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8.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 9.7
Reliability:
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2012 Cadillac CTS Review

The 2012 Cadillac CTS is an appealing sport sedan thanks to its powerful 3.6-liter V6, responsive handling and attractive interior styling.

Pros & Cons

  • Stylish interior design
  • Crisp handling
  • Seats could be more comfortable

2012 Cadillac CTS Overview

The 2012 CTS is available as a five-seat sedan or a four-seat coupe. A 3.0-liter V6 is standard and a 3.6-liter V6 is available. Critics agreed that the base engine isn't especially powerful and that the larger engine is a better choice as it makes more power without a reduction in fuel economy. According to the EPA, the 2012 Cadillac CTS sedan gets 18/27 mpg city/highway with either V6, which is low for the class. The high-performance CTS-V is powered by a supercharged V8. The CTS is available with a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available. Though some reviewers said the CTS is not quite as agile as rivals like the 2012 BMW 3-Series or Infiniti G37, most agreed that it still handles very well overall, with controlled body motions during cornering, nicely weighted steering and powerful brakes. Test drivers added that the CTS has a comfortable ride and absorbs bumps well, though they said that models with one of the available sport suspensions have much harsher rides.

Critics thought the 2012 Cadillac CTS’ interior design is very dashing and the cabin is filled with first-rate materials. Reviewers said the front seats don’t offer enough knee room and have firm cushions. They reported that the sedan's rear seats don’t have enough head- or legroom for tall passengers and rearward visibility is not very good. The CTS’ 13.6-cubic-foot trunk is on par for the class, though reviewers complained that its opening is small. Standard features in the 2012 CTS include an eight-speaker Bose stereo system, satellite radio, Bluetooth and dual-zone automatic climate control. Available features include a sunroof, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, a 10-speaker Bose stereo system, navigation and heated and cooled front seats.

Other Cars to Consider

Reviewers agreed that the 2012 BMW 3-Series' nimble handling, tremendous cornering grip and powerful turbocharged engines make it one of the most satisfying cars to drive in the class. Critics wrote that the 3-Series has comfortable and supportive front seats and spacious rear seats.

Automotive journalists said the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a comfortable cruiser with a smooth ride and composed handling. They added that the interior has impressive materials and that the V6 in the C350 trim delivers powerful acceleration.

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