The Cadillac CTS-V line of cars, which includes a sedan, coupe, and even a station wagon, are some of the best performing vehicles this side of a $100k, but if supercar speed isn’t you’re primary motivation when buying a new car then the regular CTS range is still a worthy option in the luxury segment.
Like its testosterone-packed cousin, the CTS is also available in sedan, coupe, and station wagon bodystyles and is an ideal choice for buyers looking for a mid-size luxury car with plenty of style, decent performance, and one of the nicest interiors around.
Yes, it may have taken a generation, but the current Cadillac CTS is truly world-class. First going on sale in 2008, the second-generation CTS is now in its 2012 model year, and although many of its rivals like the BMW 3- and 5-Series, as well as the Mercedes-Benz C and E Class models have been redesigned since then, the CTS is still worth a look if you’re considering any of the models mentioned.
As previously stated, there are three bodystyles to choose from, and each of these can then be divided into either standard rear-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. For anyone living in an area where the colder months require you to change tires, we suggest that you go for the added safety of all-wheel drive if choosing a CTS.
The specifications don’t end there as you also have the choice of two V-6 engines: a 3.0-liter or 3.6-liter. Both engines use gasoline and come matched to either six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions. We recommend going with the bigger 3.6-liter V-6 as the fuel economy gains of the smaller unit are marginal at best.
For 2012 Cadillac has added a new Touring Package on the CTS, which helps bridge the gap between the regular models and the all-out-insane CTS-V ones. While the packages don’t make the CTS any faster, they do enhance the driving experience by borrowing interior bits from the CTS-V.
Opting for the $2,065 Touring Package on 3.0-liter V-6 CTS sedans or wagons will get you 18-inch pearl nickel finish wheels, dual exhausts, a dark finish grille, HID headlamps and fog lamps, suede seat inserts, a suede steering wheel and shifter, midnight Sapele wood trim and metal pedals.
If you choose a CTS sedan, coupe or wagon with the 3.6-liter V-6, the Touring Package jumps to $2,810 in price but includes more content. You get the Recaro sport seats (which cost $3,400 on their own in the CTS-V), plus the suede steering wheel and shifter, midnight Sapele wood trim, dark finish grille, metal pedals and polished 19-inch wheels.
For a more detailed look at the 2012 Cadillac CTS range, check out the full review over at The Car Connection.