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2013 Cadillac CTS Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Cadillac CTS was new.


Interior: 7.6

Test drivers like the 2013 CTS’ ornate cabin, which is built with high-quality materials. The CTS also comes with more standard features than a number of cars in the class, but most reviewers say that the trunk is small, and that the seats could be more comfortable.

  • "CTS' decor rivals the best in this highly competitive class. The V includes many unique trim pieces in keeping with its performance pretense." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Inside, the 2013 Cadillac CTS features a pleasing angular theme to match its exterior edginess. Soft-touch materials are plentiful, accented by tasteful wood trim." -- Edmunds 
  • "We love the quiet cabin's luxurious design, and the multi-adjustable seats are uncommonly comfortable for long hauls." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The CTS' cabin quality has held up well since this generation first hit the road as a 2008 model, and it's still competitive against newer entrants like the 535i and M37." -- Cars.com (2012)


The 2013 Cadillac CTS comes standard with leather upholstery and heated front seats that are power-adjustable. Seating options include heated and ventilated front seats and Recaro sport seats. While reviewers are pleased with the CTS’ high-quality materials, they say that other upscale midsize cars are more comfortable. More than one test driver notes that the driving position can be uncomfortable, and that rearward visibility isn’t good without the available backup camera. Additionally, the back seat of the CTS sedan could use more headroom. If you need more room to stretch out, consider rivals like the Acura TL and Lexus ES 350.

  • "The seats seem to put sporty bolstering over long-distance comfort. Coupes have a lower roof than sedans or wagons, which can cramp headroom for taller occupants." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "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 
  • "Despite its elegant and neatly-appointed layout, the CTS' interior ergonomics could use some fine-tuning. The center console's swept design can fight the driver for knee space and the sloping rear rooflines of the coupe and wagon impinge on rear-seat headroom." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "Despite being significantly larger on the outside than the redesigned BMW 3 Series sedan, the CTS' backseat feels smaller. I'm 6 feet 1 inch tall and didn't have enough legroom or headroom. It's not nearly as comfortable as a midsize four-door needs to be." -- Cars.com (2012)

Interior Features

The 2013 Cadillac CTS sedan comes standard with Bluetooth, satellite radio, dual-zone climate control and an eight-speaker Bose stereo. Optional features include an upgraded stereo, push-button start, a backup camera, a sunroof and navigation.

The automotive press is pleased with the interior build quality and luxurious materials in the 2013 Cadillac CTS. They also like the CTS’ user-friendly infotainment system and stereo, which earns points for fantastic sound quality. While the navigation system has a large, clearly legible screen that test drivers also like, one reviewer says that programming routes into the system can be difficult.

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  • "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 
  • "We also appreciate that Cadillac provides a redundant control knob for scrolling through iPod or satellite radio menus. Doing so simply with a touchscreen can be frustrating and distracting." -- Edmunds
  • "This sound system boasts surrealistic sound with 40-gig hard drive and iPod integration. It will download and store your CD collection and operate your iPod or other MP3 device via the concealed USB port." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The location of the air-conditioning controls at knee-level seemed a little curious, but it didn't take long to understand the logic of the setup; your hand falls right to the controls, so you barely need to move it to adjust the temperature." -- Cars.com


The trunk in the CTS sedan provides 13.6 cubic feet of storage space, which is more than what’s offered in the Audi A4, but less than you’ll find in the Lexus ES 350. The CTS coupe has slightly less room than the sedan, with 10.5 cubic feet of cargo space. 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. Additionally, one reviewer notes that the CTS’ glovebox and center console are on the small side.

  • "Interior storage includes a center console and glovebox that aren't that large." -- 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." -- Edmunds

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