Last week's No. 1 most popular video was bumped by a newcomer this week. Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman's drive of the Cadillac CTS Vsport is No. 2 this week, replaced by Kelsey Mays' review of the 2013 Land Rover LR4. Check out what else was popular this week.
Summarizing the new Cadillac CTS' in-your-face style and athletic performance on the road, Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger draws parallels to ostentatious pop-star Lady Gaga. Indeed, the sedan wasn't "born this way," but instead redesigned for 2014 with a wider stance, exaggerated front-end features and a decadently luxurious — and potentially over-the-top — interior. Among available powertrains, the 321-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission delivers strong, smooth acceleration. Read Geiger's review, and decide if the CTS would earn your "applause" — or prove to be a "bad romance."
Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman got behind the wheel of the track-ready 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport and burned rubber straight to the No. 1 spot on this week's list of most-watched videos. Get Bragman's impressions as he takes a few turns in a Caddy that hauls more than grandpa's golf clubs. Also debuting this week is Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder's lukewarm assessment of the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel, clattering into the No. 3 spot. Check out what else was popular:1. 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport
Pop quiz: Why would anyone take a Caddy for hot laps around a race track? If you answered, "Because they can," you've likely made the acquaintance of the 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport. Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman did just that on a recent visit to GM's Milford Proving Ground in Michigan. Bragman says the all-new longer, lower and wider CTS platform boasts clean, distinctive exterior styling and a luxurious interior while its lightweight chassis handles extremely well against the forces created by the "track master's" 420-horsepower, twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6.Related
That Mercedes-Benz in your driveway might have turned the tables on the Joneses, who are now trying to keep up with you, but that envy doesn't end with your neighbors. According to a report released today by the National Insurance Crime Bureau, to steal a Mercedes-Benz is considered an honor among thieves. The German automaker's iconic three-pointed star adorns three of the top 10 most-stolen luxury models in the U.S., with the C-Class taking the No. 1 spot with 485 thefts from Jan. 1, 2009, through Dec. 31, 2012.
The Des Plaines, Ill.-based nonprofit's analysis divided the luxury-vehicle segment into three subclasses — compact, midsize and premium — with thefts across all three totaling 4,384 for the 2010-12 model years. The compact class accounted for the greatest portion of that total, with 2,150 thefts, followed by the midsize class' 1,734 thefts and the premium's 500. By state, the distribution of thefts largely correlates with population size: California lays claim to 1,063 of the total luxury thefts, the most, while South Dakota and Wyoming each had only one. By core-based statistical area, which includes a densely populated urban center and its surrounding areas, the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island area had the largest number of luxury thefts at 806, followed by Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, Calif., with 491, and Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Fla., with 452.
In two influential studies from J.D. Power and Associates, GM got both ends of the stick. The Detroit automaker finished strong in the firm's 2013 Initial Quality Study released in June, but it ranked midpack in the firm's Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout report a month later.
Mike Hardie pays a lot of attention to those studies. Hardie directs global quality strategy at GM, whose U.S. brands are Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC. In IQS, some of GM's awarded products are its oldest: the soon-to-be-discontinued Chevrolet Avalanche, the outgoing Cadillac Escalade and the old GMC Sierra 1500. Tech-laden new Cadillacs, by contrast, earned no awards.
That may not mean older technology, particularly around the often-scrutinized multimedia system, is automatically better from a things-gone-wrong standpoint, Hardie said. He spoke with Cars.com earlier today.
"Simpler can excel, and I think quite honestly that pushes its way to new technology, as well," Hardie said. He pointed to the redesigned Chevrolet Impala, which nabbed Consumer Reports' top score among sedans on Thursday. The magazine called the Impala's multimedia system "refreshingly intuitive and easy to use."
Several trim levels will be available, including Luxury, Performance and Premium. Powertrain choices for all three include a 272-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder or a 321-hp, 3.6-liter V-6.
Bumping up to the sport-oriented rear-wheel-drive CTS Vsport model gets you the new 420-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6, making a hefty 420 hp and 430 pounds-feet of torque. The model starts at $59,995, including a $925 destination fee, and includes an electronic limited slip differential and eight-speed automatic transmission. It's not to be confused with the CTS-V model and its 556-hp, supercharged V-8; the V line carries over and wears the old generation's design for 2014.
A host of 2014 vehicles have earned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's five-star rating in crash tests, perhaps most notably the redesigned-for-2014 Cadillac CTS.
Both the rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions of the CTS got an overall score of five in NHTSA's safety ratings. Both earned fives in frontal-crash tests and side-crash tests, and fours in rollover tests. Meanwhile, its compact sibling, the 2014 ATS, earned fives across the board for both the rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions. Both the front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions of the 2014 XTS also earned an overall five-star score, with fives in frontal- and side-crash ratings and fours in rollover tests.
Other 2014 models joining NHTSA's five-star club earned fives in frontal- and side-crash ratings and fours in rollover tests. They included:
When the 2014 Cadillac XTS goes on sale later this summer, the large sedan will be what the automaker calls "one of the most technologically advanced production cars in the brand's history." Topping the list of upgrades is a new twin-turbo V-6 engine that's borrowed from the 2014 CTS sedan.
Cadillac said the optional twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 is good for 410 horsepower and 369 pounds-feet of torque; that’s compared with the standard naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V-6's 304 hp and 264 pounds-feet of torque. The twin-turbo engine comes only with all-wheel drive while the standard V-6 comes with front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The twin-turbo requires premium gas; fuel-economy figures have not yet been announced.
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