2011 Cadillac CTS

Base RWD 4-Dr Sedan V6 man trans

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The Cadillac CTS coupe is a car for realists. Sure, it looks like a concept car that took a wrong turn leaving the convention center, but, in fact, it's an entirely logical and even conservative step in a brand renaissance that's changing course. After a decade in which Cadillac reached for the stars with sexy halo models and pie-in-the-sky concepts like the Sixteen, General Motors' luxury division is adjusting its ambitions to reflect new realities. So, whereas Cadillac's last two-door car, the now-defunct, Corvette-based XLR, was an ambitious, low-volume sports car with an oversize price, the CTS coupe is a natural progression of the brand's most successful model. Since it shares its sheetmetal from the cowl forward and almost all of its mechanical components with the CTS sedan and wagon, the coupe is an easy way for GM to target a segment currently dominated by BMW, Infiniti, and Audi.
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But the coupe almost never happened. Cadillac says that although it always planned a CTS sedan and wagon, it decided to produce a coupe only after designers mocked up a concept. Regardless of how true that is - it's hard to imagine that no one outside the design studio thought of doing a mid-size two-door when so many premium competitors have one - the coupe is positively gorgeous. Several cues, including the rakish roofline, slab-sided doors, and shaved door handles, reprise the Art and Science theme that Cadillac debuted way back in 1999 with the Evoq concept, but a new level of attention to detail keeps this car fresh. For instance, the CHMSL is mounted on the deck lid in such a way that it reduces lift at highway speeds, eliminating the need for a rear spoiler, and the high-flow mufflers vent through distinctive squarish tips integrated into the center of the rear fascia. (The CTS-V coupe, which will come out a few weeks after the V-6 model hits dealerships in June, gets larger, nonintegrated round outlets better suited to handle the V-8's extra heat.) In terms of pure looks, the CTS coupe should rocket to the head of the luxury pack, especially since competitors such as the Infiniti G37 coupe and the Audi A5 have already been out for a while. Potential buyers, at least the ones we encountered as we drove around upscale Scottsdale, seem to agree. It's pretty common to catch lots of stares when testing a radical-looking new car - less so to have those bystanders come up and try to find out exactly where and when they can purchase one.
Considering the excitement generated by the coupe's exterior, it's a bit of a letdown to find that the cabin carries over pretty much unchanged from the sedan and the wagon. Although the CTS interior was a breakthrough for GM when it debuted nearly three years ago and still has very few overt faults, the addition of a significant new body style halfway through a model cycle seemingly would have been the perfect time to introduce some updates. Instead, the only real change of note is the availability of the CTS-V's Recaro seats in any coupe or sedan. We'd personally stick with the standard seats, though, which are firm and very comfortable and offer excellent lumbar support. At least the lack of changes should ensure top-quality fit and finish. Even our nonsalable development mule was free of the issues one usually finds on early-build models.
The sedan's mechanicals, which were already updated slightly during development of the wagon, also carry over, although there are a few key tuning changes. The coupe's body is two inches wider in the back, which facilitates the use of wider rear tires. Engineers offset that change with a thicker rear antiroll bar, resulting in more overall grip without hurting the car's handling balance. The direct-injected 3.6-liter V-6 is unchanged from the sedan but is paired in rear-wheel-drive coupes with a numerically higher, 3.73:1 final-drive ratio and a standard limited-slip differential (the sedan's 3.0-liter base engine will not be offered here). Fuel economy ratings remain the same as the sedan's, with automatic-gearbox coupes earning EPA ratings of 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway and stick-shift cars rated at 16/25 mpg. No matter the transmission, the two-door can sprint to 60 mph in about six seconds, according to Cadillac. That's slightly quicker than the sedan, thanks to the gearing advantage and a nineteen-pound weight reduction, but still at least half a second slower than the G37 and the BMW 335i, which are both half a size smaller and significantly lighter than the CTS.
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And yet overall, the CTS coupe gives up nothing to its Japanese and German competitors simply because this time around, Cadillac has gone to finishing school. For instance, the deck lid opens wide and reveals a surprisingly deep trunk. From the driver's seat, there's the expected C-pillar blind spot, but otherwise the cabin feels far brighter and airier than those of the G37 and 3-series coupes. Most important, when it hits some curves, the Caddy coupe is every bit as sporty as its fighter-jet looks promise. The uprated FE3 suspension on our test car manages the coupe's 3931 pounds with supreme confidence, keeping body motions in check through quick switchbacks. All the extra time that engineers spent tuning the car pays off with exceptional balance, as the rear end slides around hairpins smartly and predictably despite its staggered Continental performance tires. This, just in case you were wondering, is where the CTS coupe would leave a V-6-powered Chevy Camaro for dead, despite the fact that the Chevy uses an identical powertrain and weighs about 150 pounds less. The precise ZF steering rack, unchanged from the sedan, is as communicative as that in any German car, although there's still a bit too much power assist.
