2014 Cadillac CTS Preview

Jeff Youngs | Apr 01, 2013
  • Larger than previous model to compete in midsize luxury sedan class
  • Longer, roomier, and lighter than previous model
  • Standard, Luxury, Premium, Performance, and Vsport trim levels
  • Three engine choices; optional all-wheel drive
  • Signature vertical LED running lights and taillights
  • Eight different interior color and trim combinations
  • Standard Cadillac User Experience (CUE) control panel
  • Optional semi-aniline leather, 20-way power front seats
  • Optional configurable gauge cluster and head-up display
  • Optional automatic parking system
  • Optional adaptive cruise control with full-speed-range operation
  • Long list of optional safety technologies


The redesigned 2014 Cadillac CTS officially moves up a class, growing in size and sophistication to compete against midsize luxury sport sedans such as the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Infiniti M, Lexus GS, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. A wide range of powertrain choices, trim levels, and equipment is offered--a common practice among competitors of the new 2014 CTS.

Exterior Features

Based on a stretched version of the same platform used by the smaller Cadillac ATS, the new 2014 Cadillac CTS is 4.2 inches longer and is equipped with a 1.2-inch longer wheelbase than the outgoing model. The new CTS is also lighter by 244 pounds, and Cadillac promises that it will be the lightest car in its class at 3,616 pounds in base format.

Cadillac says the redesigned CTS reflects an evolution of the Art & Science design idiom that has come to define Cadillac in the decade since the original CTS debuted. Vertical LED lighting elements provide a signature visual cue tying the modern CTS to Cadillacs of the past. Customers can choose between 17-inch or 18-inch aluminum wheels.

Interior Features

Though the 2014 CTS is equipped with a larger interior in most dimensions, rear-seat leg room shrinks this year, from 36.1 inches to 35.4 inches. The trunk is basically the same size as last year, increasing to 13.7 cubic feet from 13.6 cubic feet.

Cadillac offers the new CTS with a choice among what the manufacturer describes as eight different interior "environments," mixing and matching leatherette, leather, and premium leather with real wood, aluminum, and carbon fiber trim. The CUE touch-sensitive control panel includes an 8-inch high-resolution display screen that is designed to work like a tablet computer, allowing the front-seat occupants to swipe, pinch, spread, and rearrange information. The piano black audio and climate control panel employs haptic feedback buttons to confirm receipt of commands.

Optional Features

In addition to upgrades such as semi-aniline leather, 20-way power-adjustable front seats with heating and ventilation, and a Bose Centerpoint premium audio system, the 2014 Cadillac CTS is offered with numerous safety and technology options. Among them are a configurable 12.3-inch instrument cluster display, configurable color head-up display, and an adaptive remote start system.

Under the Hood

Three different engines are available for the new 2014 Cadillac CTS. The standard engine is a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder rated to produce 272 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 295 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,700 rpm and 5,500 rpm. A 6-speed automatic transmission equipped with paddle shifters is standard, driving the vehicle's rear wheels. An all-wheel-drive (AWD) system is optional. Cadillac expects this engine to return up to 30 mpg on the highway (28 mpg for AWD models).

A 3.6-liter V-6 engine is optional, providing 321 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 275 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm. The V-6 is paired with a new 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters for rear-drive CTS models. Choose the optional AWD system and the vehicle is equipped with a 6-speed automatic. Fuel-economy projections are 19 mpg city/28 mpg highway (18/28 for AWD models).

The 2014 CTS Vsport is exclusively offered with a new, twin-turbocharged, 3.6-liter V-6 engine generating 420 horsepower at 5,750 rpm and 430 lb.-ft. of torque between 3,500 rpm and 4,500 rpm. An 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters puts the power to the pavement through the CTS Vsport's rear wheels, and Cadillac claims this model accelerates to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds while returning up to 25 mpg on the highway.

All 2014 CTS models have variable-assist electric steering and 4-wheel vented disc brakes. A Magnetic Ride Control suspension with real-time damping is optional on all versions of the new CTS.

The new CTS Vsport is engineered to deliver world-class performance, according to Cadillac, and is equipped with Magnetic Ride Control as standard equipment. Additional mechanical upgrades include faster steering calibration, performance brake components, heavy-duty engine cooling system, and an electronic limited-slip rear differential. The CTS Vsport rides on staggered-width 18-inch aluminum wheels equipped with Pirelli summer performance tires, and a special Track driving mode recalibrates the steering and suspension for optimum performance, the automaker says.


Cadillac installs 10 air bags and OnStar telematics with one year of free Automatic Collision Notification service into every 2014 CTS. Rear park-assist sensors are also standard.

Safety-related options include a reversing camera with rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive headlights that help the driver to see around dark curves. The new CTS is also offered with Panic Brake Assist, side blind-zone alert, lane-departure warning, forward-collision warning with Automatic Collision Preparation, and a front and rear automatic braking system. Many of these technologies provide driver alerts through a Safety Alert Seat option that vibrates in order to bring potentially dangerous situations to the driver's attention.

Because the 2014 CTS will be sold all around the world, an Active Pedestrian Protection system is also offered in regions where it is required by law.


Cadillac offers an adaptive cruise control system with full-speed-range capability for its redesigned 2014 CTS. A new automatic parking system is also available, steering the car into a parallel parking space while the driver operates the transmission, brake pedal, and accelerator.
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