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2014 Cadillac CTS Review

Whether you're seeking poised performance or a luxurious interior, the 2014 Cadillac CTS stands out in the class, though some rivals best its average reliability rating.

Pros & Cons


  • Nimble handling
  • Potent engines
  • Numerous standard features



  • Cramped rear seat


New for 2014

  • Fully redesigned sedan
  • New Vsport sedan
  • Last model year for wagon body style




Critics' Rating: 9.6
Performance: 9.3
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 10.0
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2014 Cadillac CTS Overview

Is the 2014 Cadillac CTS a Good Used Car?

By nearly every measure, the CTS is an excellent option in the class. It has superb handling and brawny engines to satisfy drivers who like thrills, and its high-end and well-equipped cabin will appeal to those who want a comfortable daily driver. Still, many rivals have larger back seats and more user-friendly infotainment systems than the CTS.

A turbocharged four-cylinder engine is standard in the CTS, and it delivers plenty of muscle for daily driving. There is a wide range of punchier options to choose from, including V6 and supercharged V8 engines, depending on body style. An automatic transmission is standard, and a six-speed manual is available in the high-performance CTS-V. The CTS has precise steering and nimble handling, and the brakes are strong. With the four-cylinder engine, the CTS gets up to 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, which are better estimates than most rivals.

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The Cadillac CTS has an upscale and handsome interior fitted with premium materials. The cabin is well-insulated from outside noises, and the standard power-adjustable front seats make it easy to find a comfortable driving position. The back seats are a bit cramped compared to those in some competitors, but they're comfortable for short trips. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing child safety seats on the rear outboard seats. The lower anchors can be hard to reach since they're placed in pockets low in the seatback.

There are loads of standard features in the CTS, including an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Bluetooth, and a USB port. The base model even comes with a Bose premium audio system. The infotainment system has a steep learning curve, so it will take some time to master. Even once you're familiar with it, the system doesn't always respond quickly to inputs, which can be distracting while on the go. The CTS has a smaller trunk than many competitors, and it has an unusual shape that makes it difficult to stow wide items.

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Used 2014 Cadillac CTS Prices

Depending on location and the car's condition and mileage, prices will vary. In general, you should expect to pay between $19,000 and $26,000 for a used 2014 CTS. 

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Cadillac CTS?

Most rivals earn higher reliability ratings than the CTS, which gets a three out of five score from J.D. Power. Still, this rating is considered average.

How Safe Is the CTS?

The CTS has excellent safety scores, earning a top rating in every category tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA gives the CTS a five-star overall rating as well. Most of the CTS' rivals earn similar scores.

Rear parking sensors are the only standard safety feature in the CTS, though there are many more available, including forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, and a rearview camera.

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Should I Consider Another Used CTS?

The Cadillac CTS sedan was fully redesigned for the 2014 model year. The coupe and wagon carried on unchanged from the previous generation, which included models from 2008 through 2014. (The coupe and wagon were fully redesigned for the 2015 model year.) Since the 2014 coupe and wagon models are identical to older models, you can save some money buying a 2012 or 2013 model. Note that the 2012 models have fewer standard features than 2013 and 2014 models.

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Which Used Cadillac CTS Is Right for Me?

With so many features as standard, you should stick with the base trim for its low cost. You'll get dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats, leatherette upholstery, Bluetooth, a USB port, an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a Bose audio system, satellite radio, and HD Radio. Higher trims add leather upholstery, driver assistance features, and some performance-oriented features too. However, if you're looking for one of the higher-performing engines, you'll need to step up to higher trims

You can get a certified pre-owned CTS from a Cadillac dealer. Cadillac CPO vehicles see the original new-car limited warranty extended to six years or 100,000 miles. Cadillac CPO models must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Cadillac’s warranty page carefully.

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We Did the Research for You: 19 Pieces of Data Analyzed

To write this overview, we analyzed 19 different data sets, ranging from safety scores to reliability ratings, and even published professional reviews. We know it can be tough to choose a car to buy, so we've included all the info you need to know about the CTS here in one place.

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Our autos team has 75 years of combined experience working in and writing about the automotive industry, and we've been ranking the best cars, trucks, and SUVs for a decade. We don't accept expensive gifts or pricey trips from automakers, so you can trust that our reviews are unbiased. A third party even handles the ads on our site to further separate our editorial staff from car company influence.

2014 Cadillac CTS and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Cadillac CTS or 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

So long as you prefer comfort to performance, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a better car than the CTS. It has top-tier reliability scores, exceptional fuel economy estimates, and a luxurious, roomy cabin. The E-Class has a cushioned, composed ride and satisfactory power from its base turbodiesel engine. Still, for thrilling performance, the E-Class can't match the CTS' precise handling and brawny engines.

Which Is Better: 2014 Cadillac CTS or 2014 BMW 5 Series?

The CTS and the 2014 BMW 5 Series are both desirable models, though for different reasons. The CTS pairs its high-end cabin with generous engine power and poised handling, while the 5 Series has a more spacious, top-notch cabin and less thrilling performance. The 5 Series has a more intuitive infotainment system than the CTS, though it has fewer standard features. The CTS earns a higher safety score than the 5 Series, and both models earn similarly average reliability ratings. Ultimately, choosing between the two rivals depends on your personal preferences.

Which Is Better: 2014 Cadillac CTS or 2014 Audi A6?

The 2014 Audi A6 and the CTS are similar in many ways. Both cars have nimble handling, upscale cabins, and lots of standard features. They both have top-tier safety scores and similar prices. The A6's base engine is underpowered, however, so it's not quite as brisk off the line as the CTS, making the CTS a better buy for drivers who crave speed. On the other hand, the A6 has a more spacious cabin, as well more standard features than the CTS, making it the better option for those looking for a comfortable daily driver.

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