Seat Time: 2014 Cadillac CTS

May 18th, 2014 at 3:13pm

2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport

Seat Time is a chance for us to share our impressions of vehicles being tested in the Autoline Garage and at media previews from around the globe.

Manufacturer: General Motors
Make: Cadillac
Model: CTS
Type: 4-door Sedan
Competitors: Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series, Lexus GS
Price: Base = $46,105. As Tested = $66,830
Made in: Lansing, MI
Drivetrain: 3.6L V6 321hp w/ 8-speed automatic
EPA Ratings: 18 city/ 29 highway/ 22 combined

Read on for Seamus McElroy‘s final impressions of this vehicle

Final Impression:

2014 Cadillac CTSWhen Cadillac introduced the ATS just about two years ago, that meant the CTS would no longer be the company’s entry level sedan. As a result, the 2014 CTS is five inches longer and the wheelbase is 1.2 inches wider. But it also means the CTS is more expensive, the base price is about $6,000 more.

I really like the design of the new model, it’s much sleeker looking than before. One thing I did not like is the placement of the B-pillar. It somewhat gets in the way when trying to get in and out of the car.

Inside is just as nice with leather wrapped seats and Cadillac’s infotainment system, the CUE, helps with the upscale feel. I really liked the opening animation that shows up on the clusters and navigation screen when you first get inside the car. There were times CUE wasn’t as responsive as I would have liked and fingerprints on the touchscreen are very noticeable, more so than with other ones I’ve used. But other than that, the system worked well.

The 2014 CTS is available with a feature called Safety Alert Seat which vibrates the seat if it detects a crash is imminent or if another vehicle is in your blindspot when you’re trying to change lanes. However, engineers need to tweak this feature because a parking block or curb would set it off and it got annoying to feel the seat vibrating when a crash was definitely not imminent.

The CTS I drove was equipped with a 3.6L V-6 and matched to an 8-speed automatic. The engine has a nice growl when you start it up or when you put you foot into the accelerator. It’s a fun setup to drive and is more than enough power.

So far, the bigger more expensive CTS hasn’t hurt sales. Through the first four months of the year sales are up 6.5% and after driving the car that is not a surprise.

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