The 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan is available in 5 different trims: the Luxury, Performance, Premium, VSport, and VSport Premium, as well as 6 different models: the CTS Sedan, CTS Coupe, CTS Sport Wagon, CTS-V Coupe, CTS-V Sedan, and CTSV Wagon. The midsize luxury market is one of the most competitive markets around and Cadillac pulled out all of the stops with the 2014 models in order to compete. MotorTrend named the CTS the “2014 Car of the Year” for many reasons: superior design, efficiency, performance, and safety.
The exterior design of the CTS is built with speed and balance in mind. According to Cadillac, the CTS has a near-perfect 50/50 weight distribution due to its aluminum front shock towers, front suspension, and the aluminum alloy door structure, which all work together to create a vehicle that is 33% lighter than those with steel structures. With fuel efficiency in mind, the design of the CTS is angled with low lines to create its aerodynamic shape. The angled windshield, low roof line, inlaid hood, and active aero grille shutters located behind the grille, all work together to make the CTS not only interesting to look at, but better to drive. Other design elements include an integrated spoiler, and crystalline LED lights that serve as daytime running lamps that not only provide white illumination, but eliminate the need for fog lights.
The CTS was built with luxury in mind, and with 8 different interior color pallets to choose from your CTS can be adjusted to your personal preference. Other interior touches include your choice of exotic woods, anodized aluminum or carbon fiber, and available hand cut-and-sewn leather seating. Other interior design options include customizable LCD displays, an electric cup holder that can be concealed when not in use, leather seating with options for heating and ventilation, a heated steering wheel, and ambient lighting that highlights the dash and the door trim.
The Cadillac design, called “the Art and Science” design, prides itself on bold exterior looks and advanced technological options. The infotainment system available on the CTS is the CUE—the Cadillac User Experience. Other options include voice recognition, a full-color Head-Up display, automatic parking assist, and a Bose® Active Noise cancellation system that uses noise-cancelling frequencies to give the CTS one of the quietest cabins around.
Standard features include front dual zone A/C, illuminated entry, emergency communication system, automatic temperature control, speed control, remote keyless entry, an 8-speaker AM/FM radio with SiriusXM®, CD and MP3 players, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, a navigations service by OnStar®, a first row LCD monitor, a diversity antenna, Bluetooth® wireless phone connectivity, rear parking sensors, automatic headlights, front and rear reading lights, a voltmeter, outside temperature display, and a low tire pressure warning system.
2014 CADILLAC CTS SAFETY RATING
The CTS was also built with your safety in mind. The CTS features automatic safety belt tightening that removes slack from the front safety belts and also tightens the front belts at higher speeds in the event of a hard break or hard steering maneuvers. Full-speed adaptive cruise control is also available and uses the CTS’s front radar and other sensors to help maintain a safe distance from vehicles ahead of you on the road.
An available package, The Driver Awareness package, comes with additional safety features: Forward Collision Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning System, Safety Alert Seat, Rear Vision Camera, Rainsense automatic wipers, and IntelliBeam headlamps.
The CTS received 5 out of 5 stars by the NHTSA in Overall, Frontal Crash, and Side crash as well as 4 out of 5 stars for Rollover.
Standard safety features include: brake assist, dual front, occupant sensing, dual front impact, and overhead airbags (10 in total), anti-lock brakes, ignition disable, approach lights, electronic stability and traction control, a panic alarm, and anti-whiplash front head restrains.
NOTEWORTHY ABOUT THE 2014 CADILLAC CTS
The CTS was named MotorTrend’s 2014 Car of the Year and J.D. Power award rankings of “Among the Best” in Overall Quality, Powertrain Design Quality, and Features & Accessories Design Quality. It also ranks #1 out of 25 on the US News and World Reports’ list of Upscale Midsize cars.
A noteworthy addition to the already luxury CTS line is the inclusion of the Magnetic Ride Control Suspension. Available on all CTS sedans and standard on the CTS-V, MRC adjusts your steering efforts and shift mapping to create more performance-oriented driving experiences. It also offers multiple damper programming modes to fine-tune your drive.
The CTS sedan is the only model of the six to have received entirely new design for 2014—all other models carry the same designs from 2013 with the exception of revised exterior color options.