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2019 Cadillac CTS Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: November 10, 2019


The Cadillac CT6 has been a strong American contender in the midsize luxury sedan league, which has been mostly dominated by the Germans. Premium fit and finish, comfortable interiors, powerful engine and off course, the class and presence of a Cadillac has been some of its distinctions.

After a decent show in its first two generations, it was in 2014 when when the CTS underwent some maor overhauls for its third generation. Since then the CTS has remained pretty much the same without any significant changes. As part of Cadillac's strategy to reshuffle and upgrade its entire line-up, the year 2019 could probably be the last production year. However, for the disappointed CTS fans, there will be a better and updated procduct replacing the CTS very soon and probably with a new name.

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Pros

Precise handling

Peppy V6 egine

Cons

Firm ride quality

Cramped rear seat and trunk space

Poor reliability

Clumsy infotainment

What's New?

No updates for the 2019 model


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$46995

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

268 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

295 lbs.-ft @ 3000 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

61.5/62.1

dimensions

wheelbase

114.6 in.

length

195.5 in.

width

72.2 in.

height

57.2 in.

curb weight

3652 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

38.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

13.7 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/25/30 mpg

highway range

570 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr. / 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

72 months. / 70000

corrosion warranty

6 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

6 yr. / 70000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Cadillac CTS in Black Raven color  2019 Cadillac CTS in Crystal White Metallic color  2019 Cadillac CTS in Dark Blue Metallic color  2019 Cadillac CTS in Bright Silver Metallic color  2019 Cadillac CTS in Satin Steel Metallic color
Black Raven

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine And Performance

8.1

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

7.5

Exterior

8.0

Safety

5.0

7.1

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Cadillac CTS Base

Base

power
268 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$46,995 - $48,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $46,995 MSRP (22/25/30) 268 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5
4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $48,995 MSRP (21/24/29) 268 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 Cadillac CTS Luxury

Luxury

power
335 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$52,695 - $56,695


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $56,695 MSRP (18/21/26) 335 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5
Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $54,695 MSRP (21/24/29) 268 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5
Luxury 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $54,695 MSRP (19/23/29) 335 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5
Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $52,695 MSRP (22/25/30) 268 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5

 2019 Cadillac CTS Premium Luxury

Premium Luxury

power
335 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$60,195 - $62,195


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $62,195 MSRP (18/21/26) 335 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5
Premium Luxury 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $60,195 MSRP (19/23/29) 335 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.1

Overall Rating


Since it was last updated in the year 2014, the present day CTS might lack behind its updated rivals, but its Cadillac's unique styling and the high degree of options and customizations available that the CTS still boasts of. Although the CTS might be called off in 2019, Cadillac wont be giving the BMW M5, Mercedes-AMG E 63, and the Audi A6, a shy of relief for very long. Sometimes in the late 2019 or early 2020, there will be an all new fresh Caddy joining the party.


7.0/10
Features

 

8.1/10
Engine and Performance

 

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.5/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

5.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2019 Cadillac CTS Features

7.0/10

Available in five different trims, the 2019 Cadillac CTS starts at $46,995 for the base and goes upto $71,795 for the top trim V-Sport Premium Luxury. The base trim comes witha 2.0 Liter engine while the Luxury can be configured either with the same 2.0 liter engine or a 3.6 liter V6. The three higher trims come standard with the V6 unit. All the trims can also be equipped with the optional all-wheel drive. except for the rear wheel drive only V-Sport and V-Sport premium luxury.

