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2011 Cadillac CTS Review

The highly-ranked 2011 Cadillac CTS offers sporty, yet refined handling, as well as a luxurious, thoughtfully-designed interior, which makes it a great choice for anyone looking for an agile 2011 midsize car.

Pros & Cons

  • Nimble handling
  • Capable engines
  • Upscale interior
  • Excellent safety scores
  • Base front seats may not be comfortable for some




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 10.0
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2011 Cadillac CTS Overview

When it was new, critics praised the 2011 Cadillac CTS for its captivating and contemporary styling and its composed, agile handling. Enthusiasts looking for adept handling should look for models equipped with the sport suspension. In addition to a sedan, the CTS is also available in coupe and Sport Wagon body styles, as well as a high-performance CTS-V. The 2011 CTS also stands out with an outstanding safety score.

The CTS is available with a 270-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 or a 304-horsepower 3.6-liter V6, as well as the choice of rear- or all-wheel drive. A manual transmission is also available with certain configurations. With an automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, the sedan achieves 18/27 mpg city/highway with either engine, while opting for all-wheel drive drops that estimate only slightly. The CTS has 13.6 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average for the class, although some testers noted that a small opening makes it difficult to load larger items. The coupe is only available with the 3.6-liter V6, and can only seat four. Its trunk is also slightly smaller.

Inside, critics were impressed with the CTS’ high-quality interior, as well as the overall cabin design. The interior is spacious as well, being closer in size to a 2011 BMW 5-Series, for example, rather than the 2011 BMW 3-Series which it is often compared with. Some critics said the base front seats lacked proper support, and found the available sport seats to be more comfortable. Every CTS comes standard with an eight-speaker Bose stereo with satellite radio and dual-zone climate control. Features available on upper trims and in option packages include a power sunroof, Bluetooth, upgraded stereo, navigation, backup camera and heated front seats. Standard safety equipment includes stability and traction control, as well as six airbags.

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Other Cars to Consider

Critics said the 2011 Acura TL offers a sporty, yet comfortable, ride, as well as a host of standard features. The TL also matches the CTS’ great safety scores. Keep in mind that some critics weren’t fond of the TL’s button-heavy dash.

The 2011 Lincoln MKZ doesn’t have the athletic prowess of the CTS, but it does have an interior that most critics said is luxurious and comfortable. Its trunk can hold more cargo as well, so it might be a good choice for those buying a family vehicle. 

Compare the CTS to the TL and MKZ »

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