2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport Sedan (3.6L V6 Twin-turbo 8-speed Automatic)
Driven On 10/24/2013
This is one of GM's best-ever sedans. It oozes competence, doing nearly everything to a high standard. It delivers sports-car capability yet it's supple, balanced and refined. Primary weak areas are the Cue infotainment system and a louder exhaust note than luxury buyers may be accustomed to.
PerformanceA truly balanced performer with potent thrust, a willing and capable chassis and seriously strong brakes. Even more important, these facets are integrated with unusual cohesiveness.
The turbo V6 provides lots of thrust (420 hp) with no waiting. Plenty of torque at low revs and always smooth. Quick gearchanges from the 8-sp automatic keep it in the heart of its power delivery.
Easy to modulate, consistent stops, solid feel at the pedal. We recorded very short panic stops thanks to sticky summer tires, needing just 108 feet from 60 mph.
Quick, precise and builds effort well. In normal driving the sensation is a bit on the light side, but overall a natural feel from this car's electric-assist rack.
Agile, whether in routine around-town maneuvers or during spirited driving. Feels light, capable and sharp. Excellent balance and manners. Loads of ultimate capability, too.
A sport sedan that doesn't punish you. Extremely responsive and capable powertrain. Precise, refined driving experience makes it a pleasure to pilot in any circumstance.
ComfortThe Vsport' s enthusiast-oriented capability comes with a supple ride and a plush cabin. Even moderate acceleration is accompanied by a noticeable exhaust note, which could be a problem for some. At idle or highway cruising, the cabin is well-muted.
The seats are accomodating to many driver sizes and strike a good balance between lateral support and comfort. The lower thigh cushion is on the short side, however.
The driver will appreciate the car's predictable and confident road manners, though even in comfort mode this is tuned for a racetrack, not broken pavement. Those sensitive to a stiff ride should look away from the V-Sport.
Good isolation from road and wind noise. The exhaust note is prominent. Perhaps too prominent, at times, for the class of vehicle. We enjoyed the sporty sounds.
InteriorWell-appointed cabin has ample space up front and is easy to live with, save for its finicky Cue infotainment system. Backseat space is adequate, but not huge. Lots of cargo volume, however.
Cadillac's Cue infotainment system mars an otherwise excellent cabin. Its touch-sensitive center stack frustrates, requiring too much eye aversion, and can be nonresponsive at times.
Low step-in height and modestly-bolstered seats facilitate easy entrances. Doors swing open with ease.
Airy cabin and contoured dashboard provide a usefully large space up front. Backseat volume isn't a strong suit.
Expansive view through the windshield, but the rising beltline and relatively high trunk minimize the view over your shoulder and out the rear window. Small side mirrors.
Large, deep trunk with a wide opening. Swallows a good amount of gear within the 13.7 cubic-feet.
ValueThe CTS Vsport delivers in just about every way, but with a starting price of $59,995 (including $925 destination), cost will be a prohibitive factor for some. Still, considering the performance, we think it provides a good value.
Build Quality (vs. $)
No issues to speak of, and perceived build quality (gaps and color matches) is on par with others in this segment.
The standard Vsport comes extremely well-equipped. Additional luxury-oriented features are optional in the pricey Premium package. Enthusiasts will be relieved to know that a sunroof is optional.
The CTS Vsport is priced comparably to its German competition, yet it doesn't give up anything to them. It's not cheap, but we feel it's fairly priced considering what you're getting.
Even with all the performance going on here, the Vsport's fuel economy is respectable at an EPA-rated 18 mpg Combined (16 City/24 Highway).
The CTS Vsport's basic warranty coverage is 4 years/50,000 miles, while the drivetain is covered for 6 years/70,000 miles.
This car is too new to have ownership costs, but we expect them to be on par with its competitors. It comes with roadside assistance for 6 years/70,000 miles.
Fun To DriveThough it weighs nearly 4,000 pounds, the CTS Vsport is genuinely fun and engaging. Even at this weight it manages to be lighter than its German rivals. The chassis is willing and communicative, the turbo power is potent.
There's an uncommon level of tactility here compared to other GM cars. It's sharp yet maintains composure. It's refined and integrated in a way that a CTS has never been before.
This CTS is a do-all sport sedan that never punishes you. It compliments and engages, yet provides the luxury you seek. It's out-German-ing the Germans.