12 MONTH CAR REVIEWS: 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport – Four Seasons Introduction

July 15, 2014
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"The 2014 Cadillac CTS doesn’t just drive like the best European sports cars; it drives better."
For decades, it has been a dream among the true car enthusiasts working at General Motors to turn Cadillac into a viable competitor against the top-tier luxury brands from Europe. That dream long seemed delusional—silly even—and the division’s initial efforts were easy to dismiss.
As with any great undertaking, progress was slow but over time it began to build. Under Bob Lutz, the division engineered a lineup of rear-wheel-drive cars, because such coupes and sedans are the soul of the brand flagships from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. The 2003 Cadillac CTS signaled Cadillac’s seriousness, although it only nipped at the heels of its targets. The second-generation 2008 Cadillac CTS was better, and the goal to become a top-tier brand suddenly seemed not so crazy after all. Even so, when we drove this, the third-generation 2014 Cadillac CTS, many of us were astonished at how completely Cadillac had realized its long-held dream.
2014 Cadillac Cts Vsport Profile
2014 Cadillac Cts Vsport Motion Front
The 2014 Cadillac CTS doesn’t just drive like the best European sports sedans; it drives better. And after making it an Automobile Magazine All-Star, we knew we wanted to spend more time with this watershed in Cadillac’s development. So we chose a 2014 Cadillac CTS for a Four Seasons test.
The Vsport is clearly the 2014 Cadillac CTS version to get. It is not only the top-tier CTS but also it is the ultimate expression of the car’s mission. The 2014 Vsport comes two ways: standard and premium. The latter crests $70,000 (lofty sticker prices being another aspect of German luxury sedans that Cadillac seeks to emulate), so we exercised an uncharacteristic bit of restraint and went with the standard version, which is $10,000 cheaper. Do note that the standard Cadillac Vsport is very well equipped, as you can see from the long list of standard equipment below. We added only one option: metallic paint in majestic plum.
Is the new 2014 Cadillac CTS truly sports sedan royalty? Is the dream real? We have one full year to find out.
2014 Cadillac Cts Vsport Front Three Quarter 1
Body style 4-door sedan
Accommodation 5-passenger
Construction Steel unibody
Base price (with dest.) $59,995
As tested $60,490
Engine 24-valve DOHC V-6
Displacement 3.6 liters (217 cu in)
Power 420 hp @ 5750 rpm
Torque 430 lb-ft @ 3500-4500 rpm
Transmission 8-speed automatic
Drive Rear-wheel
EPA Fuel Economy 16/24/18 mpg (city/hwy/combined)
Steering Electrically assisted
Lock-to-lock 2.5 turns
Turning circle 36.7 ft
Suspension, Front Strut-type, coil springs
Suspension, Rear Multilink, coil springs
Brakes Vented discs
Wheels F/R 18 x 8.5/18 x 9.5 in
Tires Pirelli P Zero
Tire size 245/40R-18, 275/35R-18
Headroom F/R 39.2/37.5 in
Legroom F/R 42.6/35.4 in
Shoulder room F/R 56.9/54.8 in
Wheelbase 114.6 in
Track F/R 61.4/61.7 in
L x W x H 195.5 x 72.2 x 57.2 in
Passenger capacity 97 cu ft
Cargo capacity 13.7 cu ft
Weight 3952 lb
Weight dist. F/R 50%/50%
Fuel capacity 19 gal
Est. fuel range 361 miles
Fuel grade 91 octane (premium unleaded)
STANDARD EQUIPMENT Adaptive suspension dampers Performance suspension Electronically controlled limited slip differential 18-inch aluminum wheels w/performance tires Brembo front brakes Leather-trimmed seats 8-way power front seats Heated and ventilated front seats 60/40-split folding rear seats 5.7-inch CUE system Navigation Bose audio system SiriusXM satellite radio w/3-month trial subscription Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity Heated sport steering wheel Magnesium paddle shifters Automatic dual-zone climate control Auto-dimming rearview mirror and driver’s exterior mirror Automatic HID headlights Keyless entry and ignition Remote start Front and rear parking assist Automatic parking assist Blind spot monitoring system
OPTIONS FOR THIS VEHICLE: Majestic plum metallic paint- $495

Long-Term 2014 Cadillac CTS Reviews to Date:

2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport – Four Seasons Introduction
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  • It drives great and looks great, too.
  • CTS takes a break on the street.
  • Our new Cadillac fits in well in city traffic.
  • Well-appointed interior includes CUE infotainment system.
  • Powered leather front seats already prove comfortable.
  • Back seat roomy enough for two, occasionally three, passengers.

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