The biggest surprise, though, would have to be the transmission. We were disappointed at first to find our test car equipped with a six-speed automatic instead of the standard six-speed manual, but by the time we reached the end of a particularly thrilling paved mountain road and turned around for another pass, we were glad to have it. In sport mode, the transmission's programming adjusts the shift pattern according to acceleration, braking, and lateral g-forces. Other cars do this, but few we've experienced do it so well. Indeed, the way the transmission slammed down a gear the moment before a hard right-hander and avoided an upshift through a long banked turn was enough to make us wonder why other sporty cars bother with the complexity of dual-clutch automatics. Strong, perfectly progressive brakes round out the package. Keep in mind, though, that very little of this capability is unique to the coupe. The sedan and even the much-heavier wagon will acquit themselves nearly as well if given a chance. In that sense, our spirited drive was less a revelation than it was a reminder that the CTS, regardless of body style, means business.
That's pretty much the effect Cadillac wants. "The coupe is relevant as a statement of confidence," says Bryan Nesbitt, Cadillac's new chief. "It's a visual manifest of everything that we want to achieve with the brand." With CTS sales slumping of late and the wagon adding only a few hundred units per month despite critical acclaim, this statement is no small gamble. Cadillac recently showed a preview of the replacement for the DTS and the STS, the XTS Platinum, and the company has confirmed that it is hard at work on a smaller rear-wheel-drive model to compete more directly with the BMW 3-series. But for now, and for the near future, the brand's prestige - and much of its volume - rests on the CTS's chiseled shoulders. The money spent on this coupe could very well have gone toward a thorough freshening, but Cadillac clearly thinks that this injection of style is a better investment. We do, too, but not just because we're seduced by the new coupe's sexy profile. Rather, the striking design finally gives the CTS the halo it needs to draw attention to what has long been a very satisfying car.
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The Specs
On sale: June
Price: $40,000 (est.)
Engine: 3.6L V-6, 304 hp, 273 lb-ft
Drive: Rear- or 4-wheel
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Goodbye, XLR & STS
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Cadillac’s big product push a decade ago cost GM a pretty penny and earned lots of press, but in many respects, it failed to stick. The 5-series-fighting STS and the XLR hardtop convertible never really hit their stride and are going away without redesigns. Ambitious halo models like the Sixteen and Cien never got beyond concept-car stage. With that in mind -- along with the limited nature of GM’s resources – it’s easy to understand why this time around, Cadillac is looking to work smarter, not harder.
Hello, CTS coupe
Meet the CTS coupe. Sure, it looks like a concept car that took a wrong turn leaving the convention center, but in fact, it’s an entirely logical and even conservative progression based on Cadillac’s most successful vehicle, the CTS. Starting at about $40,000, it will cost less than half as much as an XLR and offer two more seats, though there’s no way to open the roof (and never will be, as the platform was never designed for a drop top). It’s also much cheaper for GM, as it shares its sheet metal from the cowl forward and almost all its mechanical components with the CTS sedan and wagon, and it will be built at the same plant in Lansing, Mich. What’s most important to us though, is that unlike some of the brand’s promising, but ultimately unpolished earlier efforts, the CTS coupe feels and drives like a car that’s been to finishing school.
The best-looking member of the family
Cadillac says that although it always planned a CTS sedan and wagon, it only decided to do a coupe when designers mocked up a concept. Regardless of how true this is – it’s hard to imagine no one outside the design studio thought of doing a mid-size two-door when so many premium competitors have one -- it’s safe to say the coupe is positively gorgeous. Pictures simply don’t do it justice, which is saying quite a bit. The rakish roofline and slab-sided doors are the natural extension of the CTS’s aggressive styling. Out back, high-flow mufflers vent through squareish tips integrated into the rear fascia. (The CTS-V coupe, which will come out a few months after the V-6 model hits dealerships in June 2010, gets non-integrated round outlets, that are better suited to handle the V-8’s extra heat. A few cues from the XLR, namely the shaved door handles and the central mounting of the exhaust, are reprised here. In terms of pure looks, the CTS coupe should rocket to the head of the luxury pack, especially since competitors like the Infiniti G37 and the Audi A5 have already been out for a while. Potential buyers, at least the ones we encountered as we drove around upscale Scottsdale, Arizona, seem to agree. It’s pretty common to catch lots of stares when testing a dynamic looking new car, less so to have those bystanders come up and try to find out exactly where and when they can purchase one.
