2017 Cadillac CTS Review

2017 Cadillac CTS photo
  1. Original MSRP$45,995 - $70,795
  2. Fuel Economy (MPG)22/30 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesSedan

2017 Cadillac CTS Review

  • Overview
  • Specs
  • Safety
2017 Cadillac CTS photo
  1. Original MSRP$45,995 - $70,795
  2. Fuel Economy (MPG)22/30 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesSedan


By Warren Clarke (Last Updated 12/19/2017)

Striking and assertive, the 2017 Cadillac CTS makes a bold visual statement. The Cadillac CTS also has crisp acceleration and a stylish cabin to its credit.

The 2017 Cadillac CTS is a midsize sedan with seating for five. Three engines are offered, and both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available. The CTS is sold in base, Luxury, Premium Luxury, V-Sport and V-Sport Premium Luxury trims.

For 2017, the Cadillac adds minor upgrades to its sheet metal and brings in an optional rear camera mirror that offers a wider field of vision than a standard rearview mirror. A Teen Driver system joins the list of standard equipment, and it includes features that allow parents to monitor the driving habits of their teens. A new Carbon Black package has been added, and Bronze Dune Metallic and Silver Moonlight Metallic arrive as new exterior color options.


The 2017 Cadillac CTS has a blocky, Darth Vader-style countenance. A wide five-cornered grille rules the front fascia, and it’s flanked by angular projector-type halogen headlights. Heated power-adjustable side mirrors enhance visibility, and base models ride on 17-inch wheels with run-flat tires.

Standard features include LED daytime running lamps and a high-mounted LED rear brake light. The list of upgrades includes HID headlamps, auto-dimming side mirrors, a black chrome grille, illuminated exterior door handles, a power sunroof, a rear spoiler and various 18- and 19-inch wheel styles.


The cabin of the 2017 Cadillac CTS impresses with elegant design and top-grade materials. Though the CTS is less spacious than certain rivals, both rows offer decent amounts of room. The trunk provides 13.7 cubic feet of capacity.

Base models are equipped with LED interior lighting, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats with memory settings, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and power windows and door locks. You can upgrade your CTS with leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a split-folding rear seat, a power-adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering column, a heated steering wheel and tri-zone automatic climate control.


The 2017 Cadillac CTS provides eager acceleration and responsive handling. Rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission are standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

Base models are motivated by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that gets 268 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. This engine has an EPA [2] rating of up to 22/30 mpg city/highway. A 3.6-liter V6 provides 335 horsepower and 285 pound-feet of torque, and it achieves mileage of up to 20/30 mpg. The final engine choice is a turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 good for 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque, and this powerplant has an EPA rating of up to 16/24 mpg.


The 2017 Cadillac CTS comes with a pretty complete assortment of technology features. Base models are equipped with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, an 8-inch touch screen, voice recognition, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone compatibility, three USB ports, an auxiliary input jack, keyless entry and ignition, a Wi-Fi hotspot with 4G LTE connectivity, a rearview camera, satellite radio, a Teen Driver feature, wireless device charging and an 11-speaker Bose sound system.

The list of available features includes a 13-speaker Bose sound system, navigation with 3D graphics, adaptive cruise control, automatic braking, forward collision alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot warning and a rear camera mirror.

Specs & Features


  • Available colors

  • Radiant Silver Metallic
  • Red Obsession Tintcoat
  • Crystal White Tricoat
  • Phantom Gray Metallic
  • Stellar Black Metallic
  • Black Raven
  • Bronze Dune Metallic
  • Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic
  • Moonstone Metallic
  • Silver Moonlight Metallic
  • Deep Amethyst Metallic
  • Wheel and tire type

  • Wheel Diameter: 17.0 X 8.5 Inches
  • Tire Type: P245/45r17
  • Available exterior features

  • Rear Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Mirror Color: Body-color
  • Active Grille Shutters
  • Rear Spoiler: Lip
  • Exhaust Tip Color: Chrome
  • Rear Spoiler Color: Body-color
  • Exhaust: Dual Tip
  • Grille Color: Chrome
  • Window Trim: Chrome
  • Front Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Door Handle Color: Body-color
  • Dimensions

  • Width Without Mirrors: 72.2 Inches
  • Width: 80.8 Inches
  • Length: 195.5 Inches
  • Height: 57.2 Inches
  • Wheelbase: 114.6 Inches
  • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: 4805 Pounds
  • Rear Track Width: 61.7 Inches
  • Curb Weight: 3652 Pounds
  • Front Track Width: 61.4 Inches
  • Body style

