First drive: 2014 Cadillac CTS | Driving

26 Feb 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on First drive: 2014 Cadillac CTS | Driving

New CTS sedan continues to be GM’s car


SANTA BARBARA, — Truth be told, the outgoing CTS was parent General Motors’ car. It wasn#8217;t #8220;best#8221; in the most fuel-efficient or most sense.

No, I mean #8220;best#8221; as in competitive.#8221; So let’s just say were high during the of the new third-generation 2014 Cadillac CTS luxury sedan here in California.

As one of the first vehicles to as part of Cadillac’s so-called Art design renaissance, the original CTS sedan was groundbreaking for GM. While American luxury brand was saddled with having to mainstream Ford vehicles, GM big bucks on making Cadillac with the class-leading Germans, the CTS with a unique, rear-wheel-drive plenty of Nürburgring track and edgy styling.

The small Caddy was a success. So so that the second-gen, 2008 CTS the #8220;best#8221; car in GM’s garage, by the addition of all-wheel-drive (a must-have Canadian luxury buyers) and wagon models, and an interior rivaled the best in the class. So how has made the third-gen CTS better the #8220;best#8221;?

For starters, the five-passenger, 2014 CTS sedan (a coupe is no word on the return of the wagon, is easier to define in the marketplace. As entry-level offering, the first two of CTS were priced like but were sized more mid-sizers. With the arrival of the ATS, the 2014 CTS becomes a mid-size sedan.

Sharing similar dimensions the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the CTS is longer overall and has a longer than before.

In regards to fit and the 2014 CTS sedan’s interior up where the last model off and ups the ante with more options. Eight colour and four choices of dash and trim can be combined infinitely. The CTS’s larger proportions rear passengers will be more, and they are.

The wheelbase adds legroom, and the seats are scooped-out to tuck noggins underneath the newly roofline.

Luxury buyers the latest in safety tech, and the CTS doesn’t disappoint here. A Awareness Package adds patented Safety Alert system (it vibrates the driver’s for blind spot or rear collision warnings). The new CTS also GM’s first application of safety belt-tightening” that takes slack out of the belts buckled and adjusts while on the

The only stain on the new CTS interior is CUE infotainment system. Centered on an high-resolution colour touchscreen, its feedback controls are inconsistent in and the overall design seems Cadillac designers were different for the sake of being Hopefully a redesign is in the works.

the eight-cylinder, high-performance CTS-V up next year, the 2014 can be had with three engines, or all-wheel-drive and either six- or automatic gearboxes.

Rated at 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of the base model CTS’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder gas engine with rear- or optional and a six-speed autobox. Next up is a aspirated 3.6L six-cylinder 321 hp and 20 less lb.-ft. than the Sitting at the top of the range is the twin-turbo CTS Vsport.

It comes only the eight-speed auto, rear-wheel-drive an electronic slip rear and is rated at a healthy 420 hp and 430 lb.-ft.

to be the lightest sedan in its class, the CTS is chock-a-block with lightweight — like aluminum doors — also create a near-50/50 distribution. As a result, Cadillac the new CTS weighs less overall the outgoing version and about 90 less than a BMW 528i.

Using a version of the smaller suspension setup, and GM’s three-mode Magnetic Ride the 2014 CTS leans toward the side of the #8220;luxury/sport#8221; sedan on the road. Switch the console-mounted selector from Touring to or Track in the CTS Vsport, for instance, and the auto shifts more throttle response is sharper, gets less boost for feel and the ride is firmer for chassis roll in corners.

it was the top-line Vsport or the not-so-base 2.0T, the 2014 CTS feels smaller when being hard than its mid-size suggest. The CTS’s electric with variable assist a good amount of off-centre while not reacting too much to at pavement level.

Canadian wasn’t available at this But in the U.S. 2014 CTS MSRPs from $46,025 for the 2.0T to a over $60,000 for the Vsport.

You’ll find comparably rivals like the Audi A6, BMW 5 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class costing $10,000 more overall.

I’m not what else Cadillac can do to pry the of luxury car buyers from the of their German luxury But building on the critical success of year’s BMW 3 Series-challenging ATS sedan, the new CTS not only continues as GM’s car, it now has enough of the right to challenge for #8220;best in class.#8221;

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