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2018 Cadillac CTS Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

The 2018 Cadillac CTS has a luxurious cabin that's built with mostly high-end materials. Still, there are some design choices (like shiny surfaces, low-rent carpet, and low-quality upholstery) that make it look cheaper than its German-badged rivals. The CTS' front seats are comfortable and spacious, though the rear seats and trunk are cramped. The CUE infotainment system is high tech, but it can overcomplicate some actions.

  • The car incorporates a good variety of solid materials. The use of glossy and reflective design elements is unfortunate, and the carpet looks somewhat cheap. But there's nice leather and high-quality paint and exterior design elements." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2016)

Seating

The CTS seats five, and comes standard with leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Optional comfort features include leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, split-folding rear seats, and a heated and power-adjustable steering wheel.

The cabin has a driver-centric design that makes you feel as if you're sitting in a cockpit, but there's still ample room to get comfortable in the front. The back seats, on the other hand, are snug by class standards. Tall passengers will wish for more legroom in the back.

There are full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the CTS' outboard rear seats and an additional upper tether anchor on the middle seat.

  • "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 (2016)
  • 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 (2016)
  • 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

Standard features in the 2018 CTS include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, an 11-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, wireless device charging, an OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors.

Available features include a sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 13-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system, navigation, adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert, front and rear automatic braking, lane departure warning, active lane keep assist, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, parallel and perpendicular parking assist, a safety alert seat, a head-up display, and a 360-degree camera.

The CTS' infotainment system, which Cadillac calls CUE, has sharp graphics and quick responses, though many features require sorting through multiple menu levels. Fortunately, the steering wheel has redundant audio controls to make it easy to change the volume or radio station. The CTS also has a voice recognition system, but it doesn't always work as well as it should.

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  • Standard inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is a plus; but using the touchscreen interface for all native audio and navigation can be frustrating. Voice controls had limited success recognizing our navigation test case, but the voice interface is fairly nonrigid." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2016)
  • 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 (2016)

Cargo

The CTS has one of the smallest trunks in the class, with only 13.7 cubic feet of room. Beyond its diminutive size, the trunk has a poor design that limits its utility. There's a very narrow space between the wheel wells, and the floor isn't flat. A standard rear-seat pass-through lets you carry long, narrow items like skis. Folding rear seatbacks are available.

  • "The trunk is also on the small side at 13.7 cubic feet. Most other sedans in the class offer 15 cubic feet of space or more." -- 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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