Carryover interior is a letdown
Considering the excitement generated by the car’s exterior, it’s a bit of a letdown to find the cabin pretty much carries over unchanged from the sedan and wagon. Though the CTS interior was a breakthrough for General Motors when it debuted nearly three years ago and still has very few overt faults, the addition of a significant new body style halfway through a model cycle would seemingly have been the perfect time to introduce some updates. Instead, the only real change of note is the availability of Recaro seats from the CTS-V in any coupe or sedan. We’d personally stick with the standard seats, which are firm and very comfortable, with excellent lumbar support. At least the lack of changes should ensure top-quality fit and finish. Even our non-salable development mule was free of the issues one usually finds on early-build models.
Bigger rear tires & anti-roll bar; higher final-drive
The coupe also largely carries over the sedan’s mechanicals, although there are a few key tuning changes. “The coupe turns it up one notch from where we are with the sedan,” said vehicle performance manager Richard Kewley. The coupe’s body is two inches wider in the back, which allowed engineers to go with wider rear tires. They offset that change with a thicker rear anti-roll bar to provide more overall grip without hurting the car’s balance. The direct-injected 3.6-liter V-6 is unchanged from the sedan but is paired with a numerically higher, 3.73:1 final-drive ratio (the base 3.0-liter engine will not be offered) and a standard limited-slip differential. According to Kewley, when the CTS coupe is equipped with a manual transmission, it should be able to accomplish the 0-to-60-mph sprint in about six seconds. That’s slightly faster than the sedan but still at least a half second slower than the likes of the Infiniti G37 and BMW 335i coupes, which are both a half size smaller and significantly lighter than the CTS. Again, this might have seemed a good time and place to introduce a slightly more potent model, as Infiniti did when it introduced the G37 coupe and as BMW is now doing with the 335is, but Cadillac doesn’t see a need for a model between the regular car and the V.
Leaving the Camaro V-6 in the dust
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We know what you’re thinking at this point: the coupe is just another half-baked, pretty face from General Motors. Not true. Look closely, and you’ll see a whole lot of engineering going on here. For instance, the well-integrated CHMSL doubles as a rear spoiler, contributing to the coupe’s higher downforce. The deck lid under it opens wide and reveals a surprisingly deep trunk. From the driver’s seat, there’s the expected C-pillar blind spot, but otherwise the cabin feels far brighter and airier than both the G37 and 3-series coupes.
Most important, the coupe is every bit as sporty as the fighter-jet looks promise when it hits some curves. The FE3 suspension on our tester manages the car’s considerable weight with supreme competence, keeping body motions in check through quick switchbacks. The extra time spent on tuning pays off with exceptional balance, as the rear end slides around hairpins smartly and predictably despite its staggered tires. This, just in case you were wondering, is where the CTS coupe would leave a V-6 Camaro choking in its dust, despite the fact that it uses an identical powertrain and weighs about the same. The ZF steering rack, unchanged from the sedan, is extremely precise and is as communicative as that in any German car, though there’s still a bit too much power assist for our taste.
A brilliant six-speed automatic
The biggest surprise though, would have to be the transmission. We were disappointed at first to find our test car equipped with a six-speed automatic, but by the time we reached the end of the paved mountain road and turned around for another pass, we were glad to have it. In sport mode, the transmission’s programming adjusts the shift pattern according to acceleration, braking, and lateral g-forces. Lots of autos do this, but few we’ve experienced do it so well. Indeed, the way it slammed down a gear the moment before a hard right-hander and avoided an upshift through a long banked turn was enough to make us wonder why other sporty cars bother with the complexity of a dual-clutch unit. Strong, perfectly progressive brakes round out the package. Keep in mind, very little of this capability is unique to the coupe. The sedan and even the 200-pound-heavier wagon will acquit themselves nearly as well if given a chance. In that sense, our spirited drive was less a revelation than it was a reminder that the CTS, regardless of body style, means business.
The weight of a division on its shoulders
That’s pretty much the effect Cadillac wants. Though decision makers are still not sure how much volume the coupe will add, there’s hope that the addition of a flashy new variant will encourage more people to walk into the showroom and discover the car’s virtues. With CTS sales slumping as of late and the wagon only adding a couple hundred units a month despite critical acclaim, this is no small gamble. We just saw a preview of the replacement for the DTS and STS, and Kewley and his team are hard at work on a smaller rear-wheel-drive vehicle to compete more directly with the 3-series, but for now and looking into the near future, the brand’s prestige and much of its volume rests on the CTS’s chiseled shoulders. The money spent on this coupe could very well have gone toward a thorough freshening, but Cadillac clearly thinks this injection of style is a better investment. We think so, too. The stunning coupe finally gives the CTS the halo it needs to draw attention to what has long been a very worthwhile car and is now a very competitive lineup.
