2018 CTS New Car Test Drive
The 2018 Cadillac CTS begins the fifth year of its generation, after being revised for 2017, outside and in, plus tech upgrades. For 2018, CTS gets an available automatic heated steering wheel. Otherwise, it carries over unchanged.
The CTS holds its own, at the least, when compared to German sedans like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Audi A6. It blows them out of the water in looks, with its sharp creases and stunning LED lighting. It shares its platform with the smaller Cadillac ATS; the CTS came first, so the ATS is more efficiently packaged. In return, the ATS has shown the CTS how to handle like a smaller car.
The base engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 268 horsepower; it accelerates from zero to sixty in about six seconds, which is nearly as quick as the bigger engine, a smooth 3.6-liter V6 making 335 horsepower. Whose fuel mileage of 24 miles per gallon Combined city and highway EPA rating is nearly as good as the four-cylinder's 25 mpg Combined. So the four-cylinder turbo is almost as fast and almost as thirsty as the normally aspirated V6.
The third choice is the CTS V-Sport, with its twin-turbo V6 making 420 horsepower and blasting from zero to sixty in 4.7 seconds. It rates just 18 miles per gallon.
There is one transmission, a paddle-shifting eight-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive is available.
A separate model is the awesome and other-worldly CTS-V, using the Corvette Z06 engine, a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 making 640 horsepower and 630 concrete-ripping foot pounds of torque. The CTS-V uses a lot of carbon fiber. Zero to sixty is 3.7 seconds. What else do you need to know?.
CTS ($46,295) 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 ($2000) is available for all models. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)
CTS Luxury ($51,995) adds leather upholstery, HID headlights, a power tilt/telescoping steering column, and panoramic sunroof.
CTS Premium Luxury with V6 engine ($59,495) upgrades with a rearview camera, 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.
CTS V-Sport ($60,995) comes with a 420-horsepower turbocharged V6 engine and rear-wheel drive, along with Magnetic Ride Control, Brembo brakes, a limited-slip differential, and 18-inch wheels. Premium ($71,095) upgrades further with 20-way power front seats, reconfigurable gauge cluster, aluminum pedals, adaptive cruise control, and front/rear automatic braking.
CTS-V ($86,000) features a Corvette engine and Nurburgring handling.