Buying Guide

2011 Cadillac CTS

Fair Market Price $11,701 3.6 AWD Sedan
Motor Trend Rating


16 City / 26 Hwy

Horse Power:

270 @ 7000


223 @ 5700

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.

Bodystyles: Sedan, Wagon
Engines: 3.0L V-6, 3.6L V-6, 6.2L V-8
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Models: Base, Luxury, Performance, Premium, CTS-V

For 2011 the Cadillac CTS adds a new bodystyle to its repertoire, the CTS Coupe. Otherwise identical to the CTS Sport Sedan and Sport Wagon, the Coupe bodystyle gives the CTS a more aggressive appearance and another angle of attack on the German standard bearers. A heated steering wheel and rear vision camera are now standard on all models.

The second-generation 2011 Cadillac CTS stands toe-to-toe with Europe’s best-looking sedans. The Coupe model joins the sedan and wagon models and all models get a new 19-inch wheel design and new fender vents.

Like the exterior, the 2008 redesign stepped up the interior appointments of the CTS. In addition to premium materials, standard amenities on all but the lowest model include automatic climate control, heated power seats and a premium stereo.

GM is beginning to phase out the 270 horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6, which is just as well as it struggles with the CTS’ weight. The 304 horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 is the real ticket, offering a comfortable balance of performance and refinement. If beating on Mercedes-Benz AMGs and BMW Ms is your game, the high-performance, 556-horsepower CTS-V is ready to take on all comers and will be available for all body styles later this year.

Driver and passenger front and side airbags are standard on the CTS, along with front and rear head curtain bags and rear side airbags. OnStar Automatic Crash Response is also standard. Electronic safety devices include standard Traction Control and Stability Control.

V-6 RWD: 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway
V-6 AWD: 16 mpg city/26 mpg highway
CTS-V: 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway (manual); 12 mpg city/18 mpg highway (automatic)

  • Luxurious interior
  • Supple ride
  • Sporty handling
  • Pop-up nav screen
  • Great looks
  • Smallish back seat
  • Hard seats
  • Heavy for the class
  • Average fuel economy

Standard of the World? Almost


  • BMW 5 Series
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class
  • Jaguar XF
  • Audi A6
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