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2014 Cadillac CTS: The Jalopnik Review
Review by Travis Okulski
Oct. 15, 2013


I’ll just say it. The 2014 Cadillac CTS is easily the best sedan General Motors has ever built. Ever.

(Full Disclosure: Cadillac wanted me to drive the 2014 CTS so bad that they gave me considerable seat time in both the 2.0T and the Vsport. I also definitely didn’t go on a dirt road and slide it all over the place at one point. Nope. That certainly didn’t happen.)

When Cadillac started reinventing itself, the CTS was the workhorse in its lineup. It was positioned to compete with both BMW 3-series and BMW 5-series sized competitors. And other than the glorious CTS-V, the hard working Caddy suffered for it. They compared it to the 3-Series at some times, the 5-Series at others, which meant that the CTS didn’t have a defined identity. It had to be all things to all people all at once.

Sure, the last generation car looked pretty great, but it was too small to be a real 5-series competitor and too bloated to compete with the 3-series. It fell into some weird sports sedan purgatory where it just couldn’t thrive. It also hurt Cadillac from within. The CTS was too close in size to the STS, and it was the better car. It made the STS totally redundant.

Then the brilliant Alpha platform came along, and with it Cadillac introduced the ATS, a car which was a true 3-series/A4/C-Class competitor. It also made the CTS the sad old dog in the Cadillac lineup. For a while I thought the ATS would kill the CTS like the CTS killed the STS.

But no!

GM made the Alpha platform bigger and said a new CTS would grow longer, lower, and leaner, ready to fire a shot straight at ze midsize Germans. The new car is five inches longer, which moves it directly in line with the 5-Series/A6/E-Class. It has three engines, including an all new 3.6 liter twin turbo V6, gorgeous interiors and probably the prettiest face in the business.

The real story here is the development of American luxury, and just how differently our two biggest automakers have gone about revamping their marquis brands. Ford’s Lincoln has been lost in a terrifying horror forest for the last 15 years, and instead of getting closer to the tree line they’ve been going deeper into the darkness. The MKZ is an economy car in a funky tuxedo, but at its heart it’s still an economy car.

GM has taken a measured, long term approach with Cadillac. There’s a clear vision for the brand, they know what they want it to be, and the vision is finally culminating. Cadillac was Season One of Seinfeld just a few years ago. It wasn’t funny and it should have been cancelled. But some people saw the vision, they knew where it could go, they caught some brilliant moments, they understood. Now we’re entering season four. The brand is hitting its stride. It’s Cadillac’s Summer of George.

Exterior: 8/10

Pictures don’t do the new Caddy justice. From the front it’s imposing and aggressive, with narrow LED accents, a huge gaping grille, and some very distinct character lines. There is absolutely no mistaking the new CTS for any other car in the class or any other car on the road. The Vsport also rides on attractive anthracite 18-inch wheels, which is as hard to write as it is to believe.

Wait, you’re sure they aren’t 38-inch wheels? You mean they picked an appropriately-sized wheel?

But there is a detriment to smaller wheels in the appearance department. The CTS has quite a few character lines running at an angle towards the back, it accentuates the height of the car. This makes the rear wheels look exceedingly small.

I’m also a bit blasé about the rear end of the car. It’s like they spent all the time designing the front end, then ran out of time and drew something that looked like a Cadillac for the back. Or perhaps they only decided to distribute styling to the front, because the rear is a bit more on the boring side and looks rather XTS-ish.

Interior: 8/10

Cadillac has eight interior environments for the CTS. Yeah. Environments. But don’t let that marketing speak send you screaming into the moonlight. This is a gorgeous interior, especially the sport… environment.

There you have black and red two-tone, with real carbon fiber trim that has a bit of red in the weave. I do prefer brushed aluminum or a dark wood to carbon fiber, but this actually looks rather tasteful. It also has well bolstered seats that are nice and tight and quite comfortable. It’s not a recliner like Caddys of old.

One of the CTS’s I drove had a more luxury-oriented environment, which means less bolstered seats and more wood and chrome in place of the carbon fiber. It’s more traditional Caddy than new school performance, but it’s all beautifully put together.

Acceleration: 8/10

The 2.0T is the 270 horsepower engine you know and love from the ATS, except now it has a considerable amount more torque, like 50 pound feet. My Timex ass timer gave me a 0-to-60 time of about 5.5 seconds, but apparently official numbers put that closer to six seconds.

For the Vsport, Cadillac throws in its all new, 3.6 liter, direct injection, twin-turbo V6 with 420 horsepower. This is a quick car. It’s not CTS-V levels of fast, but it is BMW 550i levels of fast. It’s a responsive engine, with great punch in the mid-range and little discernable turbo lag.

The power of the Vsport is mighty impressive, but my money would go to the 2.0T. It’s better than you’d expect and is definitely the secret sauce in the CTS recipe. Though it is the base engine, which I guess makes it less of a secret sauce and more like a tasty bottle of three cheese marinara.

