2014 CADILLAC CTS
[The following review is for the CTS Vsport trim]
I had driven a pick up truck for many years. As I noticed that I needed its 4x4 and hauling ability less and less, I was ready for a smoother and sportier ride. In planning for my next car, I decided that: I still needed some room (have a young son, therefore a sedan was a must); I wanted the newest technology; and I also wanted as much performance as possible in that venue.
I was open-minded to any sporty sedan, import or domestic. After about a year of researching (including some test drives), I narrowed my choice to the Cadillac CTS Vsport. The various 2014 reviews and tests of sport sedans showed excellent CTS performance (over most of the European sports sedans along that tier), improved reliability, and impressive reports of owner satisfaction.
I shopped for about 6 months, looking for that specific trim, and my preferred color combo at the best price. I found one, and purchased it. This car has exceeded my expectations.
Performance-wise: The 3.6 Twin Turbo V6 on the Vsport has 420 HP...and you can tell. The 0-60 times are around 4.5 seconds, and passing gear acceleration is almost scary. Not that I would ever drag race...but let's just say there are some local A7, M5 and a E-class drivers who have been embarrassed lately. Yes, I know there are much faster specialty cars out there. However, while I have been in more powerful, faster cars belonging to friends (exotics), I have never experienced such a balanced...smooth and refined...power as in the new CTS Vsport.
The magnetic ride control makes this car comfortable, and able stick to the road despite quick maneuvers. Despite some emergency turns and stops (animals, potholes), this car does not sway, nor does the suspension bounce.
The 8-speed transmission is smooth, and with that mechanical range, I rarely find myself over 2K RPMs while cruising. Consequently, I am finding myself getting 18 MPG (in the city!)...a huge improvement over my previous vehicle, and still generally impressive for a larger V6. I've not had a long highway trip yet, so I haven't determined the actual highway MPG, but I would guess it would be in the mid to high 20's.
The ride is quiet. There must be excellent seals and insulation around the cabin, and the Bose noise-cancellation system seems to work well in the cabin. While not absolutely noise-free, this is the first vehicle I've ridden in where the driver could whisper (at highway speeds), and the back passengers could hear him. The Bose audio system sounds good, and is adjustable in so many ways, I can't think of someone not being able to find a perfect sound-setting for their particular taste.
Interior - The CUE interface system has all the options you would expect from a 21st-century car: Radio, GPS, Bluetooth (phone connect), satellite weather, voice commands, etc. It is touch-screen, using the same finger motions as most tablets and smartphones. Frankly, despite trying to read the entire manual, I am still finding capabilities that I am not taking advantage of. Some people have complained that the CUE's processing speed is slow; I have not noticed that.
Nearly everything is automatic - headlights, wipers, climate, proximity warnings, phone pairing, etc. However, you can still turn them completely off, or operate them manually as well. Mine is not the "premium" trim, but my dashboard still has many configuration options.
The seats are relatively firm, but adjustable in about 12 ways. You should be able to find a perfect fit. Though comfortable, the front seats are not "cushy" or "pillowy," if that's what you need, you may want to look at another car.
The car has an average-sized trunk for that tier sedan, and there are glove-box and two center console storage areas inside the cabin. My only complaint along those lines is that there is not a lot of driver's "open throw" storage space - somewhere you can quickly put a phone or sunglasses, etc. without using the cup holders (the console storages have doors and are not necessarily "immediately" accessible).
There are a couple of things that some owners might want to know in advance about this specific trim. There is no spare tire. [This is mitigated by the fact that the car is equipped with run-flat tires, and Cadillac's 6-year free roadside assistance.] And, Cadillac states that you should use super unleaded gas in the Vsport trim (other trims do not require this). These aren't necessarily bad things for all folks, just something to be aware of.
In summary, I am a very satisfied CTS owner, and would definitely make this purchase again.
2014 Cadillac CTS Description
The Cadillac CTS represents a line of midsize, luxury models sold in sedan, coupe and wagon body styles. For 2014, the sedan received a new design while the coupe and wagon are carryovers. The sedan is sold in standard, VSport and VSport Premium editions. Rear-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is available.
The standard engine for the 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan is a 3.6-liter V6 generating 321 horsepower. Also available is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 272 horsepower. All VSport models are powered by a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 engine that generates 420 horsepower. The V6 engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, while the four-cylinder is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The top fuel economy for the standard V6 engine is 19/29 mpg city/highway. The four-cylinder model is rated an EPA-estimated 20/30 mpg city/highway. The turbocharged V6 model has a rating of 17/25 mpg city/highway. Only the turbo V6 requires premium grade gasoline.
The 2014 Cadillac CTS seats five. The sedan offers 13.7 cubic feet of trunk space. The base CTS sedan is outfitted with daytime running lights, HID headlamps, power heated side mirrors and aluminum wheels. This model also comes with adaptive remote start, keyless entry and push button start, power accessories, a tilt and telescopic steering column, CUE infotainment with SiriusXM and HD Radio, OnStar directions and connections, three power outlets and a remote trunk release.
Available options include adaptive headlamps, automatic wipers, painted wheels and illuminating door handles. Also available are heated outboard rear seats, a 110-volt power outlet, a power window sunshade, head-up display, 20-way power front seats, a reconfigurable instrument gauge cluster, upgraded wood trim, sport aluminum pedals and a rearview camera. Safety options include: adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert, side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert and panic brake assist.
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