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2014 Cadillac CTS VSport a BMW 5-Series fighter

The CTS looks good from the back as well as the front with its dazzling styling design
The CTS looks good from the back as well as the front with its dazzling styling design
by Nick Hromiak

Cadillac’s 2014 CTS 3.6L TT VSport sedan can be considered the milder version of the extremely hot CTS-V that produces 556-hp in V8 form, but with slightly better fuel economy.

There's no mistaking a Cadillac CTS with its striking front end
by Nick Hromiak

The CTS VSport in itself is not shabby as its 3.6L V6 generates a robust 420-hp and 430 lb/ft of torque thanks to a pair of turbochargers, intercooling and direct injection. Acceleration under full throttle makes you think there’s really a V8 under the hood, it’s that exhilarating.

Transferring this power to the wheels is an 8-speed automatic transmission (with paddle shifters) that in concert with the V6, gets EPA mileage ratings of 16 city, 24-highway mpg, or 18 mpg combined. This is the first time Cadillac has employed twin turbo’s in their engines and the brand’s first 8-speed trans.

With the VSport, Cadillac is making it obvious they’re going after BMW’s 5-Series sedan, which has 445-hp but is over 400 pounds heavier than the VSport. And a compelling choice in that it has all the features, functions and amenities the discriminating owner could want; at a modestly lesser price.

The VSport has been endowed with a Driver Awareness Package with patented Safety Alert Seat technology that uses vibrating pulses to alert the driver to an imminent collision or to vehicles in a blind spot. This works in forward and reverse modes, the latter, for example, is when backing out between two cars at a shopping center parking lot – and you can’t see around the cars blocking your view – and a car comes whizzing by. The system buzzes your seat and avoids an accident that would have been your fault.

Aside from these safety features the VSport comes with full-speed range adaptive cruise, panic brake assist, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, automatic collision preparation (with brake prefill), side blind zone alert and rear cross traffic alert all of which add to the CTSs’ accident prevention arsenal.

When considering all of the above, it’s amusing when some folks say cars of yesteryear were better.

The interior of the CTS is similar to that in other Cadillac models with its vertical stack emblazoned with chrome touch strips for HVAC control. While they look sexy, and add ritzy class to the interior, sliding a finger over them sometimes requires several slides for adjustment.

Seating wise, the front buckets are soft and supportive and comfy over the long haul. The rears can accommodate two adults (three in a pinch) with ample leg and headroom.

Trunk space is rated at 13.7 cubic feet and can hold two medium roll-a-longs or two golf bags provided the long clubs are pulled and stacked atop the bags. Because of the short rear overhang, trunk space suffers a bit.

The ride on Pirelli 18-inch tires is smooth and quiet. With four modes the driver can select as much smoothness or firmness as desired. There’s Tour, Sport, Track and Snow/Ice modes for when the going gets tricky. That, and GM’s magnetorheological (MR) dampers automatically sense and control suspension movement for optimum comfort and handling.

So far a word hasn’t been said about styling. That’s because the CTS has the most striking, sexy lines of any luxury sedan. Gone are the high tail fins of yesteryear, in are the sloping, chiseled, frontal vertical lines that grab the eyes of passing motorists. It’s a one-of-a-kind non-mistaking Cadillac trait.

And the amazing attraction of the CTS is its price. The base price of $59,070 only escalates to $59,995 because of a $925 delivery cost. Otherwise, every conceivable option, desired feature and then some is included. To say the CTS is content laden is an understatement. A comparable 5-Series could easily reach $70-$80K for similar content. And to top it off, the CTS received government safety ratings of five stars driver and passenger frontal crash and five for rollover. Thanks for this goes to the cars excellent build quality.

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