2012 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Sedan Test & Review & Car and Driver

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2012 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Sedan

more horsepower and a new grille for only car.

What Is It?

the latest CTS, which is a lot the CTS we already know and like. For the 3.6-liter version of Cadillac#x2019;s car gets a new cylinder-head design integrated exhaust manifolds, a intake manifold, lighter rods, and upgrades to the fuel Power is up by 14 hp to 318, and the torque is now 275 lb-ft, an increase of just 2 but 300 rpm sooner on the tachometer.

Incidentally, the 2012 Camaro#x2019;s V-6 the same upgrades this and makes 323 hp. Cadillac claims the reduce engine weight by 21

So, about that weight Our test car weighed in 101 pounds than a comparable 2008 CTS with an automatic transmission.

of those extra pounds can be to larger wheels (the new car on 19-inchers; the 2008 rolled on and differences in optional equipment, but the saving from the engine is negligible.

The power difference is negligible as With a 0-to-60-mph time of 6.2 the new car is 0.2 second slower than the version we tested but in the middle of the of other CTS cars, including with a manual transmission incidentally, is no longer offered the 3.6-liter). The 2012 does the in 14.7 seconds at 98 mph, 0.1 and 1 mph behind the old car.

Fuel is unchanged at an EPA-rated 18 city, 27 and we averaged 22 mpg during our test.

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How Does It Stack Up?

After the of a new model launch, most fade into relative from a press standpoint. don#x2019;t get a lot of exposure to a car late in the cycle. Our time in the revised CTS as a reminder that General can build a car that looks and as well as any European-designed sports Particularly impressive is the ride, handles Michigan#x2019;s pothole-ravaged in comfort but retains a tautness encourages fast cornering.

The sales pitch back the second-generation CTS was new was that it offered similar to that of the BMW 5-series and E-class for a price similar to of the 3-series and C-class. The bigger as well as Audi#x2019;s stunning new A6, are a above the CTS in refinement and materials But the concept behind the CTS is a thoroughly idea of getting a little than you pay for, which we

What#x2019;s the Cost?

Of course, the proposition is great in theory. A CTS the 270-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 (available in the sedan) starts at $36,790. We yet to test that car; the CTS that competed in our Rental-Car came with the 3.6. up to the bigger engine increases the to $43,165, and all-wheel drive is an $1900.

Our test car, a rear-wheel-drive 3.6 model, had a base price of Add Recaro seats and some interior trim as part of the Touring package, the $2090 Summer Tire Performance and $995 paint, and you get our are-you-kidding? price of $55,060. A brand-new A6 in mid-level Premium Plus costs $56,495 if you add 19-inch tires. The four-year-old CTS doesn#x2019;t with the newer German at the same price.

So the value doesn#x2019;t necessarily out in reality. But the CTS can satisfy if you#x2019;re with the optional equipment, and it one of the best American cars on the

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