2011 Cadillac CTS
2011 Cadillac CTS
The Cadillac CTS comes in a sedan and wagon body style. This smaller addition to the Cadillac family offers a much more pronounced body style that is very impressive. The CTS is one of those vehicles that keeps getting better and better each and every year. This year brings some minor changes to the body. This really sharp looking sports sedan has the classic styling of a Cadillac, but it also has some very slim and sleek overtones that make it look very recent and stylish.

The CTS comes standard with a high performance Bose stereo system and starts around $35,000. This sedan has a lot of features that you would not expect to be included in a mid level sedan. The base model does not come with many of the impressive features but all other models have some new features like Bluetooth connectivity, heated seats, keyless entry and a navigation system. Cadillac is known for its amazing quality, comfort and of course style of all of which this model exudes. The engine options are limited to a 3.0 L V-6 or a 3.6 L V-6 in all CTS models.
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General Motors reported yet another month of success in September 2011, with monthly sales up 20 percent year-over-year to 207,145 vehicles. Once again, rapid sales of the Chevrolet Cruze compact helped pad GM’s sales release, in addition to increasing demand for its perennial bread-and-butter: pickup trucks. GM’s truck sales climbed 34.3 percent over September 2010.
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General Motors recorded an 18-percent year-over-year sales increase in August 2011, ending the month at 218,479 total sales. All of GM’s brands saw year-over-year volume increases. Once again, the Chevrolet Cruze led the charge with huge sales success. Sales of cars were up 18 percent year-over-year, sales of crossovers were up 17 percent, and truck sales rose 18 percent compared to August 2010.
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I just spent a night with a 2011 Cadillac CTS-V wagon, and I can’t help but feel a little grateful. Grateful that Cadillac not only saw fit to launch a five-door version of its latest CTS (along with such an awe-inspiring performance version), but also that the end product was a far cry from the company's first attempt at a CTS wagon.

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2011 Cadillac CTS Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
3.0L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
16 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
26 MPG
Horsepower:
270 hp @ 7000rpm
Torque:
223 ft lb of torque @ 5700rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
Vehicle
50,000 miles / 48 months
Powertrain
100,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 72 months
Roadside
100,000 miles / 60 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
AIR BAGS
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2011 Cadillac CTS vehicles manufactured October 18, 2010, to June 2, 2011. In the affected vehicles, vibrations from the drive shaft may cause the vehicle's roll over sensor to command the roof rail air bags to deploy.
Consequences
If the roof rail air bags deploy unexpectedly, there is an increased risk of crash and injury to the occupants.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear drive shaft assembly, free of charge. General Motors distributed an interim letter to owners on August 27, 2014. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 14233.
Potential Units Affected
16,932
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION
Summary
This defect can affect the safe operation of the airbag system. Until this recall is performed, customers should remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the ignition key. The key fob (if applicable), should also be removed from the key ring. General Motors LLC (GM) notified the agency on July 2, 2014 that they are recalling 554,328 model year 2003-2014 Cadillac CTS vehicles manufactured August 16, 2001, to April 28, 2014, and 2004-2006 Cadillac SRX vehicles manufactured March 20, 2003, to August 11, 2006. In these models, the weight on the key ring and/or road conditions or some other jarring event may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position, turning off the engine.
Consequences
If the key is not in the run position, the air bags may not deploy if the vehicle is involved in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will install two key rings and an insert in the key slot or a cover over the key head on all ignition keys, free of charge. The recall began on September 15, 2014. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 14172.
Potential Units Affected
554,328
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
POWER TRAIN:DRIVELINE:DRIVESHAFT
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2011 Cadillac CTS vehicles manufactured October 18, 2010, to June 2, 2011. In the affected vehicles, vibrations from the drive shaft may cause the vehicle's roll over sensor to command the roof rail air bags to deploy.
Consequences
If the roof rail air bags deploy unexpectedly, there is an increased risk of crash and injury to the occupants.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear drive shaft assembly, free of charge. General Motors distributed an interim letter to owners on August 27, 2014. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 14233.
Potential Units Affected
16,932
Notes
General Motors LLC


NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
IIHS Best Pick
N/R
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2011 Cadillac CTS

Depreciation
23.6%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$9,021
23.6%
Insurance
$6,835
17.9%
Fuel Cost
$12,544
32.8%
Financing
$2,106
5.5%
Maintenance
$4,476
11.7%
Repair Costs
$2,888
7.6%
State Fees
$377
1%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $38,247 What's This?
Value Rating: Above Average