Save Big On A Used Cadillac CTS

March 20th, 2020 by

A used red 2015 Cadillac CTS VSport is parked on a road outside Fort Worth, TX.

During the early 2000s, Cadillac wanted to create a car that resonated with a large audience. So, they set out to create a luxury car that was perfect for all drivers. To do this, they created the Cadillac CTS, which features brand new design looks other Cadillac models simply didn’t have. While it did take over for classics like the Eldorado, the CTS brought in a breath of fresh air, which made it an especially popular sedan for its time. Yes, Cadillac has moved past the CTS with the new CT5 (Cadillac has rolled out several new models with the 2020 releases), but that just means you can own a used Cadillac CTS for a significant discount. Here at Frank Kent Cadillac, we specialize in selling Cadillac used cars, and one of our continually top-selling models is the CTS.

Introducing the Cadillac CTS

The Cadillac CTS came out in 2002 with the 2003 model year. Using rear-wheel drive, it also bucked trends by offering a manual transmission. No other Cadillac since 1988 had offered this kind of feature. But Cadillac wanted to up the sports car meets sedan feel. It is also why Cadillac used a 3.2L V6 engine in the 2003 base model, which could produce 220 horsepower. However, this initial base engine didn’t last long, as the following year, Cadillac updated the engine to a 3.6L V6 that produced 255 horsepower.

While later Cadillac releases did bring all-wheel drive into the fold, the first-generation CTS was strictly rear-wheel drive. The first-generation lasted from the 2003 model year until the 2007 model year.

The Second-Generation CTS

Cadillac came out with the second generation of the CTS with the 2008 model year. It came with a slightly more powerful 3.6L V6 that produces 263 horsepower. Much like the first generation through, the second generation’s base engine did not last long, and it upgraded to a 3.6L V6 VVT engine that could produce 304 horsepower. Cadillac also maintained the six-speed manual transmission option. However, with the second generation, CTS Cadillac did bring on-demand all-wheel drive to the vehicle. This allowed the vehicle to remain in rear-wheel drive mode and then kick in all-wheel drive when the road became bumpy, uneven, or slippery.

The second-generation CTS came with an upgraded sound system, including an available 5.1 surround sound Bose system. It also featured a new 40 GB hard disk drive. While Wi-Fi was not yet an option on the vehicle (or any real vehicle back in 2008), it did allow you to download your CDs directly to the hard drive for easy listening. Chances are, you have experience flipping through a massive CD wallet trying to track down just the right album. Trying to read a book of music isn’t the greatest idea when it comes to keeping your eyes on the road, so the ability to download 40 GB worth of music directly to the car did help make it easier.

Cadillac unveiled a mid-gen facelift with the 2012 model. This came with a tweaked grille that was more vertical and stretched than the previous design. It also upped the horsepower to 323 (it maintained the same engine, although, with the removal of some curb weight, it was able to increase the performance numbers)

The New Editions

Between 2010 and 2012, Cadillac unveiled several new editions of the CTS. Up until this point, you could only find the CTS as a four-door sedan. However, Cadillac changed this with the release of the coupe and sport wagon. The coupe was a two-door design that used the 3.6L 304 horsepower V6 as its base. It also offered both a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic transmission. The coupe model came in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Of course, following the release of the coupe, Cadillac was primed and ready for the CTS-V.

The Sport Wagon is a truly unique Cadillac CTS. This is one that you’re either going to love or hate (we personally love a performance SUV, but hey, to each their own). The Sport Wagon also came in either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and came in several engine versions.

Third Generation Cadillac CTS

The third-generation CTS came to be the last generation as Cadillac has swapped the CTS out for the CT5. It came out with the 2014 model year. It borrowed several features from the ATS, including a 2.0L turbocharged IR. The transmission was upgraded from the six-speed transmission to an available eight-speed. The vehicle very much maintained the look and feel of the second-generation CTS, although the grille was more vertical, and it made the switch to LED lighting.


The V series of Cadillacs is always exciting, and the Cadillac CTS-V is no exception. The CTS-V Sedan came out in 2004, the year after the original CTS came out. The first-generation CTS-V used a 5.7L V8 engine that produced 400 horsepower and 395 lb-ft of torque. For the second half of the first-generation, the CTS-V upgraded the engine to a 6.0L V8. The curb weight increased on the V8, so the slightly more powerful V8 helped make up the difference. Do keep in mind, if you’re looking for a CTS-V, it was only available as a manual transmission.

The second-generation CTS-V came out with the 2009 model year. It started as just a sedan performance vehicle, but it was also released as a coupe and wagon version as well. With the 2009 model year, you saw some serious upgrades in the engine specs. Cadillac put in a 6.2L V8 that produced 556 horsepower and 551 lb-ft of torque. The Sport Wagon is kind of a favorite of ours, simply because it has such a massive engine. There’s just something about the 6.2L V8 engine and a capability of going from 0 to 60 in four seconds flat that tickles our fancy (the CTS-V Sedan can go 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds).

The final generation of the CTS-V came out with the 2016 model year and ran through the conclusion of the CTS’s run, ending with the 2019 model year. Cadillac stuck to the 6.2L V8, although performance numbers increased to 640 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque. At the time of its release, it was the most powerful Cadillac ever released, which is saying something with all the monster Cadillac engines and cars the company released in the ’50s and ’60s. The third-generation only came out as a four-door sedan.

Check Out The Selection of Cadillacs at Frank Kent Cadillac

We do love a well-built Caddy. There’s just something about it that no other vehicle manufacturer can replicate. The combination of luxury and performance is second to none, and when it comes to American craftsmanship, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything else that stands up to it. But don’t take our word for it. The best way to experience the used Cadillac difference is to come on out and visit us at Frank Kent Cadillac and take one for a test drive. If you’ve never driven one before you’re in for a true car driving experience. And if you have owned one in the past, you know there is just nothing else like a Cadillac.

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