Trim

Base

Luxury

Premium Luxury

V-Sport

V-Sport Premium Luxury

MSRP(RWD)

$46,995

$52,695

$60,195

$61,695

$71,795

Key Features

Brake drying

Adds to Base  -

Adds to Luxury -

Adds to Premium Luxury -

Adds to V-Sport

 

Rear view camera

Xenon high intensity discharge headlamp

Technology Package

Rear limited slip differential

Adaptive Cruise Control – Advanced 

  Emergency braking assist

Adaptive headlights

Performance Seat and Cluster Package

 Ultraview power sunroof

Remote anti-theft alarm system

  8- way power front seats Blind spot and lane departure warnings accident avoidance system

Three zone climate control

 

16- way power front seats

  Traction control

Heated steering wheel

Front, side, and rear view camera

 

Pre-collision safety system

  11 speaker Bose premium audio 13 speaker Bose premium audio Front and rear parking sensors

 

Driver seat thigh extension

  keyless ignition Leather upholstery Heated rear seats  

 

  Rear parking sensors Heated and ventilated front seats    

 

  Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror Split-folding rear seatback    

 

We Recommend

The CTS in luxury variant hits the sweet spot and adds numerous features compared to the base trim. Get it with the 3.6 liter V6 and along with the enhanced appeal, you also get a more powerful engine that provides more confidence for brisk cruising.

2019 Cadillac CTS Engine and Performance

8.1/10

“With suspension tuning done on fabled race circuits and highways around the world, the CTS definitely has the handling chops you might expect from a luxury sport sedan. The CTS could even claim to be the most engaging car in its class for driving along a curvy road. Particularly with the CTS V-Sport, you’ll find that it turns in crisply and has loads of confidence-inspiring grip.” — Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The 2019 Cadillac CTS comes with a base 2.0 liter four cylinder turbocharged engine which produces 268 hp and 295-pound feet of torque. It is an ample amount of horsepower for a performance-oriented luxury car and quietly cruises on the highway. Fun factor comes with an optional 3.5 liter V6 engine that puts out 335 hp and also a twin-turbocharged V6 that generates 420 hp.

Both of the V6 provides some serious performance and provides seamless power for rapid acceleration. All engines are mated to a refined eight-speed transmission that shifts seamlessly, though it can hesitate to downshift in manual mode. Every CTS comes available with all-wheel drive minus but the V sport transfers power to the rear wheels.

Models

Cadillac CTS Luxury

Audi A6 3.0 TFSI Premium Quattro sedan

Jaguar XF Sedan

Maserati Ghibli

BMW 530i sedan

Lexus GS 350 sedan

2018 Genesis G80 3.8 sedan

2018 Volvo S90 T5 Momentum sedan

2018 Mercedes e300 sport sedan

MSRP

$55,690

$59,895

$50,960

$74,980

$54,395

$52,020

$42,745

$49,095

$53,945

Engine

3.6L V6 Turbocharged Gas

3.0L V6

2.0L i4

3.0L V6

2.0L i4

3.5L V6

3.8L V6

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

Transmission

8 Speed automatic

7 Speed DCT automatic

8 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

9 Speed automatic

Horsepower

335 hp@ 6800rpm

335 hp@ 5000rpm

247 hp@ 5500rpm

345 hp@ 5250 rpm

248 hp@ 5200rpm

311 hp@ 6400rpm

311 hp@ 6000rpm

250 hp@ 5500rpm

241 hp@ 5550rpm

Torque

285 ft-lbs@ 5300rpm

369 ft-lbs@ 1370 rpm

269 ft-lbs@ 1200rpm

369 ft-lbs@ 1750 rpm

258 ft-lbs@ 1450 rpm

280 ft-lbs@ 4800rpm

293 ft-lbs@ 5000rpm

258 ft-lbs@ 1500rpm

273 ft-lbs@ 1300rpm

Like the Cadillac CTS, BMW 530i and Jaguar XF features an 8-speed automatic transmission mode. Audi A6, on the other hand, comes with a 7-speed automatic transmission mode. The Jaguar and Audi puts out similar horsepower. Cadillac CTS and BMW 5 series puts out similar output.

Acceleration

The CTS with its turbocharged engine provides ample oomph for hard acceleration. With its 335 hp and 285 lb-ft of torque, this caddy can take you to 60 mph from standstill in just 4.4 seconds. There is enough power in the whole rev range and acceleration is fast yet and undramatic.

