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2016 Cadillac CTS Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Cadillac CTS was new.


Interior: 7.8

Most test drivers report that the 2016 Cadillac CTS has a good-looking cabin made with premium materials. Still, a few wish the CTS’ seating materials were nicer. Auto writers say the Cadillac CTS’ front seats are comfortable, and the available sport seats are very supportive. However, they report that the back seats provide limited room. Critics report that the updated CUE infotainment system has some slight improvements. Some reviewers, however, still wish there were physical buttons for adjusting audio and climate settings. The CTS’ trunk space is on the low end for a midsize sedan.

  • "As with the smaller ATS, the CTS' back seat and trunk aren't especially well-packaged relative to its overall footprint. Hand-me-down Chevy switchgear lends that enduring whiff of GM-ness to the enterprise. And the seats' rubbery hides recall a middle-aged dad rocking a leather jacket from Men's Wearhouse." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The interior of the 2016 Cadillac CTS is sophisticated, luxurious and rendered in rich materials, with a high level of craftsmanship and thorough technology integration." -- Edmunds
  • "The typical high-performance niceties are all over the cabin of the CTS-V, like a thick steering wheel wrapped in microfiber (the generic term for synthetic suede most associated with the Alcantara brand). The application in the CTS-V is indeed suedelike, not the feel of those towels you use to detail such a machine after a wash. There's microfiber all over the CTS-V. It serves as the headliner and seat inserts and covers the steering wheel, shift knob and shift boot. Even the seatbacks are covered with it, whether you get the base seats or the optional Recaro seats." -- Cars.com
  • "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 (2015)


The 2016 Cadillac CTS seats five. The sedan comes standard with leatherette, eight-way power-adjustable front seats. Optional seating features include partial leather seats, full leather seats, heated rear seats, heated and cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel and Recaro 20-way power-adjustable front sport seats. The Cadillac CTS has pleasant-riding front seats, reviewers say, though some find that competitors’ base seats are nicer. Critics find the CTS’ back seats cramped. Reviewers praise the available Recaro sport seats for their exceptional long-ride comfort and support.

  • "Front passengers in the 2016 CTS enjoy ample personal space, yet the enveloping dashboard and door panels make for an intimate cockpit that meshes nicely with the car's sporting mission. Rear passengers will be less pleased, however, as there's only modest space back there by midsize standards." -- Edmunds
  • "The base seats are indeed comfortable, and I drove extensively with no complaints from my finicky back. Usually I'm not a fan of Recaros because they sacrifice too much comfort for the ‘performance’ of hugging your body, often too tightly for my taste. These Recaros, however, I do recommend. Not only do they hug in a Goldilocks, just-right way, but because after hours of pushing the limits around Road America, I felt not a scant bit of soreness in my back.” -- Cars.com
  • "Cadillac bragged up its investment in a sueded microfiber headliner, door trim, and seat inserts, but they fail to elicit reflexive ooh-and-ahh caresses like its plush Alcantara rivals. Optional Recaro sport seats do deliver, smartly and supportively, on the luxury sport-sedan promise." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The standard 8-way power front bucket seats are comfortable, but rear-seat legroom is on the tight side." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)

Interior Features

The 2016 Cadillac CTS comes with a rearview camera, Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, rear parking sensors, 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). Optional features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert with automatic braking, active lane keep assist, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, parallel and perpendicular parking assist, 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, a head-up display and a Surround Vision camera system, which provides a bird’s-eye view of the car.

For 2016, Cadillac updated the CUE infotainment system, and reviewers say it’s a slight improvement over the previous system. Still, some critics wish there were reductant physical buttons and knobs for adjusting audio and climate settings. A few auto writers also note that the touch-sensitive center console panels for audio and climate settings require a precise touch to work properly.

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  • "The system still sits amid a center console adorned with touch-sensitive control panels for stereo and environmental systems. Many on our staff are not fans of those panels. While executed about as well as possible, it still feels somewhat odd to use these controls, which align with raised pieces of metal trim. You have to place your finger just right to get the desired reaction." -- Cars.com
  • "Cadillac's notoriously touchy CUE system has been improved for the 2016 Cadillac fleet, and the CTS-V is one of the first to market with the new processor and programming. Cadillac says CUE now provides much quicker response to fingertip input and voice commands, and many of the commands have been simplified. We still wish, though, for a few knobs and dials with which to activate frequently used devices such as the climate and audio systems." -- Edmunds
  • "The reviled CUE infotainment system gets a tad more livable with a faster processor. A 4G LTE wireless connection is standard, and options range from a head-up display to a neat curbview camera that helps drivers avoid scraping the car's low-slung chin." -- Automobile Magazine


The 2016 Cadillac CTS has 13.7 cubic feet of trunk space, which is a bit below the class average. A back-seat pass-through is standard, but you'll need to upgrade to get folding rear seats. Test drivers wish the CTS’ trunk were bigger and better designed. A few point out that the back of the trunk is wide, but space gets pinched between the wheel wells.

  • "At 13.7 cubic feet, the CTS sedan's trunk is small for this 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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