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    2014 CTS VSport Review

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    October 9, 2013, 2:18 pm 2 Comments
    A Spin in the 2014 Cadillac CTS Sedan
    By BENJAMIN PRESTON
    The 2014 Cadillac CTS. General Motors The 2014 Cadillac CTS.

    Although Cadillacís XTS Ė the brandís flagship Ė gave me the impression of, say, a really, really well-appointed Toyota Camry, the CTS sedan had the opposite effect. Iíd heard all the hype, as well as breathy admiration from my colleagues about what a grand car the CTS-V was. And I have to say, the CTS Vsport is as they described the V: fantastic.

    While I was reminded of sedate country club excursions of Cadillacís yesteryear as I drove the larger XTS, I had a hard time restraining my right foot in its smaller, albeit powerful sibling. In the touring mode, the car glided along like a Cadillac should. But when I flipped the switch on the console to sport, my pupils dilated and my hands tightly gripped the leather-wrapped steering wheel.

    Iím not so sure the rear-wheel-drive CTS Vsport is such a great choice for people trying to scrub points off of their licenses, but it was equally as accommodating as a classy around-town sedan as it was a razor-sharp freeway scalpel. Unfortunately Ė or fortunately, depending on your perspective Ė itís the sort of car that makes you feel as if youíre going 15 when youíre going 50 and only 55 when youíre well beyond that.
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    Equipped with Cadillacís new twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6, the CTS Vsport makes plenty of power Ė 420 horsepower for a car that weighs 3,600 pounds. All engine options are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with a paddle-shifted manual mode available, and, in the first car I tested, rear-wheel drive. I liked how the transmission had a setting that would switch it automatically back into Drive if you werenít shifting a lot with the paddles. It was almost as if the car were saying, ďAre you done fooling around now? Alright then. Back to normal it is.Ē At any rate, the transmission had pleasant shift points in automatic mode. I never had the chance to do a smoky burnout in the CTS Vsport, but it seems capable of it, if the computer will allow you such foolishness.

    With estimated fuel economy of 17 miles per gallon in the city and 25 highway, and the manufacturerís direction to use premium fuel, the CTS Vsport sedan can be a little thirsty, especially if your pedal foot remains mysteriously heavy (making the turbos wind up is an exhilarating experience).

    If better fuel economy and more reasonable power application is more of your thing, the model equipped with a turbocharged 2-liter 4-cylinder engine is an alternative (although with all-wheel drive, the four-bangerís fuel economy drops from 20 city, 30 highway to 19 city, 28 highway). With 272 horsepower, itís not lacking in muscle, although grunt is a touch slower to come from the smaller mill when you stomp on the throttle. But with all-wheel-drive pulling the carís tautly-sprung body along, the only thing that made it seem worse than the twin-turbo V-6 model was that I had driven that fire-breather first.

    Even with all that power at your disposal, the four-wheel disc brakes with aluminum calipered Brembos up front do a fine job of stopping the CTS. The carís electric steering was responsive in fast turns, but easy to hold steady on those minute adjustments needed during a big, fast curve.
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    Infotainment electronics, and their layout, are pretty much the same as in Cadillacís other new cars. Thatís a good thing, aside from the weird audio and climate control buttons that donít click or give any kind of tactile response when you press them. I suppose you get used to that, but I had difficulty figuring out if particular buttons had been pressed after Iíd smeared my greasy fingers all over them. Once I became stuck in a knot of traffic, it would have been nice to figure out how to switch from 1010 WINS to something more melodic once the station had swung through its 10-minute news cycle a couple of times.

    The carís size is all related to how it makes you feel. Itís dimensions look and feel very Cadillac Ė long and low. But it also feels small enough to not seem like a liability while negotiating urban traffic. Out on the open road, its length becomes an attribute, adding to a sense of stability and prowess over other drivers. After all, isnít that why one buys a Cadillac?
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    Iím not so sure the CTS sedan will turn heads any more (or less) than other Cadillacs, but it received what appeared to be a few admiring glances on the construction-battered streets of Manhattan. Whether or not youíre a fan of Cadillacís Art and Science design language, it is still a striking look.

