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2014 Cadillac CTS Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2014 Cadillac CTS was new.


Interior: 7.7

The automotive press agrees that the redesigned 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan’s cabin is on par with the rest of the class. They say it is filled with attractive materials and has excellent build quality. Most reviewers think the back seat is a little small, though they agree that the driver’s seat is very comfortable. When evaluating the CUE infotainment system, some critics think it’s intuitive, while others say it’s slow to respond to touch inputs and can be confusing to use.

  • "In every way that we can think of, the CTS cabin sets the standard of useful luxury." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "It is difficult to fault the passenger compartment of the CTS in terms of appointments, as Cadillac has worked exhaustively to bring everything up to the standards of the Europeans - and even exceed them in certain places (take note of the rich stitched leather at the tops of the door panels)." -- Autoblog
  • "Interior design and materials are easily up to the standards of this price class. One would be hard-pressed to find any hard plastic, as leather (in numerous color combinations), wood (in several grain choices), carbon fiber, and metallic accents are the order of the day." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The interior of the 2014 Cadillac CTS follows the trend set first by the full-size XTS. It's a sophisticated and luxurious design rendered in rich and authentic materials assembled with a high level of craftsmanship blended with technology. Leather, wood, anodized aluminum, piano-black paint and carbon fiber are all the genuine articles. As such, they are immediately pleasing to the eye and to the touch." -- Edmunds


The five-seat CTS sedan comes standard with leatherette seats and eight-way power-adjustable front seats. Partial leather seats, full leather seats, heated rear seats, heated and cooled front seats, 20-way adjustable performance front seats and a split-folding rear seat are available. The CTS coupe seats four and the wagon seats five. Test drivers agree that the 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan’s driver’s seat’s multitude of adjustments makes it easy to find a good driving position. Most reviewers say that the back seat is a little small and some report that it’s hard to get out of the rear seat, though they say the seats are comfortable. A few critics are impressed that the CTS sedan’s cabin is exceptionally quiet.

  • "… I found the rear seating area a bit cramped for my six-foot two-inch frame. A look at the specification sheet reveals the midsize Cadillac is still smaller than the 5 Series and E-Class in terms of second-row legroom, and it felt that way during a half-hour stint back there." -- Autoblog
  • "The CTS has exemplary ergonomics so it's easy to find the perfect driving position. The rear seats are supportive and comfortable, though there is slightly less room here than many of Cadillac's rivals. Still, there's plenty of room for a six-footer to handle a road trip." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "… the 2014 Cadillac CTS is wonderfully quiet. Not acoustically dead but perfectly hushed, a result of not just acoustic insulation but also noise-canceling hardware that filters out the bad stuff while playing up the good stuff." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "While there's enough head and legroom in back for two adults, a passenger in the middle has to straddle a tall, wide driveline hump. Furthermore, getting your feet out the door opening can be a challenge. Not only is the door sill tall - meaning you have to pick your feet far off the floor to clear it - but there's a structural bulkhead that extends beyond the seat cushion and is squared off at the corners, restricting the opening for those with larger feet. Some folks might also catch their hip on the rear of the door opening on exit." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The redesigned 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan comes standard with remote start, Bluetooth, an 11-speaker Bose audio system, Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system, dual-zone automatic climate control, OnStar (with a complimentary year of Directions & Connections), satellite radio, HD Radio and rear parking sensors. Available features include automatic parking assist (which automatically steers the car into a parallel parking space), adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, a rearview camera, rear cross-traffic alert, a safety alert seat (which vibrates to warn the driver that the car is about to hit an obstacle), rain-sensing windshield wipers, a power sunroof, a 110-volt three-prong plug, a 13-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system, navigation, a head-up display, a heated steering wheel, a power rear sunshade, back-seat sunshades and tri-zone automatic climate control.

Reviewers focus their comments on the CUE infotainment system, which uses touch-sensitive controls rather than physical buttons. Some say CUE is high-tech and easy to use, but most say that CUE is confusing, slow to respond to touch inputs and takes some time to learn.

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  • "The CUE electronic interface is a hub for communication, entertainment, and even driving performance that is at once incredibly sophisticated yet not impenetrable to comprehension by ordinary humans." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Cadillac's CUE infotainment system has never been one of our favorites, and it's standard in the new CTS. Those familiar with smartphones will quickly catch on to its theory of operation (almost entirely by touchscreen and touch-sensitive controls, with virtually no conventional buttons or knobs), but that still won't make it quick to use. Or learn. It's great from a high-tech, ‘gee whiz’ perspective, but it needlessly complicates most functions, forcing a long look from the road for even simple adjustments." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Not only is there a learning curve for owners used to more traditional controls, but response times to touch inputs can be slow, as if the system simply needs more computing power, even for simple tasks like adjusting audio volume." -- Edmunds
  • "While I don't really have any issues with the software aspect of the system, the capacitive touch and haptic feedback features don't work well in a constantly moving, shaking and vibrating automotive environment. Furthermore, I constantly have the feeling that CUE's clean facade, which sure looks nice when it isn't covered in fingerprints, has caused the interior design team to overlook basic functionality." -- Autoblog
  • “CUE also continues to alienate some users, though I find that if you're simply deliberate with it, everything works fine. Treat it like an iPhone and expect that kind of reaction time, though, and you're going to be disappointed." -- Motor Trend


The 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan has 13.7 cubic feet of cargo space, the CTS coupe has 10.5 cubic feet of room and the CTS wagon has 25.4 cubic feet of space with the rear seats in use. A back-seat pass-through is standard on the CTS sedan, though you have to upgrade to get a rear seat that folds down to accommodate longer items. Critics say the trunk in the CTS sedan is somewhat small and oddly-shaped.

  • "Cargo space could be larger and better utilized. The trunk is wide at the back end (where golf clubs would go) but narrows considerably between the wheel wells, and the floor has raised edges. Sickle-shaped hinges are a bit low-tech for this price class, but they're covered to prevent damage to luggage." -- Consumer Guide

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