Models

Cadillac CTS Luxury

Audi A6 3.0 TFSI Premium Quattro sedan

Jaguar XF 25t premium Sedan

Maserati Ghibli

BMW 530i sedan

Lexus GS 350 sedan

2018 Genesis G80 3.8 sedan

2018 Volvo S90 T5 Momentum sedan

2018 Mercedes E300 sport sedan

0-60 MPH

4.4 sec

4.4 sec

5.2

5 sec

4.9

N/A

6.4 sec

6.5 sec

6.2 sec

Quarter mile

12.9 sec

13.0 sec

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

14.7 sec

15.3 sec

14.3 sec

Engine

3.6L V6 Turbocharged Gas

3.0L V6

2.0L i4

3.0L V6

2.0L i4

3.5L V6

3.8L V6

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

8.0

6.5

7.1

The Cadillac CTS is the fastest among all stays neck to neck with Audi A6 premium. The BMW 5 series sedan takes the second spot followed by Jaguar XF sedan which is the slowest among all.

Ride and Handling

Tested at the infamous Nurburgring track Cadillac CTS offers excellent driving dynamics balanced with a luxurious and refined cabin. The base 2.0 liter engine is OK on power but V6 with its 335 horsepower provides strong acceleration on freeways. Steering feel is heavy initially and it lightens up gradually when you pick up the pace. The handling is precise with an ample amount of grip because of which the CTS feels planted on a higher speed.

The suspension and chassis complement the turbocharged engine and provides the racing capability. CTS-V features a multilink MacPherson in the front and five-link independent suspension in the rear which achieves track performance but feels bumpy as an everyday driver. During aggressive cornering, the electronic Limited-Slip Differential automatically sends power to the rear wheels for optimum traction and faster exit speed.

The 2019 CTS is based on GM’s Alpha platform which underpins the ATS and the Camaro. Third generation Magnetic ride control reads the road thousand time per second and independently control all the four dampers for maximum stability.

Braking

The Cadillac CTS-V is equipped with massive Brembo brakes carved out from lightweight aluminum alloy. The pedal travel is small with immediate response. It delivers consistent performance and due to its low curb weight, there is minimal body roll on corners.

Model

Cadillac CTS Luxury

Audi A6 3.0 TFSI Premium Quattro sedan

Jaguar XF Sedan

Maserati Ghibli

BMW 530i sedan

Lexus GS 350 sedan

2018 Genesis G80 3.8 sedan

2018 Volvo S90 T5 Momentum sedan

2018 Mercedes e300 sport sedan

Brake Front (in.)

12.6

13.6

13.8

N/A

13.2

N/A

13.6

13.6

12.7

Brake Rear (in.)

12.4

13

13.2

N/A

12.8

N/A

12.4

12.6

11.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3757

4266

3590

3990

3790

3726

4195

3870

3792

60-0 MPH (ft.)

115

117

108

N/A

106

N/A

109

120

106

During emergency braking scenarios, 2019 CTS is able to come to a full halt in a distance of 115 feet. The Jaguar and BMW are the best when it comes to braking and takes only 106 and 108 feets to stop respectively. Audi stands at last here.

2019 Cadillac CTS Fuel Economy

5.0/10

The Cadillac CTS with its standard four-cylinder engine gets 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Those numbers are below average for the segment. Opting all-wheel drive drops each figure by 1 mpg. The midrange V6 engine returns 19 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, and the twin-turbo V6 gets 16 mg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Various technologies like direct injection and Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) helps to achieve the best fuel efficiency.

Model

Cadillac CTS Luxury

Audi A6 3.0 TFSI Premium Quattro sedan

Jaguar XF Sedan

Maserati Ghibli

BMW 530i sedan

Lexus GS 350 sedan

2018 Genesis G80 3.8 sedan

2018 Volvo S90 T5 Momentum sedan

2018 Mercedes e300 sport sedan

MPG (city)

19

21

25

17

24

20

19

25

22

MPG (highway)

29

30

34

24

34

28

27

34

30

MPG (combined)

23

24

28

19

27

23

22

27

25

The BMW 530i and Jaguar XF offers a combined fuel economy of 27 mpg. Audi A6 offers the best in league mileage of 28 mpg. Cadillac stands at last in this rivalry with 23 mpg combined.

