The history of Cadillac’s CTS and its role within General Motors, as well as the rebirth of true American luxury cars, can’t really be understated. That makes it one of the most important American cars on the road today—and certainly one of the most important for Cadillac. Fortunately, the latest model is another home run.
With the arrival of the new Cadillac ATS, the CTS has been freed to grow larger, finally competing on even terms with the BMW 5-Series, Audi A6, and Mercedes-Benz E Class. That’s a good thing, because it means fewer compromises, but it’s also tricky for Cadillac, as it permits fewer excuses.
On the styling front, the latest CTS has moved farther away from Cadillac’s once-dominant Art & Science theme, softening edges and blending curves in a more elegant, modern manner. The result, to many eyes, is a marked resemblance to the latest E Class, particularly near the C pillar, as the roof bends down to meet the trunk lid, as well...