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2017 Cadillac CTS Review

The 2017 Cadillac CTS has precise steering and agile handling. However, it sits in the bottom third of our rankings because of an underpowered base engine, a tight passenger area, and a somewhat small cargo space for the luxury midsize car class.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engine lineup
  • Sharp handling
  • Premium cabin materials
  • Advanced tech features
  • Unrefined base engine
  • Subpar fuel economy
  • Undersized rear seats

New for 2017

  • Minor exterior styling changes
  • New driver assistance and tech features
  • Revamped trim lineup




Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 9.2
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.6
Safety: 9.4
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2017 Cadillac CTS Overview

Is the 2017 Cadillac CTS a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Cadillac CTS is a solid luxury midsize car that boasts outstanding handling, great safety ratings, and a powerful engine lineup. However, it’s held back by a poor predicted reliability rating and an underpowered engine that has below-average fuel economy. Also, other cars in the segment, like the 2017 Genesis G80, have nicer interiors and lower operating costs.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 35 professional evaluations for this 2017 Cadillac CTS review to help you make an informed buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2017 Cadillac CTS?

Based on the 227 listings for this vehicle on our site, you can expect to pay between $28,100 and $77,800 for a used 2017 Cadillac CTS. The average list price is $38,800. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Cadillac CTS Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 CTS are estimated to be $29,329. That’s a bit above average in the luxury midsize car segment.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New CTS?

Since there were no major changes for the 2018 Cadillac CTS (MSRP: $46,495) model year, it’s best you stick with the 2017 model. For about the same price as a base 2018 CTS with the underpowered four-cylinder engine, you’ll likely find a 2017 model with the more powerful V6.

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You won’t find an appealing new luxury midsize car for the same average price as a 2017 CTS. The 2018 Lexus ES comes close with an MSRP of just under $39,000, but it lacks the dynamic handling of the CTS. To get this type of athleticism in a 2018 car, you’ll want to step down a segment to a luxury small car. There are some great choices, including the 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia (MSRP: $38,195), which has dynamic handling and quick acceleration. It may not have the cargo space of a CTS, but the Alfa Romeo’s interior has a clean, elegant layout accentuated by upscale materials.

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Which Model Year of the Cadillac CTS Is Best?

The CTS was last fully redesigned for 2014, and there have been several changes over the years. The 2015 CTS added a Wi-Fi hot spot and some driver assistance features, while the 2016 model updated the available V6 engine. Changes between the 2016 and 2017 model years were not substantive. The new-for-2016 V6 delivers the best combination of performance and value, so you’ll want to stick with that model year and above.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Cadillac CTS?

The 2017 Cadillac CTS has a predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power, which is below average for the industry as a whole.

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2017 Cadillac CTS Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Cadillac CTS has no recalls.

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Which Used Cadillac CTS Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Cadillac CTS comes in six trims: CTS, Luxury, Premium Luxury, V-Sport, V-Sport Premium Luxury, and CTS-V. The base CTS is well-equipped, with dual-zone automatic climate control, leatherette upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, an 11-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless mobile device charging, remote start, and push-button start. However, it is available only with the underwhelming four-cylinder turbocharged engine.

For that reason, the Luxury trim is the better choice when it is equipped with the available 335-horsepower V6 engine. The Luxury trim adds leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, split-folding rear seats, a heated and power-adjustable steering wheel, a 13-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system, navigation, and a suite of active safety features. The Premium Luxury trim adds tri-zone automatic climate control, heated rear seats, adaptive suspension, and parallel and perpendicular park assist. The CTS V-Sport adds the twin-turbocharged V6 and performance brakes and suspension, a limited slip differential, and a high-capacity engine cooling system. The V-Sport Premium Luxury trim, available only in rear-wheel drive, is the same as the Premium Luxury trim but with the turbocharged V6. The CTS-V has the 640-horsepower supercharged V8, sport seats, and other performance enhancements.

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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. If the model was sold after March of 2017, the bumper-to-bumper warranty is extended for one year, and there's no mileage cap (powertrain coverage is capped at 70,000 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?

The 2017 Cadillac CTS earned five out of five stars in all of its National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests: front, side, and rollover. The CTS also earned the top score of Good from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety in all but the small overlap front driver’s side crash test, in which it received the second-lowest rating of Marginal.