Braking: 8/10

Really solid brakes, great pedal feel, and you have Brembos up front. The new CTS is also around 200 pounds lighter than the last gen car, so it’s just that much more responsive and solid under braking.

It feels very old school BMW, which is a good thing.

Ride: 8/10

Magnetic Ride, you beautiful bastard. I’ve professed my love for MRC before, and it still holds true here in the CTS. Tour mode is the soft, do anything mode, and it’s spectacularly comfortable. But it’s also controlled and solid, which means it doesn’t float like a Cadillac of old. You’re connected.

The smaller wheels add to the ride quality, which makes it less harsh over bumps and you don’t run the risk of bent wheels and popped tires every time you hit a pothole. Maybe that’s a note to take, German luxury car makers…

You can also put the MRC in Sport, and in the Vsport, there’s a Track mode, which just stiffens it up and makes it kind of uncomfortable. But if it didn’t have a Sport or Track setting, people would complain that it isn’t a real sport sedan because it doesn’t have those buttons. And that’s probably because people just don’t want to accept that the Cadillac is as good as it is, so they’ll find a reason to bash it.

We challenge you to try it.
Handling: 7/10

Everything you like about the ATS is just as good or better in the CTS. The handling here is about the same, which is no small achievement since the ATS is a fun little car. The CTS is a fun midsize car. Steering is also direct and nicely weighted, with enough feedback to let you know that you aren’t navigating a yacht.

Gearbox: 8/10

There are two gearboxes on offer in the CTS. One is a six speed auto, the other is an eight speed. Both are quick and crisp, and make a nice little pop on shifts. In a change, the eight speed isn’t the ubiquitous ZF gearbox that is in basically every great car these days, but is instead an Aisin developed box. It’s not quite as good as the ZF in all situations, but it’s still fast enough that Herbert B. Cadillac Drivist won’t complain.

The paddle shift is also fast and responsive, with nicely matched downshifts and quick upshifts. It does do the first-to-second upshift for you in manual mode, which I don’t care for. But I also doubt that most people will use the paddles or care that it does that.

Audio: 7/10

The Bose stereo sounds great. My 90s rock selections came through loud and clear, the Gin Blossoms sound just as good in the Caddy as they do live.

The V6TT and I4 both sound throaty, aggressive, and vaguely like Janis Joplin in the mid-range.

Cadillac has also made a bit of an interesting decision by piping sounds into the cabin depending on what mode you’re in. What it does is take elements of real engine noise and then send it through the speakers to make you feel extra sporty, I guess.

I tried to tell the difference in the engine note when I was in tour, sport, and track, and I couldn’t really pick up on any changes. It must be really subtle. Or maybe I’m going deaf? Or perhaps I’m going blind? Maybe I’m out of my mind?

Toys: 8/10

It has every single toy you’d expect in this class, like a reconfigurable digital dash on some models, lane departure warnings, radar cruise, collision warnings, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and all the other bibs and bobs you want.

Then it has CUE, Cadillac’s sometimes maligned, sometimes beloved, infotainment system. Certain parts are great, like the voice recognition. I also dig the haptic touch interface. It was slow to load my iPod and respond to searches on there. The navigation system also couldn’t find a nearby train station, which was a bit of a concern since those are fairly large landmarks.

Value: 8/10

If you know how much an E-Class, A6, or a 5-Series costs, then you know how much a CTS costs. It’s worth every penny.

It’s a great looking, great driving car that I’d put against basically anything on the road today. Every person I drove in the car was impressed, and it consistently impressed me. The CTS is that high school student that was in all honors classes, was friends with everyone, and played varsity sports. Only a few people in school hated that kid. And those kids are BMW, Mercedes, and Audi.

Cadillac has been promising that they’d be the standard of the world for more than a decade now, and it’s finally true. This is the best car in the Cadillac lineup, and I think it’s even the best car in its class.

When did you think you’d hear that?


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Join us on Friday, October 25, 2013, from 4:00-8:00pm for the Lindsay Cadillac 50th Anniversary Grand Re-Opening Reception & 2014 CTS Launch Party

Lindsay Cadillac in Alexandria, VA, is celebrating 50 fabulous years serving and supporting our community.  The Lindsay Automotive Group started in 1963 with Lindsay Oldsmobile-Cadillac Company.   Since then, the family-owned and operated group has grown to now include 6 dealership locations, 9 manufacturer product lines, and Virginia’s largest body shop, Lindsay Collision in Springfield, VA.   Lindsay Automotive Group continues to be a philanthropic pillar in the Washington, DC Metro area.

