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    My take on the 2014 Cadillac CTS

    In two words: class leading. The '14 CTS is such a huge step above the 1st and 2nd Gen CTS it shouldn't even have the same name. I just finished a test drive of a 3.6 RWD Luxury in Black Raven w/ Black Leather interior. Sticker was a bit over $58k. Options were Nav w/ Bose Surround, Ultraview roof, and 19" wheel package w/ MRC. The exterior looks so much better in person than it does in pictures. The front is aggressive, while the rear and sides are elegant and understated. Interior quality is best that GM has to offer. There isn't a cheap piece of plastic anywhere to be found. Rear seat room is great. I'm 5'10" and when my 6'5" friend had his seat adjusted I fit behind him just fine. Trunk is decent size.

    As far as the drive the car has an excellent chassis. It's one of the few cars with 19" wheels that doesn't feel harsh when going over rough patches of road. Handling is precise and very point and go; much like smaller ATS. Steering is nicely weighted and gives some road feel (though not much). Power is excellent from 3.6 and it has an amazing sound (sounds much, much better than early 3.6 motors). The whole car reminds me of a more refined ATS with all the niggling details worked out in a better suit. I'm as impressed with this car as I have been any new car in a long time. For anybody that doesn't think this car deserves the praise or it's priced too high: drive it.






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    That's a nice review. I can't wait to do the same test drive.

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    No doubt it is an improvement and while I didn't drive it, I have no reason to doubt you.

    While I agree the front looks aggressive, I don't share the same praise for the rest of the exterior. I think it looks a bit boring.

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    I loved it when it first came out. The pics from the car show and promo pics made it look very aggressive etc. The real life photos changed my mind, I find it really boring. Even the front end doesn't seem that aggressive like it did in the promo pics. It's lacking stance, the should of made it lower and wider. I rather have the XTS Vsport hands down. Even with the odd proportions of the XTS, I think it looks better than the ATS and CTS. Lets just pray that the new flagship will at least have a beautiful design as the CTS coupe or the XLR, something different and stands out.

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    I disagree I think it looks both more elegant and aggressive than the 2G CTS. IMO that car hasn't aged very well. It looked fantastic when it first came out but since Cadillac refused to do a more thorough mid life update the technology is extremely old and the exterior looks plain especially since most of the models I see are base 3.0 V6 with the cheap foglight covers and horrible wheels.
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    I was at the dealership today and saw one in the showroom and a bunch on the lot, very disappointing in terms of the exterior. My girlfriend even made a comment saying what is that? A Honda accord? Lol, it's so bland. The problem is its way too long and skinny. If they made it wider, dropped it a inch and added 20 inch rims it would be a lot better. The wheel choices on those cars are horrible.

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    Re: My take on the 2014 Cadillac CTS

    Quote Originally Posted by ryannel2003 View Post
    I disagree I think it looks both more elegant and aggressive than the 2G CTS. IMO that car hasn't aged very well. It looked fantastic when it first came out but since Cadillac refused to do a more thorough mid life update the technology is extremely old and the exterior looks plain especially since most of the models I see are base 3.0 V6 with the cheap foglight covers and horrible wheels.
    Sorry ryannel2003, but I just don't agree with you. First off, contrary to what you say the 2nd gen CTS has aged extremely well - it is still contemporary and representative of a classic design; the car still looks extremely good, especially when properly outfitted with the correct options/equipment. Keep in mind the gen 2 CTS was revealed way back in January 2007. Show me another luxury-sport 2007/2008 car that still looks current/contemporary 6+ years after initial introduction. I'm sure you won't find many at all, other than perhaps the Audi A5. The second point is... I think the 2014 gen 3 CTS lacks proper stance, and similarly, lacks a cohesive body design/ design language. Yes, the front is aggressive (albeit somewhat over-styled/over-done and maybe just a tad tacky), but the side profile is decidedly boring and the rear is well, quite an aberration really.. and boring. The car is indeed longer (it's too long really), but so what?.. there's hardly any difference /increased room on the inside, so what's the point? Overall, styling wise, the design just doesn't come together for me. I find it lacking, despite all the enticing new features and bits on the inside. Bottom line.. it really all comes down to exterior styling and stance for a car in this segment to be regarded a true winner (the obvious top choice), and for me the 2014 CTS just doesn't have it.
    Btw.. current (2nd gen CTS) owners didn't want /didn't ask for "more elegant" styling for the new CTS - on the contrary - but I do suspect the Chinese market has demanded this. The new CTS is actually the new "STS", in concept and execution. For many/most CTS enthusiasts who were expecting an exciting, cutting-edge redesign of the 2nd gen CTS, the 2014 3rd gen CTS represents something of a disappointment.

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    Re: My take on the 2014 Cadillac CTS

    Well, a very nice review. However, both God and the Devil, are in the details.

    First off - THIS A VERY NICE CAR! An excellent evolution (not revolution, FYI) of the 2nd Gen CTS. That car (2008-2013) was IMO a revolution. I own one (I owned a Gen I as well) - I compare the Gen II to the e39 5 series BMW - best there ever was - so good in fact, that the current BMW 5 Series design went back to its roots. I hope Cadillac does the same in 2-3 years time with the CTS.

