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2010 Cadillac CTS Review

The 2010 Cadillac CTS balances agile handling with a comfortable ride and an upscale and luxurious interior, which makes it a compelling choice if you’re looking for a well-rounded 2010 midsize car.

Pros & Cons

  • Refined handling
  • Ample power from either engine
  • Upscale interior with intuitive design
  • Strong safety scores
  • Front seats lack adequate bolstering




Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.4
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2010 Cadillac CTS Overview

When it was new, critics were captivated by the 2010 CTS, saying its ride, handling and interior are as good as its best German and Japanese competitors. Those looking for more utility should look at the 2010 CTS Sport Wagon, which is reviewed separately. The high-performance 2010 CTS-V is also available as a sedan or wagon, and is also reviewed separately.

The base CTS received a new engine for 2010, a 3.0-liter V6 that makes 270 horsepower, and critics said it has plenty of power. But for those who need more power, a 3.6-liter V6 with 304 horsepower is also available. Fuel economy for a rear-wheel drive CTS with an automatic transmission is 18/27 mpg city/highway with either engine. Those with all-wheel drive do just slightly worse, and generally, these ratings are about average for the class. A manual transmission is available with either engine and the CTS also offers a Performance trim that includes a sport-tuned suspension, which should please driving enthusiasts. The CTS can haul up to 13.6 cubic feet of cargo in its trunk, which is about average for the class.

Inside, critics were generally pleased with the CTS’ cabin, noting its high-quality interior materials and intuitive design. Most said that all seating positions offered plenty of space, but some wished for more supportive front buckets during hard cornering. The CTS comes standard with dual-zone climate control and satellite radio. Features available on upper trim levels or in option packages include a power sunroof, Bluetooth, backup camera, navigation and a USB port.

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Other Cars to Consider

Critics said that the 2010 Acura TL was one of the best choices in the class, and that TLs equipped with Acura’s Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) are deft handlers. Keep in mind that most reviewers said the base front-wheel drive TL is a different animal, and is geared more toward comfort than sport, so it may not be as fun to drive as the base CTS.

The 2010 BMW 3-Series is the benchmark by which most critics judge other sport sedans, thanks to its nimble handling and smooth engines. The 3-Series is not as big as the CTS, so while it’s more agile, it’s not as roomy inside. However, the 3-series comes in sedan, coupe, convertible and wagon body styles.

Compare the CTS to the TL and 3-Series »


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