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2014 CTS Sedan Review

April 20, 2013

2014 CTS Sedan

2014 Cadillac CTS

Destined to ascend into the heart of the midsize luxury market in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley with expanded performance, elevated luxury, and sophisticated technology, Cadillac introduces the 2014 CTS Sedan. Based on the high-performing rear-drive architecture of the award-winning ATS sport sedan, the CTS will be the segment’s lightest car, enabling the most agile driving dynamics in the class. A range of power-dense powertrains underpin its performance, including the all-new Cadillac Twin-Turbo engine and eight-speed automatic transmission.

The new Cadillac Twin-Turbo V-6 and eight-speed automatic transmission combination leads the CTS sedan’s powertrain lineup in the new CTS Vsport. The first twin-turbocharged engine ever offered by Cadillac, and the brand’s first eight-speed automatic, The Twin-Turbo is SAE-certified at 420 horsepower and 430 lb.-ft. of torque, making it the most power-dense six-cylinder engine in the segment. A pair of smaller turbochargers helps provide more immediate power on demand, with approximately 90 percent of peak torque available from 2,500rpm to 5,500 rpm. This gives the engine a broad torque curve drivers will feel as strong, willing power in almost all driving conditions, and helps the CTS sedan reach 60 mph in an estimated 4.6 seconds.

The 2014 Cadillac CTS is also available with a naturally aspirated 3.6L V-6 rated at an estimated 321 horsepower and also matched with the new paddle-shift eight-speed automatic in rear-wheel-drive models, or six-speed automatic with all-wheel drive; and a 2.0L turbocharged engine rated at an estimated 272 horsepower and paired with a six-speed automatic.

Cadillac’s new, paddle-shift eight-speed offers efficiency and performance advantages over a six-speed transmission, including 1.5-percent greater fuel economy. Excellent power-to-weight ratios and racetrack-honed suspension geometries, established with the development of the ATS, enabled engineers to advance CTS’s performance with greater feelings of feedback, control and response. The comparatively low curb weight helps make the most of the driving experience by allowing the use of lighter-weight chassis components, which reduces weight to enable more precise handling without compromising ride quality.

The CTS’s low mass and optimal brake sizes give it braking performance among the best in the segment, with standard Brembo brakes. A number of aluminum components are used with the suspension system, while the rear suspension is mostly steel. This helps offset the weight of the engine and transmission at the front of the vehicle, helping the CTS deliver its near-perfect weight balance and contributing to less noise and vibration. Suspension and driver control highlights include a multi-link MacPherson strut suspension with a double-pivot design, five-link independent rear suspension, available all-wheel-drive, and a premium electric, variable-assist power steering gear from ZF Steering Systems. An available Magnetic Ride Control real-time damping system and a choice of 17-, 18- and 19-inch aluminum wheels round out the driver control highlights.

The 2014 CTS sedan blends comfort, convenience and safety technologies with the interior’s hand- crafted appointments and flowing design. Active safety features provide alerts and intervene when necessary to help avoid crashes. At the core of the car’s intuitive technologies is CUE, Cadillac’s infotainment system that uses smartphone- and tablet-influenced controls and commands to access information and entertainment data. An eight-inch, high-resolution color touch screen with haptic feedback allows users to swipe and drag preferences. Bluetooth connectivity with natural voice recognition is standard with CUE, along with USB and SD card ports.

An available 12.3-inch high-resolution, configurable LCD instrument cluster display complements the CUE display and supports the active safety features. It offers drivers four layouts – from basic to performance-oriented – each delivering bold, crisp graphics tailored to the level of vehicle information desired. A full-color, configurable head-up display is also available.

The new 2014 CTS sedan is the first Cadillac to offer Automatic Parking Assist, which enables the car to park itself in parallel spaces, ideal for downtown Palm Springs. The CTS uses ultrasonic sensors to locate a suitable space and maneuver the car into the space, with the driver only required to engage reverse and apply the accelerator and brake pedals. Ultrasonic rear park assist is also standard. The 2014 Cadillac CTS is the definition of performance, elevated luxury, and sophisticated technology. Define your presence in Palm Springs with a vehicle as forward-thinking and successful as its owners.

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