yellow pages news jobs events calendar movie times RSS News Feeds
Rocklin and Roseville Today Business Ready?
   |   Current Temp: 83.0 F (28.3 C)
 

Redesigned Cadillac CTS a keeper


SHARE with Friend




cadillac.jpg

Many auto experts praised the Cadillac CTS when it was first unveiled in 2002. And since that time, I've remained a fan of this attractive midsize luxury sport sedan.

The latest edition of the CTS comes with changes, thanks to a major redesign that's resulted in an improvement over its predecessor.

To summarize - the 2014 Cadillac CTS is more stylish, sporty and luxurious - but it's also more expensive. The price starts at around $46,000 for the base model and can climb into the $69,000 range.

2014 Cadillac CTS

  • Performance: 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder, 272 horsepower; 3.6-liter, V6, 321 horsepower; 3.6-liter, turbocharged V6, 420 horsepower
  • Mileage estimate range: 18-30 mpg
  • Estimated price: $46,025 to $69,070
  • Warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles; drivetrain 6 years/70,000 miles; roadside assistance 6 years/70,000; corrosion 6 years/unlimited

Cadillac is on a mission to compete on the same level with a couple of German powerhouses in BMW and Mercedes-Benz. This year's remodeled CTS will definitely gain some ground on the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. And don't forget about the Lexus GS; it's a big-time player in this competitive class as well.

Historically an attractive vehicle, the CTS features a high-tech interior combined with a bold, attractive exterior. Shop wisely, because there's quite a bit to choose from in the CTS lineup. It has six primary trim levels: standard, luxury, performance, premium, Vsport and Vsport premium.

Here's a quick glance at the new changes to the CTS:

  • Has a longer, lower and wider stance and is 1.2-inches longer in the wheelbase, 4.2 inches longer overall, plus sits 0.8 inches lower
  • Grille is more slender and aggressive
  • Stylish LED running lights
  • Base model now the turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder that was first introduced in the Cadillac ATS sedan
  • The interior features rich leather and trim elements, high-tech gauge display, multi-colored touchscreen display that operates infotainment system

Like many luxury vehicles, the CTS delivers quite a bit of standard equipment, including heated mirrors; rear parking sensors; remote ignition; dual-zone automatic climate control; manual tilt-and-telescoping, leather-wrapped steering wheel; eight-way power front seats; driver memory settings; and trunk pass-through.

The standard features also include OnStar telematics; Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity; infotainment system, an 8-inch touchscreen display, voice commands; 11-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system with three USB ports; an auxiliary audio jack; and satellite and HD radio.

Test driven here was the CTS with the 3.6-liter, V6 engine that produced 321 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. This model is plenty quick and swift, and provides very good acceleration in any situation.

The new engine is the 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder that has 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. While the engine sounds impressive, note that some car reviewers have labeled it just "adequate" in performance.

The other engine option is the super-powerful Vsport-specific turbocharged 3.6-liter, V6 that proudly elicits 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. This model is quite fun, and was clocked at 4.9 seconds going 0-60 mph.

If mileage is a consideration, note that any version of the CTS is not great on gas. The mileage varies, depending on the engine, ranging from 18-30 mpg overall.

As mentioned previously, the CTS interior has some high-level materials in a sophisticated cockpit that is rich and luxurious. There's leather, wood and no hard-surface materials.

For car-buyers who like techie instrumentation, the CTS delivers plenty. For those who don't grasp high-tech easily, the CTS will require a learning curve to adequately operate.

Overall, the 2014 Cadillac CTS has definitely raised its game in many areas.

This stylish sedan should be on the take-a-look list of everyone shopping for a midsize luxury sport sedan.

 






more news Print This Article


Weidel on Wheels author Jeffrey Weidel is an award-winning writer from the Sacramento region who has reviewed automobiles for more than two decades. He can be reached at skiweidel@gmail.com
Follow him on Twitter at @jeffweidel.



Placer County News Headlines

Different Standards From Mortgage LendersJulie Jalone of MagnumOne Realty in Roseville, reports on a recent Fannie Mae survey which indicates there may be a growing difference in credit standards between small and large lenders. Which do you think has the tighter credit standards? Check out Julie's article and find out.

PCWA Comments on Bay Delta Conservation PlanDrought Watch: PCWA expresses concern about future water supply reliability for Placer County and claims EIR fails to consider key issues.

Honor Bowl Games at Del Oro August 2014ROCKLIN, CA. - William Jessup University announced today that it will serve as a sponsor for the Northern and Southern California 2014 Honor Bowl football games.

Tahoe Bike Classic Sept. 27 & 28The inaugural Tahoe Bike Classic will take over the Lake Tahoe basin this fall, September 27 & 28, 2014.

Lake Tahoe Marathon Returns September 14thArguably the most beautiful marathon in the world, the Lake Tahoe Marathon returns to Lake Tahoe on Sunday September 14, 2014. Since its inception in 1995, the Lake Tahoe Marathon has evolved into a premier running event

3 Month Old Dies in Sacramento, Parents JailedAshleigh Smith and the 19-year-old father, Terry Scott, were interviewed, they were both booked that night into the Sacramento County Jail on felony child abuse/neglect charges.

Dropping Gas Prices Lift Summer DriversLocal gas prices continue to drop and bring relief to drivers across California and the nation.

Inter-Faith Task Force Seeks New MembersThe Roseville Police Department is hosting an Inter-Faith Task Force comprised of congregational leaders and security teams for churches and other

Lake Tahoe Basin Community Plan Environmental ReviewWith the release of the Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Environmental Impact Statement/Report, the ongoing update to the complex Tahoe Basin Community Plan continues to make progress

Preventive Autism Treatment Focus of Research AwardsResearch could affect nearly one in every four cases of autism among children in the U.S.

Simple Changes Helping California Small Businesses and EntrepreneursIt's not easy doing business in California. In order to be successful, business owners must overcome many challenges, one of which is dealing with California's complicated tax system

Hyundai scores with Santa Fe SUVsOne of Hyundai's more impressive vehicles is the 2014 Santa Fe, a sport utility vehicle that has three rows and seats seven. It replaced the 2012 Veracruz in the Hyundai lineup.




more news