  • Sedan


  • Comfort/convenience features

  • Rear Vents: Second Row
  • Armrests: Rear Center With Cupholders
  • Air Filtration
  • Floor Mats: Front/Rear
  • Power Locks: Auto-locking
  • Shift Knob Trim: Alloy/Leather
  • Front Air Conditioning: Automatic Climate Control
  • Steering Wheel Trim: Leather
  • Front Air Conditioning Zones: Dual
  • Floor Material: Carpet
  • Floor Mat Material: Carpet
  • Seats

  • 10-Way Power Driver Seat Adjustments
  • Bucket Front Seats
  • 10-Way Power Passenger Seat Adjustments
  • 40-20-40 Split Rear Seat
  • Upholstery: Leatherette
  • Entertainment

  • Radio Data System
  • Auxiliary Audio Input: Bluetooth/USB/IPod/iPhone/Jack/Memory Card Slot
  • Surround Sound
  • Total Speakers: 10
  • Satellite Radio: SiriusXM
  • Antenna Type: Diversity/Mast
  • Speed Sensitive Volume Control
  • Radio: AM/FM/HD Radio/Touch Screen Display/Voice Operated
  • Subwoofer: 1
  • Premium Brand: Bose
  • Infotainment: Android Auto Ready/Apple CarPlay Ready/CUE
  • Telematics systems

  • Driver Assistance App: Roadside Assistance
  • Electronic Messaging Assistance: Voice Operated/With Read Function
  • Phone: Voice Operated
  • Satellite Communications: OnStar/Voice Guided Directions
  • Wifi: Hotspot
  • Wireless Data Link: Bluetooth
  • Dimensions

  • Passenger Volume: 97 Cubic Feet
  • Max Seating: 5
  • Front Hip Room: 53.8 Inches
  • Front Shoulder Room: 56.9 Inches
  • Rear Hip Room: 53.3 Inches
  • Rear Legroom: 35.4 Inches
  • Front Legroom: 45.7 Inches
  • Front Headroom: 40.4 Inches
  • Rear Headroom: 37.5 Inches
  • Standard Seating: 5
  • Seating Rows: 2
  • Cargo Volume: 13.7 Cubic Feet
  • Rear Shoulder Room: 54.8 Inches


  • Drivetrain

  • Axle Ratio: 3.85
  • Fuel Economy

  • Fuel Type: Gasoline
  • City (MPG): 22
  • Highway (MPG): 30
  • Combined (MPG): 25
  • Engine

  • Engine Type: 4 Cylinders
  • Displacement(liters): 2.0
  • Horsepower: 268
  • Torque: 295
  • Transmission

  • Transmission Type: 8-speed Shiftable Automatic
  • Type: A
  • Gears: 8
  • Performance Specifications

  • Turning Circle: 37.1
  • Suspension

  • Rear Suspension Type: Multi-link
  • Front Suspension Type: Double Ball Joint
  • Rear Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Front Stabilizer Bar
  • Front Shock Type: Twin-tube Gas
  • Rear Spring Type: Coil
  • Tuned Suspension: Sport
  • Front Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Rear Shock Type: Twin-tube Gas
  • Front Spring Type: Coil
  • Front Struts: MacPherson


  • Warranty information

  • New Car Basic Warranty: 48 Months/50,000 Miles
  • Powertrain: Drivetrain/Powertrain: 72 Months/70,000 Miles
  • Corrosion Perforation: Rust: 72 Months


NHTSA Ratings

  1. Overall Rating

  2. Frontal Crash

  3. Side Crash

  4. Rollover

Safety Features

  1. Child Safety Door Locks
  2. Electronic Stability Control: Standard
  3. Energy Absorbing Steering Column
  4. Rearview Monitor: in Dash
  5. Side Impact Airbags: Standard
  6. Child Seat Anchors: LATCH System
  7. Crumple Zones: Front/rear
  8. Camera System: Rearview
  9. Impact Absorbing Bumpers
  10. Body Side Reinforcements: Side Impact Door Beams
  11. Anti-lock Brakes Four Wheel: Standard
  12. Parking Sensors: Rear
  13. Front Driver Airbags: Standard
  14. Daytime Running Lights: Standard
  15. Rollover Stability Control: Not Available
  16. Front Passenger Airbags: Standard
  17. Anti-lock Brakes Two Wheel: Not Available
  18. Emergency Interior Trunk Release
  19. Brake Assist: Standard
  20. Side Curtain Airbags: Standard

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