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2016 Cadillac CTS Review

The 2016 Cadillac CTS has potent available engines and nimble handling. It's luxurious, too, with high-end materials lining the cabin. A cramped back seat and a relatively high total cost of ownership score, however, keep this luxury midsize car in the middle of a competitive class.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful V6 and V8 engines
  • Poised handling
  • Premium cabin materials
  • Unrefined base engine
  • Cramped rear seat and trunk

New for 2016

  • Updated 3.6-liter V6 engine
  • Upgraded CUE infotainment interface
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available
  • New eight-speed automatic transmission




Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 9.2
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.1
Safety: 9.4
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2016 Cadillac CTS Overview

Is the 2016 Cadillac CTS a Good Used Car?

The 2016 CTS is definitely worth a look, but you should note that it’s not a daily driver. This luxury midsize car has an unrefined base engine that isn’t particularly fuel-efficient, and the rear seats offer little legroom. As a sports cruiser, however, it’s tough to beat. Each of the three available engines lays down authoritative power, and the cabin is luxurious and swaddled in high-end materials.

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How Much Is the 2016 Cadillac CTS?

Our site has 175 listings for the 2016 Cadillac CTS, with prices ranging from $27,300 to $70,900. The average list price is $39,300. Prices vary widely depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Cadillac CTS Cost to Own?

Estimated ongoing costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2016 CTS are about $29,300 over five years. That’s about $3,000 above the class average. The 2016 Lexus ES’ estimate is just $23,500. The 2016 5 Series’ upkeep costs, by contrast, soar to $32,400.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New CTS?

The 2018 Cadillac CTS has a starting price of $46,495 – about $7,200 more than the 2016 CTS’ average price. All the 2018 has over the 2016 are some minor upgrades: a modest exterior styling update and new driver-assistance and tech features. Most people will find the 2016 the better choice, as it offers the best balance of price and features.

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The 2018 CTS may not be the best new-car alternative to the 2016 CTS, but the 2018 Lexus ES is worth considering. Its base price is slightly less than the average 2016 CTS, and rear-seat ES passengers will enjoy almost 5 inches more legroom. The Lexus isn’t as sporty to drive, but the ride is a lot more comfortable. We named it our 2018 Best Luxury Midsize Car for the Money.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Cadillac CTS?

The 2016 CTS has a reliability score of three out of five from J.D. Power. That’s average for the industry as a whole. Competitors like the 2016 Lexus GS and 2016 Lexus ES (and their hybrid counterparts), as well as the 2016 Hyundai Genesis, have higher reliability scores.

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2016 Cadillac CTS Recalls

The 2016 Cadillac CTS has no recalls as of this writing.

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Which Model Year of the Cadillac CTS Is Best?

The CTS was last fully redesigned for the 2014 model year. That model, and every other through 2017, has earned very good overall scores (8.5 to 8.6). However, there are significant differences between the models. Choosing the CTS that’s best for you depends on what you’re looking for.

The 2016 CTS has an updated V6 engine, a new transmission, and a few features not found in older models, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In addition, the performance oriented CTS-V was reintroduced. The 2017 CTS only offers minor upgrades. If you don’t need that much technology, consider the 2015 model, which comes with a Wi-Fi hot spot and some driver assistance features. The 2014 model will lack the aforementioned tech features, but it is still an excellent vehicle.

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Which Used Cadillac CTS Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 CTS comes in four trims: base, Luxury, Performance, and Premium. The base model has a long list of features, but you’ll want to avoid the unrefined base turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Be sure to get a model with the available V6 engine. If you really want power, opt for the performance-oriented CTS V-Sport (twin-turbo V6) or CTS-V (V8).

The Luxury trim gives you a lot of features: leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, navigation, and numerous driver assistance features. For most buyers, it’s the model to get. The Performance trim adds adaptive suspension (Magnetic Ride Control), tri-zone automatic climate control, and a head-up display. You’ll find adaptive cruise control and 20-way adjustable front seats in the Premium trim.

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What Does Cadillac's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Cadillac offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles four years old or less and with fewer than 50,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale 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.

Cadillac’s CPO program is OK, according to our analysis, but several luxury carmakers offer better programs. These include Lexus, Infiniti, Audi, and Acura.

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How Safe Is the CTS?

