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Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 9.4
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.2
Safety: 10.0
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2015 Cadillac CTS Review

The 2015 Cadillac CTS finishes in the top half of the luxury midsize car class. This is a powerful, athletic sedan with a quality interior, but some space and tech issues keep the CTS from ranking higher.

Pros & Cons

  • Strong engines
  • Sharp handling
  • Terrific safety score
  • Frustrating infotainment system
  • Rivals have larger rear seats

New for 2015

  • Standard Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Available perpendicular park assist
  • Wagon discontinued

2015 Cadillac CTS Overview

Is the 2015 Cadillac CTS a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2015 CTS is a good used car. It offers several powerful engines, handles well, and rides smoothly, all of which help make it one of the best luxury midsize cars from a performance standpoint. Inside, it looks great and has plenty of front-seat space, and there are lots of tech features. There are a few sour notes, however. The CTS doesn't have as much rear-seat space as some competitors, and its infotainment system can be frustrating to use.

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How Much Is the 2015 Cadillac CTS?

Based on roughly 500 listings for the 2015 CTS on our site, the average list price is about $26,700. Prices range from $22,000 to $33,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s mileage, condition, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2015 Cadillac CTS Cost to Own?

Expenses for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2015 Cadillac CTS are estimated to be around $29,500 over five years, or $5,900 per year. That’s below average for a luxury midsize car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Cadillac CTS?

The 2015 CTS's average list price of $26,700 is about $20,000 less than the starting price of a new 2019 Cadillac CTS. Though both cars are part of the same generation, there have been several changes since the 2015 CTS rolled into showrooms. The 2019 model has more powerful engines, better fuel economy, and more standard features, including a rearview camera, Teen Driver, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. It also has new available features like a surround-view parking camera and a rearview mirror camera.

If those updates aren’t important to you, consider shopping for an older vehicle, which could save you thousands of dollars.

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The price of a used 2015 Cadillac CTS ranges from $22,000 to $33,000. There aren't any 2019 luxury midsize cars that fall into that price range, though the 2019 Acura TLX is right there at the upper limit. There are a few luxury small cars that start in the same price range as a 2015 CTS. These include the Acura ILX, Audi A3, and Mercedes-Benz CLA. Though they're small cars, these sedans aren't that far behind the CTS when it comes to passenger and cargo space, and they carry longer lists of standard features. They also get better mpg ratings than the Cadillac, and the Audi and Mercedes offer high-performance trims, though they can't match the CTS-V's power.

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Which Model Year of the Cadillac CTS Is Best?

The 2015 CTS is part of a generation that began with the 2014 model year and includes the 2019 Cadillac CTS. For 2014, Cadillac completely redesigned the sedan version. The second generation's wagon body style was discontinued after 2014, and the CTS-V coupe from that generation 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 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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How Reliable Is the 2015 Cadillac CTS?

The 2015 CTS has a slightly above-average reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Cadillac CTS Recalls

As of this writing, two recalls have been issued for the 2015 CTS. One concerns the seat heaters, and the other involves the brake pedal bracket. Before buying this vehicle, make sure these issues have been addressed.

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Which Used Cadillac CTS Model 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. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine comes standard, but some Luxury models have the nonturbo V6 engine.

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Certified Pre-Owned Cadillac CTS Warranty

Cadillac offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. Qualifying 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.

According to our analysis, Cadillac's CPA program isn't as comprehensive as programs from automakers such as Lexus, but it's on-par with those from Mercedes-Benz and Audi.

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How Safe Is the CTS?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 CTS the highest score of Good in four crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 CTS a five-star overall crash test rating.

Rear parking sensors come standard. Available active safety features include a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, active lane keep assist, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, parallel and perpendicular parking assist, a rearview camera, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a safety alert seat, which vibrates to warn the driver that the car is about to hit an obstacle.

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2015 Cadillac CTS Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Cadillac CTS or 2015 BMW 5 Series?

