2012 Cadillac CTS Premium Collection

Matt Tierney

2012 Cadillac CTS Premium Collection

MSRP (with destination): $49,165
PRICE AS TESTED: $55,060

ENGINE:
3.6-liter V-6
Horsepower: 318 hp @ 6800 rpm
Torque: 275 lb-ft @ 4900 rpm

TRANSMISSION:
6-speed automatic

DRIVE:
Rear-wheel

WHEELS AND TIRES:
19-inch aluminum wheels
245/45YR-19 Continental ContiSportContact 3 tires

FUEL ECONOMY (city/highway/combined):
18/27/21 mpg

CURB WEIGHT:
3851 lb

CAPACITIES:
Doors/Passengers: 4/5
Cargo: 13.6 cu ft
Legroom (front/rear): 42.4/36.1 in
Headroom (front/rear): 38.8/37.2 in
Towing: N/A

EXTERIOR/INTERIOR COLOR:
Black diamond tricoat/ebony

STANDARD FEATURES:
Stability and traction control
18-inch aluminum wheels
Tire pressure monitoring system
Heated and vented front seats
Split-folding rear seats
Navigation system
Bose surround sound system
40GB hard drive
Satellite radio
Bluetooth
Heated steering wheel
Dual zone climate control
Power tilt-and-telescopic steering column
Rain-sensing windshield wipers
Heated outside mirrors
LED ambient interior lighting
Adaptive headlights
Fog lights
Keyless entry and ignition
Rear parking assist
Automatic cabin odor filter
Sunroof
Cargo net

OPTIONS ON THIS VEHICLE:
CTS Touring package- $2810
Sport finish grille
Chrome door handles
Midnight sapele wood trim
Recaro leather seats w/suede inserts
Sueded steering wheel and shifter
Metal pedals
Split-folding rear seat delete
19-inch summer tire performance package- $2090
19-inch aluminum wheels w/summer tires
Manual shift control
Performance cooling system
Performance disc brakes
Limited slip differential
Performance suspension KEY OPTIONS NOT ON THIS VEHICLE:
Rear seat DVD system- $1935

ADDITIONAL SPECS:
The CTS has a 3.6L V-6 that is both 20.5 lb lighter and more powerful than its predecessor. It now has 318 horsepower.

COMPARE TO:
Audi A4, BMW 3-series, Infiniti G37, Mercedes-Benz E-class

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syj1
535i with LDW, heated f/r seats, BLIS, 4 zone auto clmate control, sport package, premium sound, nav, etc. is over $70k. About $16k more than this car. You cant get a German midsizer with anywhere near the level of equipment found on this CTS for under 60 grand. Newer models have more stuff, but they also cost a heck of a lot more. I think I could sacrifice the latest electronic nannies to save $15k.
syj1
For comparison, an E350 with roughly the same equipment as this CTS (no heated rears avail on E class) is about $63k. Add the safety gizmos Tingwall wants is about $67k. So looks like the Cadillac isnt all that overpriced. BTW, all point choices except 2 on the E class are extra cost- $720. White diamond paint is $1515.
syj1
They are half right, the car doesnt have heated rear seats but it DOES have heated steering wheel. Not sure how an editor doesn't check the equipment on the car before allowing a complaint about no heated steering wheel. Of course no one is going to note that other cars in this price range that have been around for a while (Xf, E class) dont have some of the features being mentioned. Also, not mentioned is that for $55k you can forget about getting an A6 or 535i with BLIS, radar cruise, heated rear seats, etc. More like $70k which places loaded versions of those cars WELL above the CTS. Ironic that one writer balks at the $55k MSRP when spending that kind of money will you a modestly equipped German sedan of similar size. Even the dated E350 costs more than the CTS when comparably equipped. Any car that is entering its 5th year isnt going to have hte latest gizmos, its true for Lexus, MB, BMW just as it is for Cadillac.
mjmanning01
Would hope the copy editor looks a bit more closely at the product before he submits comments. He says heated seats and steering wheel were not available but the very next page lists them as standard equipment. Oversight or just needed something to downgrade?

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