The 2017 CTS has a standard rearview camera and rear parking sensors. The most intriguing available active safety feature is Cadillac's Rear Camera Mirror system. It combines a rear camera and imaging software to create an unobstructed wide-angle image on the rearview mirror. Other available active safety features include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, parallel and perpendicular park assist, forward collision warning, automatic front and rear braking, and a safety alert seat vibrates the seat to alert the driver of hazards.

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2017 Cadillac CTS Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Cadillac CTS or 2017 Audi A6?

The base 2017 Audi A6 and base CTS have similar horsepower and handling, but the Audi has better fuel economy. Cadillac adds more power as you climb through the engine options. Still, the Audi is the better choice. The A6 has a nicer interior, with standard leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, and spacious seating throughout. It also earned stronger safety ratings and better predicted reliability than the CTS.

Which Is Better: 2017 Cadillac CTS or 2017 Cadillac XTS?

Hunt the used car market wisely, and you might be able to find a base 2017 Cadillac XTS for the same price as a 2017 CTS. The XTS offers a more powerful standard V6 engine – which you’ll need, since the vehicle is larger. The luxury large car also has standard leather seats, a more spacious passenger cabin, and a larger trunk. The XTS has an above-average predicted reliability rating, while the CTS has a below-average rating.

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2017 CTS Performance

How Does the 2017 Cadillac CTS Drive?

The rear-wheel-drive 2017 Cadillac CTS carves corners with agility, yet it still offers a smooth ride. Available all-wheel drive adds even better road grip. There's an available adaptive suspension with three drive modes that you can choose from to improve performance and ride quality based on the road conditions.

The base CTS comes with a 268-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that doesn’t pack much punch. There are better available engine choices, including a 335-horsepower V6 and a 420-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6. The ultimate choice is the CTS-V's supercharged 640-horsepower V8. All engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Does the 2017 Cadillac CTS Get Good Gas Mileage?

Fuel economy is not a selling point for the 2017 CTS. The base engine gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which falls short of many four-cylinder rivals' gas mileage estimates. The all-wheel-drive model gets 1 mpg less both in the city and on the highway. The naturally aspirated V6 engine with rear-wheel drive gets 20 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway. Expect 19/27 mpg city/highway with that same V6 when the car is equipped with all-wheel drive. The turbo V6 has an EPA rating of 19/27 mpg city/highway, while the CTS-V’s supercharged V8 returns 14/21 mpg city/highway.

2017 Cadillac CTS Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the 2017 CTS can tow up to 1,000 pounds.

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2017 CTS Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 CTS Seat?

The 2017 CTS offers standard seating for five on leatherette upholstery. Leather seats are available in some trims. The supportive front seats offer plenty of space. With subpar legroom and headroom, the rear seats don't offer quite the same comfort. It’s a space best avoided by most adults.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Cadillac CTS?

The CTS' rear outboard seats have complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors, and the middle seat has a tether anchor. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system a Marginal rating – the second lowest – because the lower anchors are buried too deep in seats and too much force is required to attach the car-seat straps.

2017 Cadillac CTS Features

Standard features in the 2017 CTS include Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control, and the Cadillac's CUE infotainment system. The CUE system has an 8-inch touch screen with excellent graphics, as well as various connectivity options like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The system's touch-screen interface isn't the most user-friendly; adjusting even simple functions requires multiple steps.

The CTS comes standard with satellite radio, wireless phone charging, the Teen Driver safety system, and a Bose audio system. There's an available surround-sound Bose system, a 110-volt three-prong outlet, and tri-zone automatic climate control.

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2017 Cadillac CTS Dimensions

Cadillac CTS Cargo Space

At 13.7 cubic feet, the CTS’ cargo space is a little small for the class. Further hampering the space’s effectiveness is a floor that isn’t flat, a space that narrows toward the rear seats, and a lack of standard folding rear seats for additional capacity.

2017 CTS Length and Weight

The 2017 Cadillac CTS is 16.3 feet long. It has a curb weight ranging from 3,652 to 3,992 pounds, depending on the engine and drivetrain. The 2017 CTS has a gross vehicle weight rating ranging from 4,805 to 5,115 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Cadillac CTS Built?

Cadillac built the 2017 CTS in Michigan.


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