Best Used Cadillac: The CTS
Many drivers appreciate the benefit of buying a pre-owned vehicle. Technology is developing at an incredibly rapid pace, and each new model year brings features we’d never dreamed of previously. This works in favor of the used car market- as some drivers eagerly buy the brand new models, their gently used, low-mileage vehicles head to the used car lots, where those looking for a road-ready, affordable vehicle are more than thrilled to purchase them. After all, those attractive bells and whistles will always be updated in the coming year, and for many of us, owning a reliable automobile that is a wise long-term investment is far more important than having the latest gadgets. The best way to find a vehicle that will satisfy your every need is to search for a used Cadillac.
One of these vehicles that performs exceptionally well on the used car market is the Cadillac CTS. Not only are early models the stuff that collectors dream of, but a quick drive through any large town or city will reveal many models from the 1990s still being driven regularly, which speaks volumes to the long lifespan of the brand. Cadillacs are known for retaining their value, both in the comfort and quality of the drive and in their ability to perform for many years with regular maintenance.
The current generation Cadillac CTS has gained notoriety in recent years as being one of the most sought-after used Cadillacs for drivers looking for that luxury ride with a budget-friendly price. The CTS was introduced in 2003, with the first generation running through 2007. The second generation launched in 2008 with a myriad of options, such as all-wheel drive and a hatchback wagon model. Still, many feel that the third generation redesign, which launched in 2014, was the start of the CTS’ pivotal era, making vehicles from this time period highly sought after on the used Cadillac market. So let’s take a look at what you can expect when searching for a used CTS from the third generation.
The 2014 Cadillac CTS
Many Cadillac aficionados consider the second generation of Cadillac CTS, which ended in 2013, to be an era in which the manufacturer was trying to figure out how to market the entry-level luxury vehicle. The lessons learned from this discovery period culminated in what these experts consider to be the “glory days” of the CTS. When the CTS returned in 2014, it was clear that Cadillac had a plan in store for the vehicle. The model emerged from its redesign with a longer and lower body style, giving it a more luxurious sedan appearance. While the CTS coupe and wagon still existed, these were obvious carryovers from the previous model year.
The 2014 CTS sedan is offered in six trims: Standard, Luxury, Performance, Premium, VSport, and VSport Premium. Three engine options corresponded to specific trim levels. The base engine for the Standard, Luxury, Performance, and Premium trims is an impressive 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which offers 272 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, and available as either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Drivers of the Luxury, Performance, and Premium trims could also choose an available 3.6-liter V6 engine, which provides 321 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque.
Rear-wheel drive models include an eight-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel drive models receive a six-speed automatic transmission. Lastly, drivers of the VSport models are treated to a specially-designed 3.6-liter turbocharged V6 engine, which offers sports car level power at 420 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque. This trim and engine are only available as rear-wheel drive, paired with the eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Standard trim is still impressive by 2020 standards, including heated mirrors, automatic headlamps, remote ignition with keyless ignition and entry, an infotainment system with a 5.3-inch touchscreen, Bose premium audio system, and rear parking sensors. The Luxury trim adds leather seating and a host of safety features, such as lane departure warning, forward collision alert, blind-spot monitoring, and a rearview camera. The Performance trim includes automated parallel parking capability, illuminated door handles, and a 110V power outlet, amongst other outstanding features. The Premium trim adds safety features such as full-speed adaptive cruise control with front and rear automatic braking, and collision preparation braking.
The VSport trim includes not only the turbocharged sports engine, but a specially-tuned suspension, steering system, and an electronic limited-slip rear differential. The VSport Premium combines the aspects of the VSport with the luxury features of the Premium trim package to create a vehicle that is not only high-performance but high-luxury as well.
The 2017 CTS
By 2017, Cadillac had refined the sedan to five trim levels: the base CTS, Luxury, Premium Luxury, VSport, and VSport Luxury. A high-performance CTS-V model was offered, but not considered part of the standard CTS lineup due to its unique design and engineering. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder became the base engine for all trims up to the VSport models, which receives the turbocharged V6. The 3.6-liter V6 upgrade could be added to any of the non-VSport trims. The 2.0 liter and 3.6-liter engines were offered with the options of rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, as before, while the VSport models were rear-wheel drive only.
Even at the base CTS level, this model exudes a high level of sophistication. Standard offerings include Brembo brakes, heated exterior mirrors, auto-dimming interior mirrors with heated exterior mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, and eight-way adjustable power seats with memory functions. Information and entertainment features include Bluetooth connectivity, an 8-inch touch screen infotainment system, voice control with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and a Bose surround sound system featuring 11 speakers, three USB ports, an auxiliary jack, as well as both HD and satellite radio.
Each successive trim builds upon the last. Highlights from the Luxury trim includes a panoramic sunroof, xenon headlamps, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and navigation system. The Premium Luxury trim adds adaptive suspension, self-parking capability, heated rear seats, and a 360-degree reverse camera, amongst other convenience additions. The VSport edition includes sport-tuned suspension and brakes, along with a fine-tuned steering system with Track mode for high-performance track-style driving. The VSport Luxury combines the performance aspects of the standard VSport with the cushy features of the Premium Luxury trim, including the sunroof.
The 2019 Cadillac CTS
As the final year of the current generation of CTS- and possibly of the model- the 2019 Cadillac CTS builds upon the successful model with few significant changes. The engine options remain the same, with the 2.0L turbocharged engine leading the pack on the Standard and Luxury trims. The 3.6L V6 is standard on the Premium Luxury trim. The VSport and VSport Premium Luxury trims feature the 3.6L twin-turbocharged V6 engine.
The highlight of the 2019 CTS is its precision engineering. As a sedan, it is low and lean, with weight evenly distributed between the front and rear to create a balanced drive. An integrated spoiler adds to the aerodynamic balance of the vehicle, while Active Grille Shutters control airflow from the front.
Offered in the same five trims as the 2017 model, CTS again outdoes itself with the luxury convenience and comfort features. Even the Standard model includes a wireless charging pad for devices, rear vision camera with rear park assist, a 4G LTE wireless hotspot, and power-adjustable seats with memory function as just a sampling of features. The Luxury trim adds the Driver Awareness package, which includes all of the safety features in one full suite. The features include forward collision alert, following distance indicator to mitigate forward-moving collisions, and lane-keep assist with lane departure warning. Also included are Cadillac’s own vibrating safety alert seat, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change alert with side blind-zone alert, IntelliBeam auto high-beam headlamps, and rain-sensing wipers.
The Premium Luxury trim adds Magnetic Ride Control, for a smoother, more engaging driving feel. It also adds automatic parking assistance with front, rear, parallel, and perpendicular assist settings, surround vision, and a rear mirror camera function, all of which add to the overall safety and comfort of driver and passengers. The VSport trim is even more performance-oriented, with Magnetic Ride Control, Magnesium paddle shifters, ZF premium steering, and a leather-wrapped sport-style steering wheel. The exterior is given black chrome and Ultrabright alloy accents for a sportier appearance, as well. The VSport Premium Luxury includes the Driver Awareness Package, a power sunroof, leather seating, as well as the sports-oriented features of the VSport.
When looking for a used Cadillac CTS, you’ll find that the options available may range greatly depending on what year and which package was chosen by the original owner. Still, the third-generation CTS has well earned its place of honor atop many of the best-used car lists across America. If you want to learn more about this luxury sedan, call or visit us at Frank Kent Cadillac today and we will do whatever we can to get you in the right vehicle.