Cadillac's redesigned 2014 CTS has been named 2014 Car of the Year by Motor Trend magazine. This is the second time the CTS has won the publication's prestigious award. It previously won in 2008 when it was last redesigned.
Motor Trend says that the CTS' styling was "polarizing from the start" when it debuted for the 2003 model year, and its 2008 redesign kept the styling theme going. The newest version continues with Cadillac's Art and Science styling, and Motor Trend says it "is as relevant and trend-busting as it's ever been; moreover, it has once again successfully evolved in order to remain contemporary and competitive well into the foreseeable future."
However, Motor Trend says the redesigned CTS offers more than just standout styling. The magazine says it has a range of dynamic engines, including a fuel-efficient turbocharged four-cylinder, as well as V6 options that deliver class-competitive power and fuel economy. In addition to its engines, Motor Trend says the CTS has "an absolutely fantastic chassis" that enables both great handling and a comfortable ride.
To determine which car would be named Car of the Year, Motor Trend evaluated 22 new or heavily updated models based on six criteria: advancement in design, engineering excellence, efficiency, safety, value and performance of intended function.
MSN Autos points out that the CTS was up against much tougher competition for the award this time around than it was in 2008, including the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5-Series and Infiniti Q50, which it says are three of the segment's fiercest competitors.
Finalists for the 2014 Car of the Year award included the 2014 BMW 4-Series, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Jaguar F-Type, Kia Forte, Mazda3, Mazda6 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The Tesla Model S won the Car of the Year award for 2013.
Cadillac's redesigned CTS and other new products are proving popular with consumers as well. The Detroit Free Press says, "Cadillac is riding a wave of momentum based on a flurry of new products," with sales up 27 percent so far this year.
Cadillac unveiled the redesigned 2014 CTS in March at the New York International Auto Show. The new model is both longer and lighter than the outgoing 2013 model, and offers a host of new technology and safety features. The CTS is on sale now and starts at $46,025, which includes destination fees.
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