2014 Cadillac CTS Video

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Not only does the 2014 CTS position Cadillac better than ever to compete with luxury midsize sedans from BMW and Mercedes-Benz, Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says it's the strongest candidate to accelerate GM into the 21st century. Drawing heavily from 2011's Ciel concept, the redesigned CTS aims for cutting edge with newfangled LED running lights under the headlights, abundant high-quality interior stitching, real metal and wood trim, and lots of tech features — though the forward-looking thing might go a tad far with the motorized cupholder cover.

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All that combined with a substantially reduced weight — particularly in the Vsport trim, powered by a 420-horsepower, twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 — may bode well for a CTS coupe comeback, though the future of the unpopular wagon remains hazy. Check out the video below.

By Matt Schmitz | March 27, 2013 | Comments (1)

Luxury Wagons Work to Woo Families

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I'm a wagon lover, and I'm not ashamed to say it. If things went my way, I'd have one of those big, wood-paneled ones in my driveway right now. However, most Americans don't share my enthusiasm for the old-school wagon. They have no idea what they're missing out on because today's wagons are often quite luxurious — and lacking in wood paneling.

With many of today's wagons focusing on luxury, these original grocery-getters have gotten pricey. A short list of wagons — Subaru Outback and Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen — can be had for less than $25,000.

Several luxury automakers are doing their best to woo families with high-end wagons, but they're not always as family-friendly as you'd think:

By Carrie Kim | February 26, 2013 | Comments (13)

Beefed-Up Chevy Corvette V-8 Could Power Next Caddy CTS-V

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When the 2014 Cadillac CTS debuts at the New York International Auto Show in March, Motor Trend reports the high-powered CTS-V will have a supercharged or turbocharged version of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette's 6.2-liter V-8. Cadillac parent GM is still deciding which route to take. GM's naturally aspirated LT1 V-8, which goes under the seventh-gen 'Vette's hood, already boasts direct injection, variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation. A turbocharger or supercharger could push output well beyond the 2014 Corvette's 450 horsepower and 450 pounds-feet of torque.

We'd expect it to beat that figure, given that the current CTS-V has a 556-hp, supercharged 6.2-liter V-8. The current engine, dubbed the LSA, is "sort of a sister engine" to the outgoing Corvette ZR1's LS9 V-8, GM powertrain spokesman Tom Read said. Still, it has fixed valve timing, port fuel injection and no cylinder deactivation. The new Corvette's LT1 V-8 is the first 'Vette engine to employ such technologies.

By Kelsey Mays | February 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

Cadillac Adds New Touring Package to 2012 CTS Lineup

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Components typically reserved for Cadillac’s exclusive and expensive V club are now a bit more accessible to 2012 CTS buyers. Features usually found in V-trim Cadillacs are newly available on 2012 CTS models through a Touring Package.

Available on coupes, sedans and wagons, the CTS Touring Package includes equipment like Recaro seats, suede seat and steering-wheel inserts, high-intensity-discharge headlamps and specific V-themed spoiler and wheels.

By Jennifer Geiger | December 29, 2011 | Comments (1)

2012 Cadillac CTS: Ch-Ch-Changes

2012 Cadillac CTS sedanFor the 2012 model year, the Cadillac CTS sedan, coupe and wagon get a new V-6 engine, exterior updates and some trim reshufflings.

The updated 3.6-liter V-6, which comes equipped on Cadillac’s Performance and Premium trims, is now rated at 318 horsepower, up from 304 hp in the previous model. Despite the power boost, the new engine has the same fuel-economy ratings — an EPA-estimated 18/27 mpg city/highway — as the 2011 model.

Lower trim models will continue to be offered with a 270-hp, 3.0-liter V-6. The new 3.6-liter V-6 engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission; the six-speed manual option is no longer available on the 3.6, but it’s still an option with the 3.0. Rear- and all-wheel drive are available on all trims.

Along with the new engine, Cadillac has updated the CTS grille. It now has a more pronounced two-dimensional grid design as opposed to the somewhat three-dimensional mesh grill on the 2011 model. According to Cadillac, the grille and Cadillac badge have more detail to them than the ones they replace (an up close photo is provided below).

