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8.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 9.4
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.1
Safety: 10.0
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2015 Cadillac CTS Review

The 2015 Cadillac CTS is a class leader in performance, with exceptional cornering ability and a trio of powerful engines to choose from. However, its competitors offer roomier rear seats and easier-to-use tech features.

Pros & Cons

  • Strong engines
  • Sharp handling
  • Exceptional safety scores

  • Rivals have larger rear seats
  • Frustrating infotainment system

New for 2015

  • Revised grille
  • Wi-Fi hot spot became standard
  • Newly available Park Assist
  • Wagon discontinued

2015 Cadillac CTS Overview

Is the 2015 Cadillac CTS a Good Used Car?

Whether you want a head turner, a daily driver, or a performance machine, the CTS is an excellent choice among luxury midsize cars.

Used 2015 Cadillac CTS Performance and Interior

The 2015 Cadillac CTS comes standard with a 272-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which makes good power. For swifter acceleration, a V6 engine and a twin-turbo V6 (exclusive to the Vsport trims) are available. True speed demons will want the CTS-V (a carryover from the previous CTS generation), with its 556-horsepower supercharged V8. A six-speed automatic transmission comes standard. V6-equipped models have an eight-speed automatic, and the CTS-V comes with a six-speed manual transmission. The CTS sedan returns a middling 18-20 mpg in the city and 24-30 mpg on the highway.

The CTS is one of the best-handling luxury midsize cars, with exceptionally responsive steering. The available Magnetic Ride Control suspension adjusts the dampers in real time to respond to road conditions. The brakes are strong, and the suspension does a great job of soaking up imperfections in the road. Rear-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

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The CTS’ interior exemplifies style and quality. While the sedan seats five, the coupe fits four. The sedan comes standard with leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Some models have heated and cooled front seats, leather upholstery, and sport seats. The CTS is remarkably comfortable up front. The rear seats have adequate space, but most of the CTS’ rivals have larger rear seats. There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats, and the sedan has a tether-only connection in the middle seat.

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system, an 11-speaker Bose audio system, and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. While the CUE’s sharp graphics will dazzle you, its sluggish responses will try your patience. Fortunately, the voice recognition software makes controlling the CUE system a simple task. Other upgrades include a power sunroof, a three-prong household outlet, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 13-speaker Bose surround sound audio system, navigation, and a head-up display.

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Used 2015 Cadillac CTS Prices

The price of a used 2015 Cadillac CTS sedan ranges from about $26,700 for the base Standard trim to around $41,000 for the Vsport Premium. Prices fluctuate with the vehicle's demand, condition, mileage, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Cadillac CTS?

The 2015 Cadillac CTS has a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five, according to J.D. Power and Associates. While that’s an above-average rating, other luxury midsize cars have better scores.

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How Safe Is the CTS?

The 2015 CTS sedan has top-notch safety scores. It received the highest score of Good in all crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It earned five out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

Rear parking sensors come standard, and numerous advanced safety features are available. The Driver Awareness package adds a rearview camera, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The Driver Assist package adds front and rear automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. 

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Should I Consider Another Used CTS?

The 2015 CTS is part of the vehicle’s fourth generation, which began with the 2014 model year and includes the 2017 Cadillac CTS. Choose a model year based on which features and body style you want.

For 2014, Cadillac completely redesigned the sedan. The second generation's wagon body style was discontinued after 2014, and the CTS-V coupe soldiered on through the 2015 model year. For 2015, the CTS gained a standard Wi-Fi hot spot and a revised grille, as well as parallel and perpendicular park assist. For 2016, the CTS-V sedan was reintroduced, and engine stop-start, Apple CarPlay, and a rearview camera became standard.

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Which Used Cadillac CTS Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Cadillac CTS sedan comes in six trims: Standard, Luxury, Performance, Premium, Vsport, and Vsport Premium. The Luxury trim level offers the best blend of features and value. It comes with forward collision warning, leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, and a heated power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. You’ll also get tech upgrades, such as a 13-speaker surround sound Bose audio system, navigation, and voice recognition. The four-cylinder engine comes standard, but some Luxury models have the nonturbo V6 engine.

Consider getting a certified pre-owned vehicle to avoid some of the hassle that comes with buying a used car. 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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2015 Cadillac CTS and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Cadillac CTS or 2015 Cadillac ATS?

Also available in sedan or coupe guise, the Cadillac ATS delivers sharp handling and a smooth ride. It appeals to those who want to save some money by going with a smaller model from the same brand. However, the ATS’ base engine is lackluster, so you’ll want to spend a little more to get better power. Rear-seat and trunk space are scant in the ATS, making the CTS a better option if you plan to frequently carry more than one passenger. The ATS’ below-average predicted reliability rating makes it difficult to recommend as a used vehicle.

Which Is Better: 2015 Cadillac CTS or 2015 Audi A6?

While the CTS is known for performance, the Audi A6 stands out for its interior. Compared to the CTS, the A6 has roomier rear seats and more standard amenities, including a sunroof, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and tri-zone automatic climate control. It’s also more fuel-efficient than the CTS. The A6 is no slouch, especially with the 420-horsepower V8 engine found in the top-end S6 trim. However, the A6 doesn’t ride as smoothly as the CTS, and its steering isn’t as responsive. At the end of the day, you should choose the one that best suits your personal taste.

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