Although competition is fierce among sport-oriented midsize luxury sedans, the 2017 Cadillac CTS separates itself from the competition with a host of standard and optional advanced technology, exceptional handling and a well-appointed, upscale cabin. And while the styling has been softened a bit through the years, the CTS still retains the angular, stealth-jet lines that have become a trademark of the brand.
Mildly refreshed for 2017, the new CTS sports revamped front and rear fascias, a new feature line that runs from headlights to taillights and a distinctive new grille. There are also some additional color choices and updated technology that includes the myCadillac mobile app, Teen Driver tracking and an optional rear camera mirror. Finally, there's the available Carbon Black sport appearance package with such features as black chrome exterior accents, special wheels and carbon-fiber interior trim.
Inside, the CTS strikes just the right balance of luxury and technology. The cabin features high-quality materials, comfy yet supportive 20-way adjustable seats, and all the comfort and convenience goodies buyers expect from a sedan in this class. The latest version of the Cadillac CUE infotainment system boasts an 8-inch touchscreen, voice control and a variety of in-vehicle apps, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
Like many of its competitors, the CTS comes with a standard four-cylinder powerplant, in this case a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produces 268 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. More zip is available in the form of a 3.6-liter V6 that puts out 335 hp and 285 lb-ft of torque, while the V-Sport's range-topping twin-turbo V6 is rated at an impressive 420 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque.
Fuel economy with the base two-wheel-drive four-cylinder engine is EPA rated at a combined 25 mpg (22 city/30 highway). The naturally aspirated V6 isn't too far off those numbers, but opting for the twin-turbo six drops the rating to a combined 18 mpg (16 city/24 highway).
The first two engines come mated to an eight-speed, paddle-shifted automatic transmission and can be ordered with standard rear-wheel or optional all-wheel drive. The V-Sport engine is matched to its own uniquely calibrated eight-speed, paddle-shifted automatic and is only available in rear-wheel drive.
On the road, the performance of the standard four-cylinder is competitive in its class, with a wide powerband that will satisfy the majority of drivers, although it lacks some of the smoothness of many of its rivals. The naturally aspirated V6 provides additional refinement, while the V-Sport turbo V6 makes enough power to keep even track-day enthusiasts happy. Relatively low curb weight — courtesy of high-tech materials — combined with well-tuned suspension geometry give the CTS sharp, yet supple handling.
For 2017 Cadillac has renamed its midsize lineup. There's now the standard CTS, followed by the Luxury and Premium Luxury trim levels with more equipment, the performance-minded V-Sport, and the top-of-the-line V-Sport Luxury. Whatever your preference, let Edmunds help you find just the right 2017 Cadillac CTS to meet your needs.
Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.