2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe – Car Pro Review

I had the 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe this week, and it is one sharp looking car.  I’ve liked the CTS since the major changes made a few years ago, but this was my first time to have the new coupe.

My press fleet model was from the Premium Collection and was Tuscan Bronze in color, sort of an earthy-brown shade that is much more striking than I just made it sound.  This CTS model has the 3.6 liter V6 that produces 304-horses and is combined with a 6-speed automatic transmission.  The CTS is fairly light so power is more than ample.  The standard CTS comes with a 3.0 liter V6.

I like the handling of this car very much, the sport suspension system makes a big difference in how the car corners and takes dips.    This particular package comes with 19” polished aluminum wheels, and they look awesome on this sleek coupe.

The interior is awesome with rich stitching on the all-leather heated and cooled seats, the wood trim is gorgeous, and the navigation system pops up out of the dash for easy viewing.  Just like the Corvette, the CTS coupe has electric buttons that replace conventional door handles.

The standard equipment list is HUGE, including moonroof, remote start, JID headlamps, Bose Surround Sound, rear backup camera, fog lamps, and Bluetooth for your phone.  This CTS also has steering wheel-mounted controls and shift buttons.

Entry in and out of a coupe is always a bit challenging, and I give kudos to GM for making this as tolerable as possible.  The CTS coupe has more backseat room than most 2-door cars, and a power button allows you to slide the two front seats forward for ease of entry and exit.

There was a killer however that would keep me from buying this car, and that’s the trunk.  It’s awful.  I could not get two regular sized pieces of luggage in the trunk and you forget a golf bag, it’s not happening.  There is no depth or height to the trunk and the trunk lid arms are massive and prevent the use of the trunk almost entirely.  This is a real shame for a beautiful car.

Just for pure driving pleasure, this car is terrific.  From a practical standpoint, it’s a real dud.

What I liked most:  Exterior looks, interior quality, driving dynamics.

What I would change if I could: Obviously, the trunk space is a real issue with this car.  In this day and age, something has to be done or this car fails.

MSRP as tested: $51,020

Fuel Economy: 18 in town, 27 on the highway.  It actually does slightly better.

CTS coupe in a few words: If you don’t need a trunk, it’s a great car!


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