Cadillac CTS Models and CTS History

Achieving less than successful results with the European-derived Catera, Cadillac started from scratch in the creation of the mid-sized luxury vehicle to brand needed to lure younger customers. The result was the 2003 CTS furnished by a radical, new Cadillac design language. The mid-sized sedan debuting in 2003 was a rear-wheel drive was immediately greeted as a breath of fresh air from a brand that was believed to have lost contact with modern luxury through the closing decades of the 20th century.


Built for serve as an entry-level luxury car, the CTS also featured a stout suspension and high-performing brakes for responsive handling. The 2003 Cadillac CTS was powered by a 220-horsepower, 3.2-liter V-6 engine that could be paired with either a five-speed automatic transmission or a five-speed manual gearbox. The following year, a higher output 3.6-liter was offered on the sedan generating 255 horsepower. A high-performance alter ego to the sedan called the CTS-V was also introduced in 2004 with eight-cylinder engine power. A manual gearbox incorporating six gears was available for the first time in 2005. Also in 2005, the 3.2-liter engine was replaced with a 2.8-liter powerplant producing 210 horsepower.


In 2008, the CTS received a substantial styling refresh accented by reshaped headlight housing using LEDs and a taller, more prestigious looking front grille. Possessing the same wheelbase as the previous model, the 2008 CTS was slightly larger in overall length. The powerplant for the Cadillac CTS also underwent a major overhaul in 2008. Featuring gasoline direct injection technology, a 3.6-liter V-6 engine developed 304 horsepower. All-wheel drive was provided as an option to CTS buyers with the redesigned sedan. After 2009, the Cadillac CTS line-up expanded adding a new sport wagon as well as a coupe.

New and Used CTS Prices, Cadillac CTS Model Years and History

Boasting capable and secure handling, smart interior design and electronic gadgetry, the 2009 Cadillac CTS is a luxury sport sedan that continues in its popularity.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 5 / 5
Overall Performance
 4 / 5
Overall Dependability
 4 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 7 )
Braking
 4.1
Fuel Economy
 3.7
Interior Comfort
 4.0
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 3.6
Handling
 4.1
Ride Quality
 4.3
Overall Rating
 4.0

Redesigned for the new model year, the 2008 Cadillac CTS is a mid-size luxury sedan that is now available with AWD.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 3 / 5
Overall Performance
 4 / 5
Overall Dependability
 3 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 6 )
Braking
 5.0
Fuel Economy
 4.7
Interior Comfort
 5.0
Acceleration
 4.8
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 5.0
Ride Quality
 4.8
Overall Rating
 5.0

A five-passenger luxury sedan, the 2007 Cadillac CTS is available with a five-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission and two V6 engines to choose from.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 5 / 5
Overall Performance
 2 / 5
Overall Dependability
 4 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 6 )
Braking
 4.0
Fuel Economy
 3.5
Interior Comfort
 3.8
Acceleration
 4.2
Dependability
 3.8
Handling
 4.0
Ride Quality
 4.2
Overall Rating
 4.0

An entry-level luxury sedan with seating for five, the 2006 Cadillac CTS is offered with a choice between two V6 engines and either a five-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 4 / 5
Overall Performance
 2 / 5
Overall Dependability
 4 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 3 )
Braking
 4.3
Fuel Economy
 3.7
Interior Comfort
 4.7
Acceleration
 4.3
Dependability
 4.0
Handling
 4.7
Ride Quality
 4.3
Overall Rating
 4.7

A sporty five-passenger entry-level luxury sedan, the 2005 Cadillac CTS is the smallest and most nimble in the Cadillac lineup yet carries the same level of style and substance.
Consumer Reviews ( 7 )
Braking
 4.6
Fuel Economy
 3.9
Interior Comfort
 4.4
Acceleration
 4.6
Dependability
 4.1
Handling
 4.3
Ride Quality
 4.1
Overall Rating
 4.0

Updated with a new 255 hp 3.6L V6, the 2004 Cadillac CTS is an entry-level luxury sedan that seats five passengers and sits as the entry point into the Cadillac family of cars.
Consumer Reviews ( 4 )
Braking
 5.0
Fuel Economy
 4.8
Interior Comfort
 5.0
Acceleration
 5.0
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 5.0
Ride Quality
 4.8
Overall Rating
 5.0

The 2003 Cadillac CTS is a brand-new entry-level luxury sedan that represents a new direction for this iconic American manufacturer.
Consumer Reviews ( 5 )
Braking
 3.4
Fuel Economy
 3.4
Interior Comfort
 3.8
Acceleration
 3.8
Dependability
 4.0
Handling
 4.8
Ride Quality
 3.8
Overall Rating
 4.0

J.D. Power Rating Legend
Among the Best
5 / 5
Better than Most
4 / 5
About Average
3 / 5
The Rest
2 / 5

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