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1407 2014 Cadillac Cts Vsport Four Seasons Introduction
four seasons long-term tests

2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport – Four Seasons Introduction

Andrew Trahan
2014 Cadillac CTS reviews to date
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.

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 Specs
  • Overview
  • powertrain
  • chassis
  • measurements
  • equipment
  • options
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
  • Packages & Options
  • Majestic plum metallic paint- $495
  • Alvin Kitt
    CUE system usability, engine/Trans reliability, real world fuel economy
    We love this car, and we want it too!
    Freddy Kyngofpop Burris
    Matt Simmons
    Can it fit: Cup of coffee, (bonus points for keeping it warm) Bottle of water, (bonus points for keeping it cool) Backpack full of laptops, 1 carry on roller board, A set of golf clubs, A wife, A bag of wife stuff, Two kids in rear facing car seats, A bag of kids stuff, and a place for pizza rolls convenient for the driver?
    Michael Anderson
    I know its a size down but id go m3
    Carla Iannuzzi Nicolato
    I wish I could buy you one :)
    Erik Summa
    CUE system reliability/usability, TT V6 performance after break-in, and inclement weather traction.
    Marc Hamady
    Over the Lexus, definitely. The Mercedes E550 would be tempting but only because it packs a twin-turbo V8
    Marc Hamady
    Actual 0-60 time. It would be nice if a detuned version of the twin-turbo V6 with 380 HP and 380 lbs-ft of torque replaced the naturally-aspirated V6.
    Chris Prather
    Why I can't have awd, a manual, and the twin turbo v6???
    Eric Klein
    Any chance for a stick? (I can hear you laughing from here.)
    Eugen Ev
    Robert Ghita
    The CUE, like most infotainment systems just takes getting use to. If you are not adapted to using an Android based smart phone, you may need longer. After driving the cars it competes with, S6, 550i, E550, GS350 F-Sport, the VSport is by far the most engaging and most fun to drive. I have taken this car on 3 lengthy test runs, along with several cars I mentioned above to see which one is the best, and the Cadillac VSport is easily the winner. 
    The updated CUE system with 4G LTE tech is fast and easy to use, at least for me. I can't indicate reliability, because I haven't had one to put major miles on so I can't make that statement. 
    My family has had Acura's, Infiniti's, and my current 2011 CTS. I have 75K miles, and have only performed scheduled maintenance, and of course put on one set of new tires and brakes since purchase.  

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