2018 Cadillac CTS – In a very field of luxury sports sedans that are canted more toward the posh end of this space, the Cadillac CTS is a breathing of fresh air for driving fans. Its rear-wheel-drive design, balanced framework, and immediate steering make quick work of curvy back again streets. It imparts a feeling of athleticism that modern BMWs have drifted. And its own edgy outdoor styling sticks out from the audience, for better or worse. The Caddy also offers all the most popular infotainment features that premium-segment customers expect, including an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot. However, the CTS underdelivers on the luxury front: rear-seat passenger space is limited, construction isn’t reliable, and powertrain refinement is subpar. Such shortcomings are what kept the Cadillac in second place behind the Mercedes-AMG E43 in a recently available five-car assessment test. Purchasers shopping in this section are faced with a variety of options within the sport-luxury range, and the CTS is one of the better choices for those seeking the latter.
Two additional USB plug-ins now are in the trunk of the CTS’s middle unit so that rear-seat passengers may charge their devices. In advance, the optional warmed tyre now turns itself on in low-temperature conditions, while a fresh exterior color–Satin Metallic Metallic–is now available. Revisions to the myCadillac iPhone application now include Apple Watch compatibility, allowing users to choose a variety of commands off their wrist.
2018 Cadillac CTS Specs
Three different engines provide power outputs which range from plentiful to potent, but powertrain refinement doesn’t seem to be a priority in the CTS. An eight-speed computerized transmission manages reasonable gearchanges, and most 2018 Cadillac CTS models can be had with either back- or all-wheel drive.
The base CTS’s 268-horsepower turbocharged inline-four outran the best four-cylinder sedans from European countries in our acceleration tests, but its engine motor sound is less sophisticated than the fours in the BMW 530i or the Audi A6 2.0T. Alas, the Caddy’s optional 335-hp 3.6-liter V-6 struggled to compete with similarly powered rivals like the BMW 540i and the Audi A6 Competition. Opt for the 420-hp twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter, and the CTS becomes a performance powerhouse with almost 100 more horsepower than either of these German sedans. In the event that’s simply not enough grunt for you, then Cadillac offers the fantastic CTS-V with 640 horse power, but its price is more than $20,000 higher; we review that thoroughbred separately.
The 335-hp normally aspirated V-6 under the hood of your test car turned out itself to be unrefined, exhibiting both a rough idle and an unacceptably shaky car stop/start function. Gearchanges are treated competently by an eight-speed automatic no matter which engine unit is chosen and can be personally commanded using amazingly designed, steering-wheel-mounted magnesium transfer paddles.
2018 Cadillac CTS Exterior
All CTS models sports a chiseled, athletic appearance that only gets more hostile by adding larger tires or the Carbon African american appearance package. Very little has modified, however, because the current-generation CTS’s advantages in 2014.
Narrower, much longer, and lower-slung than its competitors, the 2018 Cadillac CTS has a shape that fits its performance-oriented quest and gives it an agile, sporty fa?ade. This trimmer condition, however, also contributes to a cramped back again seat.
Sharp-edged, linear design elements are a brand and present the CTS a distinctive try a portion that consists usually of conservatively designed sedans. All models come with aluminum tires shod with run-flat tires, but there is enough of room for customization, with 15 different wheel designs in a variety of finishes. A panoramic sunroof is offered as a choice on the bottom model and the V-Sport but is standard on all other trims.
2018 Cadillac CTS Interior
The CTS’s cabin manages to feel significantly less than the amount of its parts. Fine materials are used throughout, however the many textures and design elements are jarring in their lack of harmony and look decidedly less than upscale. Some “2018 Cadillac CTS” models we’ve analyzed also experienced indifferent interior construction. A cramped rear end chair and below-average outward visibility are disappointing as well.
Front-seat passengers will find spacious and comfortable accommodations in the CTS, but people who are slow-moving to call shotgun may protest, as the Cadillac supplies the least amount of rear-seat calf- and headroom in this matchup.
The cabin of the CTS is manufactured out of a collection of materials that run the gamut in look and texture–both soft and perforated leathers, open-pore lumber, gloss-black trim, chromed clear plastic, and faux suede. The combo of so many different materials, as nice because they are, brings about a busy interior design. Unfortunately, we’ve sampled some CTS models that suffer from poorly fitted interior panels.
The inside is set up with the driver in mind; almost all of the handles are within easy reach, and the driving a car position is perfect for sporty driving. Both standard analog gauges and the optional digital gauge-cluster screen are easy to read instantly, with the latter being both better-looking and reconfigurable showing a variety of information. High quality Luxury models include a full-color head-up display that makes it even much easier to see pertinent information such as acceleration and navigation commands without looking from the road.
2018 Cadillac CTS Prices
We’re still enamored with the 2018 Cadillac CTS V-Sport and its 420-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6, a satisfying match for the CTS’s finely tuned chassis. In addition to its muscly power, the V-Sport model includes performance-enhancing features such as:
- Performance suspension
- Upgraded front disc brakes with Brembo four-piston calipers
- Electric limited-slip differential
What the V-Sport’s $62,190 admittance fee won’t buy you is all-wheel drive. Just like the full-bonkers CTS-V with its 640-horsepower supercharged V-8, the V-Sport is a true driver’s car only driven by the trunk tires. If all-wheel traction is a necessity, you’ll have to settle for one of the Caddy’s other two engines–a 2.0-liter turbo four or a naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V-6–that offer it as an option.