2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport Full Test Specs | Edmunds

2014 Cadillac CTS - Road Test Specs

2014 Cadillac CTS Sedan

(3.6L V6 Twin-turbo 8-speed Automatic)


Model year2014
StyleVsport 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
Base MSRP$59,995


Drive typeRear-wheel drive
Engine typeTwin-turbocharged, direct-injected V6, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,564/217
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.2
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)420 @ 5,750
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)430 @ 3,500
Fuel typePremium unleaded (required)
Transmission typeEight-speed automatic with console shifter and steering-mounted paddles with Sport/Competition modes
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)1st - 4.60, 2nd - 2.72, 3rd - 1.86, 4th - 1.46, 5th - 1.23, 6th - 1.00, 7th - 0.82, 8th - 0.69, FD - 2.85


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts with dual lower ball joints, coil springs, driver-adjustable multimode magnetorheological dampers, lower control arms, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, driver-adjustable multimode magnetorheological dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.4
Tire brandPirelli
Tire modelP Zero Nero
Tire typeSummer, high-performance, run-flat (32 psi cold front; 36 psi cold rear)
Tire size, frontP245/40R18 93Y
Tire size, rearP275/35R18 95Y
Wheel size18-by-8.5 inches front -- 18-by-9.5 inches rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front13.6-inch one-piece ventilated steel discs with four-piston fixed calipers
Brakes, rear12.4-inch one-piece ventilated steel discs with two-piston fixed calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.1
0-45 mph (sec.)3.4
0-60 mph (sec.)5.1
0-75 mph (sec.)7.2
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)13.3 @ 106.3
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)4.8
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)26
60-0 mph (ft.)103
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)69.8
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.95
Sound level @ idle (dB)45.6
@ Full throttle (dB)84.4
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)63.3

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsWhacking the throttle to the floor in default Tour/Drive mode, the car pauses a moment before leaving. Upshifts are smooth, but not particularly fast. Climbing the ladder of modes (Tour/Sport/Track) hastens shifting dramatically. The best run was in Sport/Drive with only a hint of wheelspin. I tried more wheelspin, less wheelspin, and the times only grew longer in either case. I'm at a loss to explain why we were about a half-second behind GM's 0-60 estimate because there's essentially no driver skill involved once under way.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsImmediate reaction from the pedal, near-zero dive and straight. Rapid and silent ABS cycles are unobtrusive. Extremely powerful and confident brakes that also resist heat well, as shown by the six stops separated by just 2 feet.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling comments"Slalom: The CTS Vsport is one of those cars that is deceptively capable in the slalom because it goes through the cones with little drama and doesn't overtax the driver. Steering is crisp and friction-free, but supplies just enough info about the front tires. Once I realized the leniency of the ESC, I could even lift to snub understeer, induce oversteer, then get back on the throttle and do it all over again for the next cone -- predictably and precisely. It felt like I had days between cones because the grip gives up so progressively.

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)17/25
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)19.0

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,950
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,971
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)51.8/48.2
Length (in.)195.5
Width (in.)72.2
Height (in.)57.2
Wheelbase (in.)114.6
Track, front (in.)61.4
Track, rear (in.)61.7
Turning circle (ft.)36.7
Legroom, front (in.)42.6
Legroom, rear (in.)35.4
Headroom, front (in.)39.2
Headroom, rear (in.)37.5
Shoulder room, front (in.)56.9
Shoulder room, rear (in.)54.8
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)13.7


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain6 years/70,000 miles
Corrosion4 years/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance6 years/70,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenance4 years/50,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsDual front
Head airbagsFront and rear
Knee airbagsDual front
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlTraction control
Stability controlStability control
Rollover protectionSide curtain airbag, rollover sensor
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemBlind-spot and lane departure warnings
IIHS offsetNot Tested

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