    Cadillac says the new CTS sedan is scheduled to arrive in showrooms this fall, starting at $46,025, including destination, for the rear-wheel-drive 2.0T. The Vsport will start at $59,995. Top-of-the-line models will cross the $70,000 threshold.
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    Re: 2014 CTS VSport Review

    That has to be one of the most bland reviews I have ever read.
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    That doesn't make me want to buy it, that's for sure:/

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    Re: 2014 CTS VSport Review

    Geez, ATSCHICK, it's the New York Times, not the Daily News. Think of their target audience. (I'm not admonishing you, I'm just talking out loud).

    I get The Wall Street Journal. Now they have a bland reviewer. He gets super exotics to drive and his review puts me to sleep. How can that happen on a beautiful car? I don't read him half of the time, and when I do all I want to do is cry. Now that IS boring!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tinman View Post
    Geez, ATSCHICK, it's the New York Times, not the Daily News. Think of their target audience. (I'm not admonishing you, I'm just talking out loud).

    I get The Wall Street Journal. Now they have a bland reviewer. He gets super exotics to drive and his review puts me to sleep. How can that happen on a beautiful car? I don't read him half of the time, and when I do all I want to do is cry. Now that IS boring!
    That is why I often wonder if these people actually ever driven the car or they just took excerpts from other reviews and made up their own.

    Other than that while reading that review it felt like Ben Stein was reading me it lol

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    Re: 2014 CTS VSport Review

    Did you win any of his money? Was Jimmy Kimmel in your dream?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tinman View Post
    Did you win any of his money? Was Jimmy Kimmel in your dream?
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    Re: 2014 CTS VSport Review

    I haven't seen that in years!

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    Re: 2014 CTS VSport Review

    Check these reviews, a couple of which I read yesterday at the tire shop while waiting for my new tires to be mounted:

    Road & Track: The 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport gets driven

    Car & Driver:2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport Twin-Turbo V-6

    Autoweek: 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport drive review

    Edmunds: 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport Full Test

    Motor Trend: First Test: 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport

    Lots of others, too -- just Google 2014 CTS-V Sport.

    Bottom line: I want one!

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    Re: 2014 CTS VSport Review

    I would much rather have the VSport ATS. In a wagon, of course.

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    Re: 2014 CTS VSport Review

    Bland or not, the New York Times is a publication with MAJOR international reach, and it's a positive review. For many "normal" people, this will be the only review and impression of the CTS Vsport they will get. So this is a pretty major accomplishment! (Sorry, I work in PR, so yeah.)

    Quote Originally Posted by tinman View Post
    I get The Wall Street Journal. Now they have a bland reviewer. He gets super exotics to drive and his review puts me to sleep. How can that happen on a beautiful car? I don't read him half of the time, and when I do all I want to do is cry. Now that IS boring!
    I actually like Dan Neil of the WSJ. He used to be the in-house car critic for the LA Times before the WSJ snagged him. He's a very good writer, though I admit he can definitely go off on tangents sometimes. His slaughter of the Acura RLX is epic: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...171450454.html

    Now THAT's the type of review in a major mainstream publication you DON'T want.

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    Re: 2014 CTS VSport Review

    I agreed about Dan Neil. It was his review of the 2008 CTS that persuaded me to take a test drive, and I ended up dumping my 2006 CLS500 for one. Here's a link to it:

    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...w-dan-neil.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by BreakingThrough
    Bland or not, the New York Times is a publication with MAJOR international reach, and it's a positive review. For many "normal" people, this will be the only review and impression of the CTS Vsport they will get. So this is a pretty major accomplishment! (Sorry, I work in PR, so yeah.) I actually like Dan Neil of the WSJ. He used to be the in-house car critic for the LA Times before the WSJ snagged him. He's a very good writer, though I admit he can definitely go off on tangents sometimes. His slaughter of the Acura RLX is epic: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...171450454.html Now THAT's the type of review in a major mainstream publication you DON'T want.
    ... And that's why I left Acura after I saw early images and specs of the RLX (before Neil wrote this piece).

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