2019 Cadillac CTS Interior

7.5/10

The 2019 Cadillac CTS delivers just enough comfort and builds quality to overlook a tight back seat and small trunk - car connection

Seating and Comfort

The CTS –V features exquisite material such as real wood trim and semi-aniline leather seats in its cabin. A giant 12.3-inch screen replaces the traditional gauges making the dashboard look futuristic on this model.  The inside is much like the ATS with lots of interior space.

The 20-way power adjustable seats are exceptionally comfortable with ample amount of bolstering. They are wide, deep but not too soft which makes them perfect for long hours in the cabin. The rear seats are also comfortable with snug toe room but wide knee room. The sloping roofline and thick pillars make limited headroom for taller individuals. An available suede microfiber steering wheel and shift knob complement the seating.

Model

Cadillac CTS Luxury

Audi A6 3.0 TFSI Premium Quattro sedan

Jaguar XF Sedan

Maserati Ghibli

BMW 530i sedan

Lexus GS 350 sedan

2018 Genesis G80 3.8 sedan

2018 Volvo S90 T5 Momentum sedan

2018 Mercedes e300 sport sedan

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.4/56.9/45.7

38.0/57.8/41.3

37.8/57.5/42.2

N/A

38.8/58.7/41.4

38.0/57.3/42.3

41.1/58.3/45.7

37.8/57.5/42.2

41.4/57.8/41.7

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.5/54.8/35.4

38.1/56.5/37.4

38.2/57.1/36.3

N/A

37.5/55.9/36.5

37.8/55.7/36.8

38.2/57.1/35.0

37.8/55.4/40.4

38.2/57.1/36.3

The Cadillac CTS have the most spacious front seats when contrasted with the rivals also the rear seats have maple amount of headroom.

Interior Features

  • Handcrafted cut-and-sewn interior
  • 20-way adjustable power front seats, automatic heated and ventilated
  • Semi-Aniline leather seating with suede microfiber inserts
  • Automatic heated steering wheel
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Power rear window shade
  • Teen driver function
  • Wireless charging
  • Heads-up Display

Infotainment System

The CTS-V comes with Cadillac’s Cue infotainment screen that controls all the tech and features. The eight-inch LCD multi-touch sensitive screen, integrated into the top of the central instrument panel which is intuitive to use. Volume and climate are adjusted through a touch sensitive button instead of traditional knobs.

  • Android Auto and Apple Carplay
  • Wi-Fi-hotspot
  • Bluetooth
  • USB ports
  • Satellite radio
  • 11 speaker Bose audio system

Cargo Capacity

The Cadillac CTS-V has 13.7 cubic feet of space which are below average for this segment. The trunk opening is wide and load height is good for all your belongings. The cargo capacity can be increased via 60/40 rear folding seats. The narrow ending of the rear gives it an oblong shape which is can’t carry much of your luggage.

Model

Audi A6 3.0 TFSI Premium Quattro sedan

Jaguar XF Sedan

Maserati Ghibli

BMW 530i sedan

Lexus GS 350 sedan

2018 Genesis G80 3.8 sedan

2018 Volvo S90 T5 Momentum sedan

2018 Mercedes e300 sport sedan

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

13.7

17.8

17.7

N/A

14.3

15.3

13.5

13.1

2019 Cadillac CTS Exterior

8.0/10

“The 2019 Cadillac CTS still wears its sheet metal with pride, but is starting to show some age inside”- Carconnection

Dimension and Weight

Cadillac CTS-V looks terrific from every angle with powerful lines and curves. CTV’s iconic V-Performance mesh grille is cleverly engineered to provide maximum airflow to the engine. Hundreds of vertical crystalline LED lights to move from bumper to the fender accentuate the exterior design with (HID) headlamps featuring Adaptive Forward Lighting.