The 2015 BMW 5 Series is one of the few class rivals that can challenge the CTS performance-wise. It offers several powerful engines and agile handling. The BMW also offers alternative powertrains the CTS doesn't, including a turbodiesel and a hybrid. Inside, the 5 Series looks stylish and boasts plenty of features. It also has more passenger and cargo space than its Cadillac rival.

Which Is Better: 2015 Cadillac CTS or 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a premium luxury sedan with one of the poshest cabins in the class. It also has incredibly spacious rear seats. This Mercedes focuses on comfort and delivers a cushioned ride. It offers plenty of powerful engines (including a diesel option), but it doesn't have the athletic handling of the CTS. Whereas the CTS only comes as a sedan (save for the limited edition CTS-V coupe), the E-Class is available in sedan, coupe, and cabriolet (convertible) body styles.

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

The 2015 Audi A6 has perhaps the nicest interior among 2015 midsize sedans. It's quiet and spacious, with plenty of available tech features. On the road, the A6 is powerful and fuel-efficient, but while it can hold its own on a winding road, the Audi doesn’t have the handling to match its Cadillac rival. Overall, however, the A6 is one of the most well-rounded cars in the class.

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2015 CTS Performance

How Does the 2015 Cadillac CTS Drive?

The 2015 CTS comes standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 272 horsepower and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. A 321-horsepower V6 is available. Rear-wheel-drive V6 models have an eight-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel-drive V6 models have a six-speed automatic.

The 2015 Cadillac CTS Vsport comes with a twin-turbocharged V6 that generates 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The limited-edition 2015 CTS-V coupe has a supercharged V8 engine that puts out 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission and a six-speed automatic are available.

For daily driving, the base engine gets the job done admirably, as it produces ample power for most driving situations. The V6 delivers more power and quicker acceleration, and it has a nice engine note. The Vsport and CTS-V coupe are significantly faster than the other CTS models, and they boast sub-4.5-second zero-to-60 times, which puts them in range of many sports cars.

This sedan isn't just powerful, however. It rides smoothly over rough roads, and the available Magnetic Ride Control suspension takes ride comfort to an even higher level. The CTS also handles superbly, letting you take full advantage of its energetic powertrains.

Does the 2015 Cadillac CTS Get Good Gas Mileage?

The CTS gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway with its base engine. Many competitors with four-cylinder engines get better gas mileage. The V6's ratings – 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway – are OK compared to rivals. The V8 gets the worst ratings in the lineup, at 12/18 mpg city/highway.

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2015 CTS Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 CTS Seat?

The 2015 Cadillac CTS seats five, and the CTS-V coupe seats four. The sedan comes standard with synthetic leather upholstery and 12-way power-adjustable front seats. Available features include partial leather seats, full leather seats, heated rear seats, heated and cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel and 20-way power-adjustable front sport seats.

Even at highway speeds, the CTS is quiet, and its front seats are extremely spacious and comfortable. The rear seats can accommodate adults, but it doesn't offer as much room as some other midsize sedans.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Cadillac CTS?

For attaching child car seats, the 2015 CTS comes with two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors. There’s also a tether-only connection for the rear middle seat. The whole setup received the second-lowest rating of Marginal from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety because the lower anchors are set too deep in the seats and require a lot of force to attach car-seat straps.

2015 Cadillac CTS Features

Standard features in the 2015 Cadillac CTS include dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system with an 11-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, hands-free text messaging, Bluetooth, and a Wi-Fi hot spot (subscription required). It's worth noting that the CUE system draws criticism for being unresponsive, as well as distracting to use while driving.

Available features include a power sunroof, a 110-volt three-prong outlet, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 13-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system, and navigation.

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2015 Cadillac CTS Dimensions

Cadillac CTS Cargo Space

This sedan has a 13.7-cubic-foot trunk. That's on the low end of the spectrum for a luxury midsize car.

2015 CTS Length and Weight

The 2015 CTS is a bit more than 16 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,616 to 3,952 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Cadillac CTS Built?

Cadillac assembled the 2015 CTS in Michigan.

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