a much more powerful lineup of engines than the other 2018 competition compared here. 

The LaCrosse comes with a 194-hp hybrid 2.5L or a310-hp 3.6L V6. The Mercedes C-Class can be also be had with a standard 2.0L turbo engine the puts out 241 hp. Optional Mercedes engines come from AMG for the C-Class, including a 3.0L turbo V6 with 362 hp and a 4.0L eight-cylinder with 503 hp. Cadillac's XTS comes with a 3.6L V6 the produces 304 hp or a 3.6L turbo engine capable of 410 hp. 

The Cadillac CTS is a fantastic mix of luxury and sport in an attractive package. With a variety of engine and trim options, it won't be hard to find your perfect CTS.

Reliability Research

Above Average

RepairPal gave the Cadillac CTS an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks the Cadillac CTS 27th out of 59 among Luxury Midsize Cars.

  • Cost RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Cadillac CTS is $527, compared to an average of $554 for Luxury Midsize Cars and $556 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Frequency According to RepairPal, Cadillac CTS owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 0.8 times per year, compared to an average of 1.6 times for Luxury Midsize Cars and 1.4 times for all the vehicle models RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Severity RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 15% for the Cadillac CTS, compared to an average of 10% for Luxury Midsize Cars and 12% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features.

*RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 09/01/2021. Learn more.


Reviews for Cadillac CTS

Overall Rating

4.4 out of 5 (138 reviews)


When i first came across listing on CL, i was looking for a second car at a great $. I payed well under average going price. I thought i was getting a good-lookin sporty/luxury car. However, when i seen in person, i had no clue about the performance edition with the 3.6, not to mention all -wheel drive. This car has all the bells and whistles i could ask for, and then some. throw in the unbelievable price i payed, i was super satisfied. Then when i took it for a ride and felt the Horse power, i was like, 'what the heck'. I immediately purchased it and it has been above and beyond of what i could ever had hoped for. Not one issue with the car. I usually list any new(used) vehicle i purchase just to see if i can make a profit. NOT this car..


  • Power: Unbelievable unexpected horse power. My brother has 2002 Z28 w/LS1 engine and i think if my 3.6 don't take it, it will be right there.
  • Ride and Handling: comfortable, sporty and handles awesome.
  • Technology and Entertainment: Has all bells and whistles..


  • Cargo Space: Only negative is didn't come with spare. l ended buying on Ebay and althought the tire is right size, don't fit in trunk...

- Paul Mahon, 2013 Cadillac CTS

Very underwhelming

The CTS V sport was a huge disappointment. I had a 2008 CTS v6 about 7 years ago and it was superior in every way, i always said “man if this was faster I’d never get another car” and this 2015 was faster but the 8 speed transmission was terrible. When slowing down to a stop, it sounded like the undercarriage was going to fall off. I got it checked out but they said “that’s normal” the seats were horrible, my 2008s seats were awesome i don’t understand why Cadillac would drastically improve their exterior, and then put zero effort into the interior, i hated it so much i only had it for 3 months then gladly paid off my negative equity to go back to a 2008 mustang, which is superior in every way now that i added gps/back up cam/sound system.


  • Fuel Economy: Better mpg than my mustang
  • Power: 420ish horsepower


  • Braking: Terrible, felt like bottom falling out
  • Dashboard: Way outdated touch screen and gps
  • Visibility: Back up camera is so dark you can’t see and sensors vibrate your seat and don’t make an alert if you’re about to hit something

- Christopher Borden, 2015 Cadillac CTS


MY CTS4 is luxury with a little vroom! This car has the Premium package, a smooth ride, quick response, great handling. I have received so many compliments I could write a short story. My CTS4 came along at the right time. I needed something reliable and dependable to take my 90 yr old mother- in- law to and from appointments. The ease of her getting in and out of the car without having to help (VERY INDEPENENT) was reason enough to purchase it. Arriving in style every where we go is always a nice feeling! Thank You CARMAX!!


  • Technology and Entertainment: GM's Que entertainment system is super easy to understand. With all the sensors for the exterior, it makes me feel safer driving. From lane departure to adaptive cruise control I feel I'm in good hands in my CTS4.
  • Cargo Space: Having to bring bags and a walker to appointments is no problem with the cargo space my CTS4 provides with room left over!

- Doug Bonfilio, 2014 Cadillac CTS

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