2012 Cadillac CTS | Review, Interior, Exterior, Price, Engine. – Now, The 2012 Cadillac CTS ranks 1 out of 19 Upscale Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 57 published reviews and test drives of the Cadillac CTS, and our analysis of reliability and safety data. Car reviewers think the 2012 Cadillac CTS is one of the best upscale midsize cars, thanks to its powerful engines, outstanding handling and modern styling.
Of all these cars, the CTS may be the most distinctive, and most attractive. It’s flashy, yes, but the Cadillac Art & Science theme doesn’t suffer from the me-too syndrome that endangers some of the cars in this class. There’s no way you’d mistake its edgy, bladelike fenders and sparing use of chrome for anything but American, and those are just the big themes. Some details are mesmerizing, like the upswept headlamps on all versions, or the V-taper on the rear ends of the coupe and wagon. Of all the versions the Wagon is the most arresting and that’s an accomplishment. Every CTS shares an interior that’s a great leap ahead for GM, if still a little cluttered and glitzy. Sharply delineated, with some functions and controls scattered around, subservient to the look, the CTS’ cabin pretty much flips off the German less-is-more ethos, and goes for pure dazzle.
On the move, the CTS takes to corners with an agility and poise that no other Cadillac sedan in history could possibly match. With its coupe, wagon and high performance V variations (reviewed separately), the CTS also offers a wide variety of choices just like its luxury rivals. And for 2012, the CTS gets an upgraded 3.6-liter V6 that produces 318 hp, making it one of the more powerful choices in this segment.
2012 Cadillac CTS Price :
2012 Cadillac CTS Price. – Pricing for the new 2012 Cadillac CTS has been set at $35,915 – $50,190 based on current exchange rates. If there are changes on the 2012 Cadillac CTS we will notify you as soon as possible, so keep follow our blog.
2012 Cadillac CTS Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options :
The 2012 Cadillac CTS is a five passenger midsize luxury sedan that is available in four trim levels: 3.0 base, 3.0 Luxury, 3.6 Performance and 3.6 Premium. The high performance CTS-V is reviewed separately, as are the CTS Coupe and Sport Wagon. The 3.0 base comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, keyless entry, cruise control, dual zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver seat, leatherette premium vinyl upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, OnStar, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker Bose sound system with a CD player and satellite radio.
2012 Cadillac CTS Interior :
2012 Cadillac CTS Interior. – Though it’s largely unchanged for 2012, the Cadillac CTS continues to cut an imitable figure in the competitive set of midsize luxury sedans or wagons, or coupes. Sharp folded edges, a broad, planted stance, and plenty of chrome details give the CTS a sporting, truncated look. A huge Cadillac emblem on the grille reminds you and everyone else on the road what you’re driving.
For those not in love with the Art & Science design theme, the CTS may be a disaster. For everyone else, however, it’s a head turning combination of modern looks and classic proportions. The Coupe is probably the most polarizing, with its chunky rear fenders, creased center leading to a pointed tail, and large, spoiler-like center mounted tail light. The automotive press is impressed with the interior build quality and luxurious materials in the 2012 Cadillac CTS. Surfaces blend tastefully, and LED interior lighting provides a cool, modern touch. Many reviewers like how Cadillac has integrated the technologies in the CTS. The available navigation system and 40-gigabyte hard drive-based Bose sound system also earn praise.
2012 Cadillac CTS Exterior :
2012 Cadillac CTS Exterior. – Unfortunately, the interior also comes with its fair share of flaws. Many find the driving position awkward because of slightly offset pedals, a low-mounted seat and compromised knee room due to the sweeping center stack. Overall comfort is also hampered by flat and stiff seatbacks. Thick rear pillars not only make the backseat feel a bit claustrophobic, but the resulting rearward visibility is notably poor, forcing the driver to rely heavily on the optional rearview camera when maneuvering in reverse.
Trunk space (13.6 cubic feet) is decent, but the narrow opening requires quite a bit of jostling in order to fit bulky items. Golf clubs will not fit width wise, and so will eat up the available space, as they must be placed diagonally. Inside, the 2012 CTS is attractive, but again, won’t be to everyone’s taste: it’s American, with flowing contours and smooth surfaces highlighted by polished wood and plastic, chrome finish accents, and leather upholstery. Almost all of the controls are busily packed into the V-shaped center console area, from which the navigation screen rises and hides at the top of the stack.
2012 Cadillac CTS Engine :
2012 Cadillac CTS Engine. – The CTS 3.6 models get a 3.6 liter V6 that produces 318 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional, but every 3.6 gets the six-speed automatic. Last year’s 3.6-liter V6 brought the CTS from zero to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds, so the more powerful 2012 edition should shave a tenth or two from that time. EPA estimated fuel economy is the same as the 3.0’s rear drive estimate of 18/27/22 regardless of whether you get rear or all wheel drive.
The 3.6 Performance trim adds to the 3.0 base equipment a more powerful engine, the All Season Tire Performance package, remote ignition, heated eight-way power front seats, driver memory functions and a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system with a CD player, digital music storage and an iPod/USB audio interface. The Luxury Level Two package adds the rest of the 3.0 Luxury’s extra equipment, plus rear parking sensors, heated and ventilated front seats, a split folding rear seat, a power adjustable steering wheel, keyless ignition/entry and a cabin deodorizer.
The base engine in the 2012 Cadillac CTS sedan is a 3.0-liter V6 that makes 270 horsepower. Reviewers say it offers good passing power and plenty of punch. When compared with the higher rated 3.6-liter, 318-horsepower V6 engine (which is more powerful than last year’s 3.6-liter V6) found in higher trim levels though, reviewers say is feels sluggish. The CTS Coupe gets the 3.6-liter V6 standard.
The CTS is a rear-wheel drive car, but all-wheel drive is optional on both models. A six-speed automatic transmission is the only transmission available on the CTS Coupe, while the base CTS sedan has a six speed manual as standard equipment. Cadillac dropped the option to add the manual on higher trim levels for 2012, which reviewers dislike. The six-speed auto is standard on all but the base trim, where it is optional. Source: thecarconnection.com, usnews.rankingsandreviews.com, topspeed.com.