In celebration of 50 years, Lindsay Cadillac is hosting a weekend sales event with a special reception on Friday, October 25th from 4-8pm.  The party will highlight the 2013 facility renovation which included:

  • Complete Exterior Renovation with an enlarged glass-enclosed breezeway entrance, adding both comfort and style.
  • Complete Interior Renovation with 3 new customer lounges containing flat screen TVs, an elegant wall-mounted fireplace, and an expanded refreshment bar.  Other features include fully renovated restrooms, completely reconfigured and renovated sales offices, and 6 internet workstations.  Also, upgraded lighting, new furniture and floors can be found throughout the entire facility.
  • Completely Remodeled Service Area and Service Drive with reconfigured service advisor desks, new convenient location for Enterprise rental cars, high-speed entry & exit doors, and new epoxy-painted floors in the service lane.

At our celebration you will enjoy specialty snacks and refreshments, exclusive offers and incentives, fantastic Lindsay gift giveaways, keepsake souvenirs, and even an authentic 1963 Cadillac DeVille!

If that isn’t enough, the night will also be the stage for the unveiling of the brand new 2014 Cadillac CTS.  Be one of the first to see this highly-anticipated new model from Cadillac and all that this amazing vehicle has to offer.

Please join us to celebrate the world-class Cadillac brand and the people who have been providing top-notch service to this community for over 50 years!

For more information and updates on the event, find it on Facebook here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Sébastien Ogier (right) and co-driver Julien Ingrassia

The World Rally Championship (WRC) pits cars and drivers in a series of two, three or four day events through some of the toughest conditions on the planet. The roads on this epic motorsport adventure range from the ice and snow of Scandinavia to the stifling heat of Greece – over surfaces including packed ice, smooth asphalt and boulder-strewn rocky tracks.

Last week Volkswagen became the first manufacturer in the history of the World Rally Championship to claim its maiden WRC title in its debut season. Frenchman Sébastien Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia won the World Rally Championship in a Volkswagen Polo R WRC this past week in France.

This is Ogier/Ingrassia’s maiden Driver and Co-Driver title in the WRC. It is also the first time that a driver or co-driver had ever been crowned World Champions whilst driving for a manufacturer making its debut in the WRC. With the Polo R WRC, Volkswagen is making its first appearance in the WRC in 2013, and has already exceeded all expectations in its rookie season. Volkswagen also leads the Manufacturers’ Championship with three races to go.

Having completed ten rallies, Ogier/Ingrassia currently have six wins and two second places to their name. Ogier/Ingrassia had already scored 25 points on Power Stages this season alone prior to today’s stage – as many points as are awarded for winning a rally. In winning the title, Ogier/Ingrassia succeed record World Championship winners Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena (F/MC, Citroën), who had won the previous nine World Rally Championships.

Excited about his win Ogier states “I am absolutely overjoyed! I could give everyone in the world a big hug. The feeling is impossible to describe. To have won the World Championship title in France is an absolute dream come true. For the last few days I have been trying not to think too much about it, in order to avoid making any mistakes. The relief now is immense. As a little boy, I used to marvel at the cars and top drivers at the Rally Monte Carlo with my father in my home town of Gap – and now Julien and I are World Rally Champions. It is crazy. However, I am also well aware that rallying is a team sport. This success would never have been possible without our fantastic team at Volkswagen. Whether trucker, mechanic or race engineer, I have to thank everyone. One thing is for sure – we will celebrate in style now!”

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Oktoberfest is a sixteen day festival in Munich, Germany that celebrates Beer.  Our passion is still German-born but it has four wheels.  At Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles we will have an Oktoberfest event to celebrate VW – Das Auto.

Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 20, 2013.  Lindsay Volkswagen will host its first annual Lindsay VW Oktoberfest Celebration.

Please Join Us – Click Here to RSVP

The event’s goal is to bring Volkswagen enthusiasts from across the DC Metro area and Northern Virginia to celebrate the VW brand.  In addition, we look forward to providing wholesome festival fun for all ages.  And for those looking for a great deal on a New or Used Volkswagen, we will have those, too.

The Lindsay VW Oktoberfest Celebration will consist of carnival games and booths including Duck Pond, Frog Flinger, Furious Fowl, and Baseball Toss, as well as live music.  Food trucks will be on site and pre-paid meal tickets are provided by Lindsay Volkswagen.  The SUNdeVICH food truck will be providing German style sandwiches, as well as other international flavorings, and hot dogs for kids.  The Captain Cookie & The Milkman “cookie” truck will also be on site offering cookies and ice cream.  Water and root beer will be provided free of charge as well.

Our good friends and members of NOVAdubs  will be on site and displaying some of the coolest VW’s around.  If you are new to the Volkswagen brand, our Oktoberfest celebration is a great way to be welcomed into the world of VW.  All are welcome to come celebrate with us, from the diehard VW enthusiast to the family looking for Sunday fun.

Lindsay Volkswagen is located in Sterling, VA just off Route 28 between the exits for Sterling Blvd. and Church Rd. on Cedar Green Rd. – Click here for directions.

Look for the decked out Jetta’s and GTI’s or the classic Beetle and Bus!

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