    The front end of the Gen III CTS is great - the back end not as bad as you would be led to believe from photos et al, but still not cohesive with the overall design - very visible at 3/4 profile from the front to the back. I agree with the poster who says this car will depend on wheel sizes and choices - 18s make the car look dowdy IMO, the 19s are an improvement.

    Interior - the big nagging gripe about Cadillac/GM cars - much better than Gen II - no questions - but just on par with the class - the electronic cup holder cover a dumb gimmick that may be a real nuisance if the motor (or whatever drives it) fails - I am not sure what was going on at GM/ Cadillac - but the final product is an elegant and class competitive (by all means) but far from revolutionary interior. If you want to talk revolutionary - the Gen I was far more so - albeit a cheap plastic one. Also, the interior feels smaller in some ways than the Gen II CTS.

    I did not drive the car but do not need to - my car drives like a dream - I drove a 3.6 ATS (loaded) for a spell and that car is HOT! The XTS V Sport is a Grand Sedan so I am certain that this new CTS starts life as a fine drive and ends up as a stonker in V Sport form. If you have open roads, can push limits and are able to deal or not concerned about price - well, then, this just may be the car for you. Lexus has no chance - BMW is jsut there and Adi, well, they have some luck now because for the life of me I cannot figure why those tarted up VWs are getting so much praise.

    In short, Cadillac has built a very an excellent E Class. And therein, my friends, lies the problem. That car is boring. Boring to look at, boring to sit in, just plain boring. So, is a more driver involved E Class a better car? Sure! But it is still boring. This is where, again, IMO, Cadillac has missed the point. Gen I and Gen II, they followed their own path, and produced flawed but exciting vehicles. This car copies other bland formulas.

    I have read that this car, like so many others, is geared toward the Chinese market. If so, playing to the middle styling and not so indiscreet borrowing of styling cues may not be such a drawback. But today, right here, right now, it just is not the end game that Cadillac's resurgence led me to believe it would produce.
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    Re: My take on the 2014 Cadillac CTS

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    Re: My take on the 2014 Cadillac CTS

    Quote Originally Posted by RAB View Post
    Sorry ryannel2003, but I just don't agree with you. First off, contrary to what you say the 2nd gen CTS has aged extremely well - it is still contemporary and representative of a classic design; the car still looks extremely good, especially when properly outfitted with the correct options/equipment. Keep in mind the gen 2 CTS was revealed way back in January 2007. Show me another luxury-sport 2007/2008 car that still looks current/contemporary 6+ years after initial introduction. I'm sure you won't find many at all, other than perhaps the Audi A5. The second point is... I think the 2014 gen 3 CTS lacks proper stance, and similarly, lacks a cohesive body design/ design language. Yes, the front is aggressive (albeit somewhat over-styled/over-done and maybe just a tad tacky), but the side profile is decidedly boring and the rear is well, quite an aberration really.. and boring. The car is indeed longer (it's too long really), but so what?.. there's hardly any difference /increased room on the inside, so what's the point? Overall, styling wise, the design just doesn't come together for me. I find it lacking, despite all the enticing new features and bits on the inside. Bottom line.. it really all comes down to exterior styling and stance for a car in this segment to be regarded a true winner (the obvious top choice), and for me the 2014 CTS just doesn't have it.
    Btw.. current (2nd gen CTS) owners didn't want /didn't ask for "more elegant" styling for the new CTS - on the contrary - but I do suspect the Chinese market has demanded this. The new CTS is actually the new "STS", in concept and execution. For many/most CTS enthusiasts who were expecting an exciting, cutting-edge redesign of the 2nd gen CTS, the 2014 3rd gen CTS represents something of a disappointment.
    As usual another one of your posts that is dead on from my perspective. Especially the parts I bolded.
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    Re: My take on the 2014 Cadillac CTS

    This car should not have been named a CTS. Also the back is a 1000 times more refined than the older one. This is an upscale sedan that is going to confuse people as to what happened. Guess the ATS is now the CTS lol...
    It is basically an XTS without the room, and all the price. IMHO, Cadillac dropped the ball, and should have renamed the model, or called it the STS. It's nothing like a CTS, at all. The price will shock those who leased a CTS and want a new one into oblivion.
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    My sales guy was telling me the lease prices are crazy on the new CTS.

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    Re: My take on the 2014 Cadillac CTS

    Quote Originally Posted by BEarle View Post
    My sales guy was telling me the lease prices are crazy on the new CTS.
    It's so new, will take a little bit of time for rates/terms to stabilize, etc. But it is also a more expensive vehicle, so it should cost more than before, understandably so for more car.

    Looks great.

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    Re: My take on the 2014 Cadillac CTS

    This car is the future. Some people as usual are resisting change.

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    Re: My take on the 2014 Cadillac CTS

    Quote Originally Posted by ddawson View Post
    This car is the future. Some people as usual are resisting change.
    YES!!! Agree completely. People still think Cadillac is in the FWD DTS business. Those days are over. The E-Class/5-Series segment the world over is bought by businessmen and executive types. To succeed within the class defined by its peers, the CTS needs to be serious (even a bit sober), dressy, elegant and grown up. It needs to reek of prestige and exclusiveness. The brand is ascending fast, and no one in this category wants to feel like they have to explain why they bought a Cadillac over a BMW or MB. I love the fact that its pricey. It makes room for Buick to pick up the traditional old school American car luxury customers who used to buy this brand.
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