Here is a great review of the new Cadillac CTS which was posted on AutoBlog.com. You can read the full article by clicking here.
Cadillac took the wraps off its all-new midsize CTS sedan at the New York Auto Show in March of this year. Closely related, both inside and out, to the smaller ATS sedan, the new four-door stopped many show goers in their tracks with its stunning and aggressive styling.
The CTS will impress you with its powerful rear-wheel-drive. It shares platforms with the slightly smaller ATS.
The CTS utilizes lots of high strength steel, alloy suspension components and was the first vehicle with aluminum doors, which saves weight. The new 2014 CTS has shed 244 pounds compared to the base 2013 3.0-liter base model, and it boasts a near 50/50 weight balance like its European rivals. While most cars are loading down the scale, the curb weight of the lightest CTS model is 3,649 pounds (for comparison, the BMW 528i tips the scales at 3,814 pounds while the Mercedes-Benz E350 is 4,012 pounds).
The new CTS has an independent MacPherson-type front suspension, while the rear is an independent five-link setup. Standard models have fixed damping, but Magnetic Ride Control (MRC), GM’s excellent active damping system, is standard on vehicles with 18- and 19-inch wheels. The steering is a ZF rack-mounted electric system with variable assist, and front four-piston aluminum Brembo brakes are standard in all models (the rear brakes are single-piston sliding iron calipers). Wheel sizes, meanwhile, range from 17- to 19-inches, depending on the powerplant and options.
The new CTS will offer three engines, two transmissions and two drivelines that can be mixed ad matched to make six powertrain combinations that can handle all types of weather conditions. Even though there will be many engine models to choose from, those seeking a bit more power will likely opt for the 3.6 model. Cadillac mates the engine to an eight-speed automatic in the rear-wheel-drive model, but the all-wheel-drive version retains the six-speed automatic like the 2.0-liter. The V6 will hit the 60-mph benchmark in about six seconds flat.
The interior of the new CTS is equally as stunning, with Cadillac equipping all trim levels (Standard, Luxury, Performance and Premium) with features that included acoustically laminated front side windows, 14-way power operated front seats and the Cadillac User Experience (CUE), which comes with an 8-inch flat-panel display in the center console. While leatherette is standard on the base model, there are eight different available interior environments, blending soft leather, genuine wood, real aluminum and carbon fiber. An analog instrument panel is standard, but a 12.3-inch fully reconfigurable digital cluster is offered in the higher grades. In terms of connectivity, the CTS is supplied with three USB ports, an SD card reader and an AUX input. An 11-speaker Bose audio package is also standard, with a 13-speaker Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound system optional or bundled with a premium package.
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