Sharp, modern, sporty, and an all-rounded performance are just but a few adjectives that best describe what the 2018 Cadillac CTS Sedan is all about. It returns again as a fine choice among midsize sport-luxury sedans, with the only difference being this time it offers even much more features than before.
Quite frankly, given the performance standards and luxury cachet benchmarked by Japanese and European models, it’s not as easy to become an overnight standout in this class. Nonetheless, with a lineup of powerful yet efficient engines providing the power beneath the hood, an interior that pours passion on every surface, a boatload of driver-enhancing technologies, and a healthy obsession for driver and passenger safety, the newest 2018 Cadillac CTS Sedan has all it needs to compete against the world’s best.
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Regardless of the trim level one ends up with, the CTS Sedan guarantees exemplary handling that very few of its competitors can compare to. The exterior styling is outrageously modern. The chiseled lines are sure to attract attention in any neighborhood. The feature’s list is extravagant even for the base model. For example, there’s an adaptive suspension, a panoramic sunroof, a self-parking system, and a sophisticated smartphone and multimedia integration.
Under the hood, the new 2018 CTS Sedan is available with a potent 268 horsepower – 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that the EPA says returns an estimated 30 mpg on the highway. And if for any reason you don’t find the thrill of power and torque interesting, there’s the even more powerful version – a 3.6L V6 engine capable of churning out 335 horsepower.
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2018 Cadillac CTS Sedan Interior Facelifts & Redesigns
As expected, the new CTS Sedan interior is brought to life through soothing ambiance, exceptional comforts, and exotic materials. Every surface receives unmatched attention, where passion seems to have been the overriding factor during the design stages.
Buyers will have up to seven unique interior themes to choose from. Some of the striking materials available include Kona Brown Semi-Aniline leather and natural Elm Wood. For added comfort, the new CTS Sedan returns with 20-way adjustable front seats available with manual thigh support and power-adjustability.
For what it calls ‘simple pleasures’, there’s a concealing leather-wrapped cover that automatically reveals the front cup holders whenever it is tapped.
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In overall, the CTS Sedan 2018 interior is undoubtedly sophisticated and luxurious. The technology integration, materials quality, and craftsmanship is simply high level. Additionally, the occupant head- and legroom is copious.
For infotainment purposes, it comes with an upgraded version of the Cadillac User Experience. According to Cadillac, the experience offered by the system is as responsive as the vehicle. It displays important info about navigation, music, contacts, and traffic in real time. The upgraded version, the brand says, is now available with Collection – a feature that allows users download new apps. The system also features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Besides those aforementioned, other cool features available include built-in Wi-Fi hotspot and Onstar 4G LTE, Bose premium sound system, wireless phone charging, and a HD rearview camera.
Every ounce of the 2018 CTS Sedan embodies a lean design language. It is aerodynamic and dramatic. Up front, the signature LED lighting accentuate the vehicle’s illuminating innovation. They are adaptive and available in high intensity. Speaking of adaptive, Cadillac says they’ll automatically turn depending on the driver’s speed and steering input.
Around back, the integrated rear spoiler boasts a smart finish that Cadillac says features a 48-LEDs brake lamp, and has been designed to maximize on downforce and manage airflow.
Exterior Cadillac CTS colors include: Black Raven, Radiant Silver Metallic, Crystal White Tricoat, Red Obsession Tintcoat, Stellar Black Metallic, Silver Moonlight Metallic, Satin Steel Metallic, Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic, and Phantom Gray Metallic.
Engine Performance & Specs - 2018 Cadillac CTS Sedan
Those who expected changes beneath the hood will have their spirits dampened a tad bit, but ‘dampen’ in this case may be subjective considering what users still get regardless of lacking any major upgrades.
The base engine is a familiar 2.0L turbocharged engine that cranks 268 horsepower and 295 lbs. ft. of torque for its users. It further pairs with a RWD and an eight-speed automatic transmission system. The AWD can be had for an extra.
Luckily for those who love the thought of rushing adrenaline in their blood vessels there’s the optional upgrade to a 335 horsepower – rated 3.6L V6 engine. Here, a choice of RWD or AWD is offered. An eight-speed remains the only transmission option.
Finally, the most powerful among them is the top-of-the-range Cadillac CTS V-Sport that gets a turbocharged V6. Paired to the same eight-speed transmission, the turbocharged V6 should be able to send a whopping 420 horsepower and 430 pounds-feet of torque to the Rear axle.
Since the powertrain lineup is unchanged, we could very well state the EPA ratings as per what the existing model returns. Users of the four-cylinder should expect 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway in RWD configuration while those with an AWD should expect 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
The regular V6 on the other hand returns a respected fuel economy rating of 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highways in RWD state and 19/27 mpg in AWD configuration. Lastly, the top-of-the-range CTS Sedan V-Sport returns 16/24 mpg.
The V-Sport should continue accelerating from 0-60 mph in just 4.9 seconds.
How Safe Is the CTS Sedan 2019
As already mentioned, the new model showcased the level of obsession Cadillac has for its driver and passengers. Available cameras, radar systems, and ultrasonic sensors help keep a watchful eye, while an ultra-high-strength steel enclosure and ten airbags on the front and rear makes occupants confident on the road.
Surround Vision. This driving aid makes it possible for the driver to have a bird’s view of the vehicle’s surrounding. It helps increase awareness during tight spots maneuvering and is projected on the Cadillac user experience screen.
Head-up Display. This helps the driver keep informed in terms of navigation, speed, and tachometer, thereby allowing the driver stay focused on what lies ahead.
Forward Collision Alert. This notifies the driver of any imminent collision by continuously monitoring on what lies ahead.
Lane-Keep Assist. This one helps the driver avoid potential collisions by reigning in on unintentional lane departures. Again, it may also warn the driver if the lane marking is crossed. It however doesn’t engage when the steering is actively engaged.
2018 CTS Sedan Price & Release Date
According to Cadillac, the following is the pricing info to expect – Base CTS - $47,290, CTS Luxury - $52,990, CTS Premium Luxury - $60,490, CTS V-Sport - $61,990, and CTS V-Sport Premium Luxury - $72,090.
The CTS Sedan release date should be expected sometime in early 2018. But even as we look forward to getting our hands on the new model, we must admit that the midrange sport-luxury sedan segment is packed with well-known stars including the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, and the Lexus GS 350, and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
But for brevity, we’re only going to compare the newest Caddy to the BMW 5-Series and the Lexus GS-350. The GS-350 makes a compelling case when it comes to offering a fine mix of technology, luxury, and performance. But unlike most models, including the CTS, the GS 350 pays a lot of emphasis on performance and handling. The current model debuted four years ago and has only been available in one single trim model, though there’s the GS 450h Hybrid model that is reviewed on its own. Beneath the hood is a powerful 306 horsepower – producing 3.5L V6 engine hooked to a six-speed automatic. Considering all the features, pricing doesn’t come cheap and a barebones model will cost you an MSRP beginning from $54,169.
The 5 Series on the other hand gives the Caddy under review a run for its money. It has been and still is the benchmark setter in the premium sport sedan segment. Since being introduced 37 years ago for the U.S market, it has continued to offer a near-perfect blend of room, luxury, and performance. The current model offered for sale was redesigned only last year and continues to deepen its sporty, comfort, and performance roots. Beneath the hood of the base is a 2.0L four-cylinder giving a decent 248 horsepower. More power can be had by the turbocharged six-cylinder that generates a stonking 335 hp and 332 pounds feet of torque. Pricing for the 2018 model starts from an MSRP of $59,585.