I almost passed on reviewing this new 2014 Cadillac CTS VSport sedan. I have already had the 2014 CTS with the regular 3.6-liter six cylinder. After much thought, I reasoned out that in years past, I have loved the regular CTS, and REALLY loved the 556-horse CTS-V, but found it to be really pricey. Could this package be the perfect middle? The answer is a resounding yes.
What GM did was take the tried and true 3.6-liter and added twin turbochargers. The result is an almost 100-horse improvement. The CTS VSport is rated at 420-horses and it will turn a 0-to-60 time of just 4.4 seconds. Quite impressive for a 3700-pound luxury sports sedan. This engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic that shifts smoothly and accelerates with determination.
This engine/transmission combo performs great with Cadillac’s Magnetic Ride Control, Brembo brakes, sport suspension and stability control. The CTS rides terrific in normal mode, make the switch to sport mode, and you take the fun factor up a notch. Switch to track mode and it really gets fun with more exhaust sound, and a tightening of the steering and suspension.
My press car is the Premium Edition and comes standard with performance front seats that are heated and cooled. The thing that really catches your eye is red accents that are perfectly placed throughout the rich interior. It is pleasing to the eyes, and gives the car a really sporty feel.
The rear seat is heated and has more legroom than previous edition CTS models. The 2014 CTS is 4” longer than the 2013 and that really bodes well for the back seat occupants. The entire dash the driver uses is configurable from the steering wheel controls so you can have what info you need at the touch of a finger. If that isn’t enough, turn on the heads-up display and flash all the info you need on the windshield. My favorite version of this shows your speed as well as the posted speed limit. Very handy.
Other standard features include CUE, which stands for Cadillac User Experience with navigation system. The touch screen is a huge 8”, the same size as Apple’s iPad Mini. If you have Apple products, CUE will feel similar. Gestures such as swiping between screens, scrolling with a finger flick and even pinching in or out to change the map zooming will come easy to you.
Aside from the usual turn-by-turn direction, the CUE system has 3-D views of major cities that show realistic building renderings. The navigation system has real-time traffic information from SiriusXM and will warn you of upcoming traffic situations in time for you to make alternative plans.
The CTS comes with the OnStar system, which provides a way to call a human and have them to look up businesses or addresses and download the results to your CUE system. CUE is an awesome system, but some of the slide bars, for instance the volume control, are a little maddening at times and unresponsive. You quickly learn to use the steering wheel controls. The steering wheel is heated by the way.
Other standard features include tri-zone climate control which will keep everyone comfortable, and you get a huge, power sunroof. Also included are LED accent lighting, lighted front door sills and lighted door handles, pushbutton start, rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, and a power rear sunshade. Lane departure warning will make the driver seat vibrate as a warning. CTS VSport Premium comes with virtually everything.
The only two options on this car are the red accents on the black interior, which I mentioned earlier and are beautiful, but a whopping $1650. The Red Obsession Tintcoat exterior is stunning but will set you back $995.
You get electrically adjusting seat belts, which are nice, but take a little getting used to. The CTS has a motorized cover for the front cup holders in the center console (I know, a waste of resources, but cool nonetheless) and to further keep you safe, you get 10 standard airbags.
To curb weight, the VSport comes with aluminum doors, and you don’t get a spare like so many other cars out there today. The twin-turbo engine has virtually no turbo lag, and if I did not know better, I’d swear this was a V8. Looking at the regular CTS, the VSport cuts mileage by 2 MPG in town, but 5 MPG on the highway. If you are willing to give up that mileage for an additional 99-horses, this car is only $4500 more than a comparably equipped CTS without the twin-turbos.
This car is a great alternative to some of the European luxury sport sedans out there and would be the perfect family car if one spouse or the other has a heavy foot.
What I liked most: The performance of the twin-turbo engine, and the interior.
What I would change: Radio controls and give me a real spare!
MSRP: Base price $69,070, as equipped $72,640.
Fuel Economy: EPA rated at 16 in town/24 on the highway.
Weight: 3700 pounds.
2014 CTS VSport in a few words: Luxury and performance come together nicely.
Warranty: 4 year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper with maintenance and loan cars, 6 year/70,000 mile powertrain warranty and roadside assistance.
Car Pro Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars.
Manufacturers website: http://www.cadillac.com/cts-sport-sedan.html
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