In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests, the CTS earned the highest score of Good in four categories and a Marginal score in the fifth (the small overlap front test). The CTS scored five out of five stars in all crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The CTS comes standard with a rearview camera. Like most competitors, it has a long list of available advanced safety features. These include 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 360-degree camera, and a safety alert seat that vibrates in conjunction with the other safety systems.

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2016 Cadillac CTS Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Cadillac CTS or 2016 BMW 5 Series?

The 2016 BMW 5 Series isn't quite as athletic as the CTS, but it's a better choice if you're looking for a daily driver. The 5 Series' base engine gets better fuel economy than the CTS', and the available turbodiesel engine is more efficient. The 5 Series has a cushioned ride and controlled handling. Inside, the BMW is loaded with tech features, including an available 10.2-inch infotainment screen. The back seats are roomy enough for tall adults to get comfortable. While 5 Series sedans offer only a bit more trunk space than the CTS, Gran Turismo hatchback models have exceptional cargo room.

Which Is Better: 2016 Cadillac CTS or 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class lacks the CTS' thrilling performance, but those who want a chic, comfortable cruiser will find a lot to like. The E-Class' main selling point is its sumptuous interior. The cabin has tasteful styling and first-rate materials. Lots of features are available, including a long list of advanced safety tech. The E-Class has a comfortable ride and plenty of power from all the engines in its lineup. The available turbodiesel engine gets some of the highest fuel economy estimates in the class.

Which Is Better: 2016 Cadillac CTS or 2016 Audi A6?

Like the CTS, the 2016 Audi A6 is one of the most athletic sedans in the luxury midsize car class. Unlike the CTS, the A6's ride can be stiff over rough roads. All of the engines available in the A6 are potent and refined, and its base engine gets significantly better gas mileage than the CTS' base engine. The cabin is luxurious and has many state-of-the-art features. The infotainment system has intuitive menus and crisp graphics, and the rear seats offer plenty of legroom. Better still, the A6's safety score is higher than the CTS' rating. Stick with the Audi.

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2016 CTS Performance

How Does the 2016 Cadillac CTS Drive?

The CTS has exemplary handling for a midsize sedan, and it displays limited body roll through turns. The ride is comfortable, whether you’re on the highway or rolling over imperfect roads. An available adaptive suspension refines the ride by allowing for three driving modes: Tour, Sport, and Track. Rear-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is available.

A turbocharged 268-horsepower four-cylinder engine comes standard in the CTS. Also available are a 335-horsepower V6 engine and a 420-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V6 engine. The high-performance Cadillac CTS-V comes with a 640-horsepower, supercharged V8. An eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters comes with each engine.

Does the 2016 Cadillac CTS Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base CTS gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, while the 355-horsepower V6 has a rating of 20/29 mpg city/highway. Fuel economy drops to 16/24 mpg with the twin-turbo V6 and 14/21 mpg with the supercharged V8.

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2016 CTS Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 CTS Seat?

The 2016 Cadillac CTS seats five. The sedan comes standard with 14-way power-adjustable front seats and leatherette material. Available features include partial leather seats, full leather seats, heated rear seats, heated and cooled front seats, and Recaro 20-way power-adjustable front sport seats.

The Cadillac CTS’ front seats are pleasant to ride in, though some competitors’ base seats are nicer. The available Recaro sport seats have exceptional long-ride comfort. The back seats are cramped; adults will only be able to handling sitting there for short periods.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Cadillac CTS?

The CTS has two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the outboard rear seats and a middle-seat tether anchor. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the CTS’ setup the second-lowest rating of Marginal. The IIHS noted that the anchors are buried too deep in the seats, and it takes too much force to attach the LATCH hooks.

2016 Cadillac CTS Features

The 2016 Cadillac CTS comes with Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start,  an 11-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, hands-free text messaging, and OnStar 4G LTE with a Wi-Fi hot spot (subscription required). Available features include rain-sensing windshield wipers, 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, and navigation.

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2016 Cadillac CTS Dimensions

Cadillac CTS Cargo Space

The 2016 Cadillac CTS has 13.7 cubic feet of trunk space, which is a bit smaller than the class average. A back-seat pass-through is standard and folding rear seats are available. The back of the trunk is broad, but the space gets pinched between the wheel wells.

2016 CTS Length and Weight

The 2016 Cadillac CTS is almost 16.3 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,640 pounds with the base four-cylinder turbocharged engine to 4,145 pounds with the CTS-V and its V8 engine.

Where Was the 2016 Cadillac CTS Built?

The 2016 Cadillac CTS was built in Michigan.

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