I traded a BMW 3 series for the mid size CTS . I enjoyed my time in the BMW. The caddy handling is very close to the e90 handling and better than the handling of BMW F10 platform. I purchased the car on its merits fun to drive, superb performance, luxury and dealer support. The car has performed flawless for the first 13,000 miles. CUE has a learning curve but so did gen 2 idrive. The CTS is a goid value as noone is paying the sticker price.Forget the GM bashing this is a great car.
I traded a 2008 CTS with a 6 cylinder engine for a 2015 CTS with the 2.0 turbo. I liked the 2008 but the front seats were very uncomfortable. The new one with the turbo I don't like. It is noisy and jerks a lot when the turbo comes in. Also the CUE system is horrible. It is not at all intuitive and takes a while to get used to. Next car will be a Hyundai Genesis.
I have not bought a US made auto in over 20 years and did not plan to do so now. Considered Audi, Infiniti, Acura; also Mazda and VW. None could touch this car for sheer value for the money, features, comfort. But, Big surprise, it rides and handles as well , I think better, than Volvos I've owned or Audi, Acura. Lots of comfort, much more style, Its a better car and I expect will be far less costly to won than the German makes especially. I also own a Corvette (been a vette owner for years) so I know what good handling, acceleration, braking should be like.
I love my base CTS. The 2.0L Turbo four and six speed is great. I am very happy I missed out on the 8-speed in the '16 up as well as the standard auto stop/start as I have had loaners I didn't love. Sad I had to go aftermarket for a backup camera in the base trim though that is now standard for '16 and newer. My biggest issue is the resale value. It is much like an Audi as the bottom fell out of the value right away and I haven't caught up with my payments yet. That said I'm not mad about this as I love the car and wouldn't replace it except for maybe an ATS-V with a standard transmission in a year or two.