2019 CTS New Car Test Drive
The 2019 Cadillac CTS bids farewell to GM's lineup with its handsome shape and excellent handling intact. Little has changed for the 2019 model year except for a few new paint colors; a new CT5 sedan will replace the CTS for the 2020 model year.
Strong on performance, comparable to premium European sedans, the 2019 CTS comes in base, Luxury, Premium Luxury, or V-Sport trim. Cadillac also continues to offer the super-performance CTS-V offshoot, equipped with a rip-roaring 604-horsepower V-8 engine.
Powertrain choices are similar to those of Cadillac's smaller ATS. In the base model, a 2.0-liter turbo-4 makes 268 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. A more popular choice, the 3.6-liter V-6 develops 335 hp and 285 lb-ft. Topping the powertrain trio, in the V-Sport edition, a potent twin-turbo V-6 generates 420 hp and 430 lb-ft.
An 8-speed automatic is standard. Rear-drive is standard, but 4-cylinder and non-turbo V-6 models can be equipped with all-wheel drive. Only rear-wheel drive is available for the V-Sport, which can hit 60 mph in a startling 4.6 seconds.
Most crash-test results inspire confidence. The NHTSA gives the 2019 CTS a clean sweep of five-star ratings: overall, frontal, side-impact, and rollover prevention.
The IIHS gave the CTS only a 'Marginal'? rating in the tough front small-overlap test, for the driver's side. Headlights were judged “Poor,” but other tests earned “Good” scores.
Active-safety technology is somewhat restricted. Except for the base model, CTS sedans get blind-spot monitors, active lane control, and forward-collision warnings; automatic emergency braking is included at V-Sport level..
Prices do not include $995 destination charge.
Base CTS ($46,995 with rear-drive, $48,995 with all-wheel drive) holds a 4-cylinder turbo engine, with power front seats, synthetic leather seat trim, rear parking sensors, 11-speaker Bose audio, Bluetooth, and 17-inch wheels. The 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system operates with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Luxury ($52,695 with RWD, $54,695 with AWD) adds a power tilt/telescoping steering column, leather, heated and cooled front seats, 13-speaker Bose audio, navigation, and panoramic moonroof.
Premium Luxury ($60,195 with RWD, $62,195 with AWD) gets the 3.6-liter V-6, plus a surround-view camera system, automatic parking assist, color head-up display, tri-zone automatic climate control, magnetic ride control, and 18-inch wheels,
V-Sport ($61,695) has rear-wheel drive and a turbocharged version of the 3.6-liter V-6. Included are performance Brembo front brakes, a limited-slip differential, and Track mode.
V-Sport Premium Luxury ($71,795) adds 20-way seats and a performance-theme gauge cluster.
CTS-V ($86,995) contains a supercharged 640-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8..