The large air ducts in the front fascia to feed more air to the turbocharger and aggressive trapezoidal exhaust ports are some of its unique elements. Hidden behind the grille, the Active Grille shutters automatically open and close for maximum aerodynamic efficiency. Wide fenders are meant to accommodate stunning 19-inch alloys with Michelin Pilot sport tires. The rear end in narrower with beefy c pillars and a sweptback shape.

Model

Cadillac CTS Luxury

Audi A6 3.0 TFSI Premium Quattro sedan

Jaguar XF Sedan

Maserati Ghibli

BMW 530i sedan

Lexus GS 350 sedan

2018 Genesis G80 3.8 sedan

2018 Volvo S90 T5 Momentum sedan

2018 Mercedes e300 sport sedan

Curb weight (lbs.)

3757

4266

3590

3990

3790

3726

4195

3870

3792

Length(in)

195.5

194.4

195.0

195.7

194.6

192.1

196.5

200.1

193.8

Width(in)

72.2

74.3

78.2

76.6

73.5

72.4

74.4

74.0

72.9

Height(in)

57.2

57.4

57.4

57.7

58.2

57.3

58.3

57.1

57.8

Ground clearance (in)

 

4.2

4.1

N/A

5.7

5.1

5.3

6.0

5.5

Wheelbase (in)

114.6

115.1

116.5

118

117.1

112.2

118.5

120.5

115.7

Track width (in) F/R

61.4/61.7

N/A

61.4/61.8

64.4/65.1

63/63.9

N/A

64.1/65.3

63.7/63.7

63.6/63

Most of the rivals are similar in terms of dimensions and there is not much of a difference however the Audi is heaviest among all which affects its agility.

Exterior Features

  • V Grille
  • Carbon-Fiber hood
  • Functional aero design: Includes front splitter, rocker panels, and rear spoiler
  • 19-inch premium painted forged alloy wheels
  • Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires

2019 Cadillac CTS Safety

5.0/10

What’s the point of having a sports sedan if the car isn’t safe enough? That is why Cadillac has put some really impressive safety features like Head-up Display, front-collision assist, and lane keep assist. IIHS has not rated the Cadillac CTS Sedan yet.

  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Electronic traction control
  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control system
  • Airbag system
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Following Distance Indicator
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and right-front passenger
  • Safety belts, 3-point, rear, all seating positions
  • Automatic Safety Belt Tightening
  • Child seat restraint system
  • Door locks, rear child security
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

2019 Cadillac CTS Competition

Audi A6

The Audi A6 is one among the competent luxury sedans for the family. The standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder provides plenty of grunts, but the optional supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 takes the thing to another level. The interior is far better in terms of quality if compared to the CTS and the overall performance of Audi A6 has an edge over CTS.

BMW 5 series

The 5 series is the most popular sports sedan in this segment because of its dynamic performance and high quality interior. Between the CTS and 5 series, the Bimmer has better engine options and pinpoint handling. The 5 series is also ahead in terms of passenger space and cargo capacity. The 5 Series is a better car overall, but it costs thousands of dollars more than the CTS. If you can afford it, it’s worth the splurge.

Jaguar XF

The Jaguar XF is available in a wide variety of engine options ranging from 180 hp 4 cylinders to 380 hp turbocharged 6 cylinder. It is not as enthusiastic as most of the rivals. There's even a wagon version for drivers seeking maximum cargo flexibility. Germans still dominate the luxury sedan territory but if you want a midsize sedan that's a bit different than the norm, the 2019 XF will certainly satisfy.

2019 Cadillac CTS Final Verdict

The 2019 Cadillac CTS comes with an attractive design and sports large vertical LED headlights, aggressive trapezoidal exhaust ports and handsome curves. It has a long list of standard features with a comfortable ride in spite of sophisticated suspension. Its cabin is well put together like some of its rivals. The Cadillac CTS-V is a good alternative to some of its German competitors.