2017 CTS New Car Test Drive
The 2017 Cadillac CTS midsize luxury sedan has been modified front and rear for the model year, touching up the grille and moving the vertically oriented LED headlights downward. The reworked back bumper is fitted with vertical exhaust outlets on 2017 CTS models, and an 8-inch infotainment screen is now standard, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. A new Carbon Black appearance package is optional for 2017 CTS Luxury and Premium models.
The 2017 CTS is the third generation of the CTS, launched as a 2014 model.
All along, the Cadillac CTS has stood apart from the luxury-sedan pack in appearance, flaunting an abundance of sharp creases, as well as a stunning array of LED lighting up front. Sharing its basic foundation and some powertrains with the smaller ATS, the CTS feels snug inside for a midsize sedan.
CTS comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, rated at 268 horsepower and capable of reaching 60 mph in a brisk six seconds. The 3.6-liter V6, making 335 horsepower, doesn't accelerate much quicker. For 0-60 mph acceleration in just 4.7 seconds, you need to move up to the V-Sport edition, with its twin-turbocharged V6 generating 420 horsepower.
All engines mate with an 8-speed automatic transmission that includes paddle shifters. Rear-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive is available.
The Cadillac CTS-V delivers fantastic acceleration performance, excellent high-speed stability and outstanding handling. Adapted from the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, the CTS-V's supercharged 6.2-liter V8 whips up a startling 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration to 60 mph takes only 3.7 seconds. Lightweight carbon fiber is used for the hood and bumpers. Fenders are widened, to encompass bigger tires. ZF electric power steering promises satisfying feedback. Magnetic Ride Control, now in its third generation, keeps the ride luxuriously easygoing when full-bore performance isn't called for.
CTS ($45,995) comes standard with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, leatherette (vinyl) upholstery, CUE infotainment with an 8-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, 11-speaker Bose audio, 10-way power front seats, a rearview camera, rear parking assist, and 17-inch wheels. Rear-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive is optional ($47,995).
CTS Luxury ($51,695) add leather upholstery, HID headlights, a power tilt/telescoping steering column, and panoramic sunroof. (All prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.) All-wheel drive is optional ($53,695). CTS Luxury luxury is available with V6 rear-wheel drive ($53,695) and V6 all-wheel drive ($55,695).
CTS Premium ($59,195) comes standard with the 3.6-liter V6 and adds rear camera mirror, surround-view cameras, head-up display, 18-inch wheels, parking assist, tri-zone climate control, heated rear seats, and a 12.3-inch gauge cluster. All-wheel drive is optional ($61,195).
CTS V-Sport ($60,695) comes with 420-horsepower turbocharged V6 engine and rear-wheel drive, along with Magnetic Ride Control, Brembo brakes, a limited-slip differential, and 18-inch wheels. V-Sport Premium ($70,795) adds 20-way power front seats, reconfigurable gauge cluster, aluminum pedals, adaptive cruise control, and front/rear automatic braking.
CTS-V ($85,995) features a Corvette Z06 engine that issues a rousing 640 horsepower.