2009-2015 Cadillac CTS-V Performance Mods Discussion, Stick or Auto in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2009-2015; Those numbers only indicate the relative 'mechanical advantage' that the manual has in 6th gear. The auto has the 'mechanical ...
Automobile(s): 2013 ATS Premium 2.0T 6M Black Raven/Caramel
Re: Stick or Auto
I am a manual "purist", and I have an '08 CTS 3.6 DI FE3 M6. This car has a foot operated parking brake, which I thought I would hate, but don't really use that much, and haven't had any problems not using it here in hilly Atlanta. I have driven CTS DI automatic loaners, and still prefer the stick. Plus, even though the stick 3.6 DI has lower EPA ratings than the auto, I consistently achieve 1-2 mpg better in my car than the auto, even when I manually shifted the auto and used 2nd gear starts, which did help. This was important here recently when we had a severe gas shortage. The stick also cost $1300 less.
Looking at the invoices of stick V2 vs auto, the stick has EPA ratings of 13/19 vs 12/18 of the auto, and the gas guzzler tax is "only" $1300 vs $2600 for the auto, which yields the same $1300 saving for the stick as with my car. The stick does weigh 100 lb less per the specs, all off the front, which is good. I believe this puts the stick in a lighter EPA test category, which may account for the better ratings, but should also translate into more mpg in real life as well.
I know most people shopping this car won't care about mileage that much, but it affects RANGE as well, and that was really important when you couldn't find gas! These cars don't have big tanks as it is, so IMO the stick is truly the way to go.