- Sedan is completely redesigned for 2014; coupe and wagon versions are unchanged
- New sedan is larger than the car it replaces to compete with the BMW 5-Series and Audi A6
- Rear-wheel drive standard (all-wheel drive is also available)
For 2014, Cadillac gives its CTS sport sedan a complete redesign that sees it grow in size so it can compete in the midsize luxury segment alongside cars like the BMW 5-Series and Audi A6. (The coupe and wagon versions carryover from 2013, no word yet on whether or not they will be updated.)
Although the CTS has stretched dimensions compared to the outgoing car, it’s actually lighter thanks to the extensive use of aluminum in the door structures and suspension. These changes also give the new 2014 CTS 50/50 weight distribution, which means improved balance and better handling. Brembo brakes come standard, with GM’s magnetic ride control suspension optional. The CTS might be bigger, but the goal was to make sure it drove as good or better than the smaller version and these upgrades ensure that’s the case.
Outside, the 2014 CTS grows up. The styling is still very much in sync with Cadillac’s “art and science” theme, and up front a shorter, wider front grille that flows into the headlights gives the whole car a smoother, sleeker appearance. Cadillac is one of the only carmakers to use vertical LED running lights, a visual quirk that we really like. Some models also add active grille shutters, which shut at highway speeds to improve aerodynamics and increase fuel economy. 17-, 18-, and 19-inch aluminum wheels are available.
The CTS sedan also sports several brand new engine options. The base engine is a 272-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, followed by a 321-hp, naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V-6. The turbo four-cylinder is the same engine found in the ATS sedan and returns fuel economy up to 30 mpg highway. Rounding out the engine options is a twin-turbocharged version of the V-6 (Cadillac’s first ever) which pours out a robust 420-hp and 430 pounds-feet of torque. The new engine debuts in the new Vsport trim, which fills the gap between the more tame base versions and the outlandish CTS-V which we presume is forthcoming in 2015. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard in the turbo-four and on all-wheel drive models with the V-6. All other trims get the new eight-speed automatic.
Inside, the CTS’s added length and stretched out wheelbase mean even more interior volume, a welcome addition especially for rear passengers. Cadillac’s CUE system is now standard across all trim levels, with touch capacitive buttons replacing physical controls on the center console. Also standard are HD/Satellite radio, remote start, Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone automatic climate control, powered front seats, and three USB ports for charging devices. Heated/ventilated front seats, a navigation system, and head-up display are also available through various packages.
The 2014 CTS also excelled on crash tests, earning a full five-star overall rating from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS. One year of OnStar roadside assistance comes with the purchase of any new CTS model. 10 airbags are standard. The CTS also offers a full range of available safety technologies, including adaptive cruise control, forward and rear automatic braking, blind spot detection, rearview camera, vibrating Safety Alert Seat, rear cross traffic alerts, and an automatic parking system for parallel parking.