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2012 Cadillac CTS Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Cadillac CTS was new.


Interior: 8.0

The interior of the 2012 Cadillac CTS is luxurious and modern. Auto writers like the excellent build quality and upscale materials. They also like that the cabin is roomy, but warn that the driver may be uncomfortable due to a seat that’s mounted low. Getting into and out of the back seat in the CTS Coupe is difficult, but this isn’t unusual for a coupe. Test drivers like Cadillac’s high-tech, user-friendly features. Although the trunk in both models is average-sized, reviewers dislike that the opening is small, which makes it hard to load and unload cargo.

  • "The CTS also boasts one of the most stylish cabins in its class, with very nice materials and bountiful high-tech convenience and entertainment features." -- Edmunds
  • "If you find the interiors of German machines nicely done but a bit somber, you might like the CTS." -- Road and Track
  • "There's nice form to the dash and center console, intelligently grouped controls and gauges, plus just enough brightwork to add style without gaudiness. While Cadillac has excelled in simple, luxurious interiors for years, the new generation CTS aims for more upscale ambience with more visually stimulating ornamentation." -- The Detroit News


Test drivers say the front seats in the 2012 Cadillac CTS sedan are OK, but since the driver’s seat is so low, the driving position may be uncomfortable. Reviewers also say the standard front seats aren’t supportive enough, particularly in a car that begs to be driven enthusiastically. Getting into the back seat in the CTS Coupe is difficult but rear-seat space is tolerable for a coupe. One reviewer notes that the optional Recaro sport seats aren’t worth the extra money and because of their harder padding and narrow width.

  • "Adequate rear-seat space, though larger adults will feel crowded. Legroom is reduced by almost an inch in coupes, but there's still more space back there than you would expect from a 2-door. Marginal headroom is further reduced by the available sunroof, though coupes use a pop-up-only style to keep from further cutting headroom." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Many find the driving position awkward because of slightly offset pedals, a low-mounted seat and compromised knee room due to the sweeping center stack. Overall comfort is also hampered by flat and stiff seatbacks. Thick rear pillars not only make the backseat feel a bit claustrophobic, but the resulting rearward visibility is notably poor, forcing the driver to rely heavily on the optional rearview camera when maneuvering in reverse." -- Edmunds (sedan)
  • "… Recaro seats - disliked by most of us for feeling overstuffed and for rocking back and forth under braking and acceleration - come with 3.6-liter Touring models, while 3.0-liter examples get … the regular seats, albeit now sueded." -- Car and Driver

Interior Features

The automotive press is impressed with the interior build quality and luxurious materials in the 2012 Cadillac CTS. Surfaces blend tastefully and LED interior lighting provides a cool, modern touch. Many reviewers like how Cadillac has integrated the technologies in the CTS. The available navigation system and 40-gigabyte hard-drive-based Bose sound system also earn praise.

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  • "As with the sedan model, the interior of the 2012 Cadillac CTS Coupe features a pleasing angular theme to match the exterior edginess. Soft-touch materials are plentiful, accented by tasteful wood trim." -- Edmunds
  • "Major gauges are large and easy to read. Some testers believe CTS puts form over function when it comes to the use of major controls. … The navigation screen is large, easily legible, and quickly powers up or down. It absorbs some audio controls, and the navigation system itself is not the easiest to program." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The stereo benefits from the navigation system's hard drive, in that you get some of its space for music storage. This is another feature we really like." -- CNET


The trunk in the CTS sedan provides 13.6 cubic feet of storage space, which is more than what’s offered in the BMW 3-Series sedan, but less than the 15.9 cubic feet of cargo space in the Hyundai Genesis. The Cadillac CTS coupe has even less space than the sedan at 10.5 cubic feet, but that’s about average for a coupe. Test drivers aren’t impressed with the trunk in either model, and say that the opening is small, which makes it difficult to load cargo.

  • "Usefulness of the boxy trunk is compromised by a small opening. Split-folding rear seat backs standard in the coupe and optional in the sedan fold completely flat to accommodate longer parcels. The coupe's shorter deck costs a few cubic feet of trunk space." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Trunk space (13.6 cubic feet) is decent, but the narrow opening requires quite a bit of jostling in order to fit bulky items. Golf clubs will not fit width-wise, and so will eat up the available space, as they must be placed diagonally." -- Edmunds (sedan)

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