2016 Cadillac CTS review

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Cadillac CTS highlights

Customer rating


  • Strong engine options
  • Luxury cabin
  • Great handling


  • Lackluster base engine
  • Limited passenger space
  • Small trunk

Mileage (EPA estimate)

16 city, 24 highway, 19 combined

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Luxury cruiser

The 2016 Cadillac CTS is a luxury sports sedan that offers tons of different options. There are six different trims on the 2016 CTS, all of which come with standard luxury touches, including synthetic leather seats and remote start. Among the six trims, there are three engine options, changing from a four-cylinder to a twin-turbo V6. With so many options for creature comforts, performance features, and practical upgrades (like available AWD) you’ll be able to find a CTS that’s right for you.

All Cadillac CTS years

What is new for the 2016 Cadillac CTS?

  • CTS trims have been upgraded with Rear Spoiler, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto as standard equipment this year.
  • The Base trim now comes with Rear Sunshade, Rear View Camera, and Remote Start as standard equipment.
  • The Luxury trim now comes with Rear Sunshade as standard equipment.

5 reasons to buy the 2016 Cadillac CTS

1. Engine options 

Whether you prefer a smaller engine for city driving, or want the instant responsiveness of a brawny V8, the 2016 Cadillac CTS has an engine for you. The sedan comes standard with a 268-hp 2L four-cylinder engine. A 335-hp 3.6L V6 is available on the luxury trim and higher, while a 420-hp 3.6L twin-turbocharged V6 is standard on the two V-Sport trims.  

2. Performance trims 

If you like to move quickly, or spend lots of time around a race track, choose a 2016 Cadillac CTS in one of the two V-Sport performance trims. Not only do these trims come with the 420-hp V6 that can blast from zero to 60 mpg in 4.7 seconds. They also offer performance features, including Brembo performance brakes and a limited-slip rear differential.  

3. Luxury features 

The Cadillac CTS has a luxury feel that will satisfy you even if you’re the person who always takes any available upgrades while traveling. The base 2016 CTS comes standard with synthetic leather, a tilting and telescoping steering wheel, remote start, and more. Move up just one trim level to the aptly named Luxury trim, and you’ll have a standard panoramic sunroof, lumbar support, and more.  

4. Driver assist features 

The 2016 Cadillac CTS offers tech features that will help you relax behind the wheel. The Luxury trim unlocks a suite of features, including blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and more. A surround-view camera and adaptive cruise control come standard on the Performance trim and higher, while a self-parking system is standard on the V-Sport trims.  

5. Sound system 

If you always know the latest and greatest songs, you’ll appreciate the sound system on the 2016 Cadillac CTS. A 13-speaker Bose® surround-sound system is standard on the Luxury trim and higher. Each CTS has Bluetooth® connectivity and available Apple Carplay® and Android Auto™ integration to connect to the standard 8-inch touchscreen. Three USB ports, which come standard, mean you’ll never be without a smartphone charge.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.2 out of 5

5 customer reviews
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Cadillac CTS an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Cadillac CTS 33rd out of 68 among Luxury Midsize Cars.

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Cadillac CTS features and specs

Vsport Premium 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • A/C Seat(s)
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automated Parking
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • BOSE Sound System
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Head Up Display
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Run Flat Tires
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Full Leather Interior
  • Leather & Suede Seats
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Run Flat Tires

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 45.7"/R 35.4"

Head room

F 40.4"/R 37.5"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

100/1000 lbs.



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