Cadillac also added a new feature package, called the Touring Package, to its lineup for the model year. The package includes dark finishes to the exterior, metal pedals, a darkened wood trim and suede-trimmed upholstery. The feature suite is available with either the 3.0-liter or the 3.6-liter V-6. When equipped with the 3.6-liter, the Touring Package also comes with Recaro seats and 19-inch wheels.

Cadillac will announce pricing and more trim details soon. The model goes on sale in late summer.

By Colin Bird | April 19, 2011 | Comments (6)

Cars.com Reviews the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport WagonThe high-performance Cadillac CTS-V Wagon is virtually in a class of its own — there isn’t a performance station wagon of this caliber in the U.S. Despite the rear hatchback, the CTS-V  Wagon still has the chops to give the venerable BMW M3 a run for its money, according to Cars.com senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder. Its blistering speeds are well-controlled by a dynamic chassis and solid bakes. The V-Series designation also gets you more comfortable seat options and a more precise six-speed manual transmission not found on the regular V-6 model.

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By Colin Bird | March 29, 2011 | Comments (2)

Cars.com Podcast: 2011 Audi A4, Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon

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Short and very sweet is how we’d describe this week’s podcast. Editors Joe Wiesenfelder, David Thomas and Mike Hanley talk about a luxury sedan they all admire and a supercharged V-8 station wagon they simply lust after.

Why are these two cars so good? Download the podcast to find out.

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By David Thomas | March 22, 2011 | Comments (0)

Cadillac Launches Black Diamond Edition CTS-V

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We’ve seen White Diamond Edition models from General Motors before on the Chevrolet Suburban, but we haven’t seen anything featuring the color black. In spring, we will get a black tri-coat-painted CTS-V sedan, coupe and wagon, which Cadillac is calling the Black Diamond Edition trim.

Like the Suburban, the trim is mainly an appearance package. The black paint is the biggest deal here: there are small aluminum flakes in it that give the car a sparkly look.

In addition to the paint, there are special 19-inch wheels with Brembo brake calipers that are painted yellow.

By Colin Bird | February 3, 2011 | Comments (4)

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon: First Drive

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There’s no logical reason for the Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon to exist. It’s a 556-horsepower, supercharged eight-cylinder rear-wheel-drive station wagon with a six-speed manual transmission (optional) for $64,000. Dozens of minivans and crossovers can shuttle you, your family and your groceries around town for significantly less money, but not a single one is anywhere near as heart-pumping as this sports car cleverly disguised as a “practical” family hauler.

The CTS-V Sport Wagon is the third high-performance variant of Cadillac’s well-received midsize car, following the handsome sedan and lust-worthy coupe. This is the stealthy one. Your kids and neighbors don’t expect a wagon to go from zero to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds.

By Mike Levine | December 8, 2010 | Comments (13)

Cadillac CTS-V Wagon Priced at $62,165

As GM prepares the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V wagon for dealer orders, the car finally has a price: $62,165. That’s before an $825 destination fee and a $1,300 gas tax, bringing the starting cost up to $64,290, the same price of the 2011 CTS-V coupe and sedan. So really, it’s just a matter of personal preference at this point.

The CTS-V wagon gets the same 556-horsepower, supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine in the CTS-V sedan and coupe. The wagon is powered by the rear wheels through either a standard six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. It rides on 19-inch aluminum wheels and packs magnetic ride control and Brembo brakes.

Inside, the car comes with heated leather seats, in-dash navigation system with a 40-gigabyte hard drive and a Bose audio system standard. Sapele wood trim, Recaro seats and a suede steering wheel and shifter are optional.

The unique body style is all we can say about what distinguishes the wagon from either of the other two high-performance variants. The hatch gives the CTS-V wagon up to 58 cubic feet of cargo space. That means you can take your dogs to the park in no time.

The CTS-V Wagon is available now for ordering from Cadillac dealerships and should be available for delivery sometime in 2011.

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By Colin Bird | October 5, 2010 | Comments (17)

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