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2015 Cadillac CTS Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2015 Cadillac CTS was new.


Interior: 6.9

Automotive journalists agree that the 2015 Cadillac CTS has one of the most attractive interiors in the class, and they say its materials, which include real wood, aluminum and carbon fiber, are very high-end. However, the trunk is a bit snug compared with many rivals’ trunks, and test drivers say its standard touch-screen infotainment system can be difficult to use.

  • "From an interior point of view, the CTS is stunning, more opulent and more colorful than an E-Class or 5 Series model, and it's easily on par with the Audi A6." -- Autotrader
  • "The cabin blends a modern design with high-quality furnishings, with trim choices including anodized aluminum, carbon fiber and numerous selections of wood. None need be qualified by an ‘imitation-’ prefix - they're the real deal." -- Left Lane News
  • "The interior of the 2015 Cadillac CTS follows the trend set first by the full-size XTS. It's a sophisticated and luxurious design rendered in rich materials, with a high level of craftsmanship and thorough technology integration." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2015 Cadillac CTS' 5-passenger cabin boasts nearly as much style as the sedan's angular exterior. Plenty of padded panels and plush seating - leatherette in lower models, real leather in other versions - create an inviting interior." -- Kelley Blue Book


The 2015 Cadillac CTS seats five, and the CTS-V coupe seats four. The sedan comes standard with leatherette seats and eight-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. Reviewers write that the CTS sedan has a quiet cabin and exceptionally roomy and comfortable front seats. Some add that the CTS has a slightly smaller back seat than many competitors, though others say it’s still spacious enough for two 6-foot passengers.

  • "The standard 8-way power front bucket seats are comfortable, but rear-seat legroom is on the tight side." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The CTS provides stretch-out space for front occupants, though it should be noted that the rear seats and 13.7-cubic-inch trunk are slightly small for the class." -- Left Lane News
  • "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 (2014)
  • "… 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 (2014)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2015 Cadillac CTS include Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, rear parking sensors, an 11-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system, hands-free text messaging and OnStar 4G LTE with a Wi-Fi hot spot (subscription required). Available features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic braking, active lane keep assist, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, parallel and perpendicular parking assist, a rearview camera, 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 outlet, a power rear sunshade, rear-window sunshades, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 13-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system, navigation and a head-up display.

While some test drivers like the CUE infotainment system’s sharp graphics and big on-screen icons, everyone agrees that the touch screen and buttons on the center console react too slowly to user inputs, which makes the system annoying to use and can be distracting while driving. Some critics note that the standard voice recognition feature offers a convenient alternative to CUE’s frustrating dashboard controls.

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  • "Unfortunately, even clever features such as the power-operated cupholder cover and electric glove box can't make up for the still-difficult-to-operate CUE interface and odd haptic-feedback touch controls." -- Autotrader
  • "We appreciate the display screen's large icons and crisp graphics, as well as its mostly intuitive operation, but CUE's reliance on touchscreen and peripheral touch-panel inputs can be frustrating, as the system's response times are sometimes sluggish or missed entirely." -- Edmunds
  • "Prominently displayed in the center stack is the CUE infotainment system. The 8-inch touch screen and touch-sensitive controls beneath it are impressive to look at but frustrating to use. The screen's response time lags in some situations and the controls beneath can be finicky, potentially leading to driver distraction." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "… the [CUE] system has faced criticism for delayed responses to control inputs, confusing design elements and a lack of conventional buttons for frequently-accessed functions. At least a natural voice recognition system provides an intuitive alternate means of controlling CUE, allowing users to place hands-free calls, enter navigation destinations and select songs without clunky and cumbersome memorized phrases." -- Left Lane News


The 2015 Cadillac CTS has 13.7 cubic feet of trunk space, which is a bit small for the class. A back-seat pass-through is standard, though you have to upgrade to get a rear seat that folds down to accommodate longer items. Reviewers wish the CTS’ trunk was larger, and they note that  there isn’t a lot of space between the wheel wells.

  • "At 13.7 cubic feet, the CTS sedan's trunk brings up the rear when compared to the 5 Series and E-Class." -- Edmunds
  • "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." -- Consumer Guide (2014)

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