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2010 Cadillac CTS Luxury

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Stock # :
8164C
VIN # :
1G6DE5EG7A0102177
Engine:
3.0L V6 Cylinder Engine
Exterior Color:
Thunder Gray ChromaFlair
Interior Color:
Gray
Body
Sedan
Transmission:
Automatic
City MPG:
18
Highway MPG:
27
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2010 cadillac cts

Consumer Reviews from Edmunds.com

Overall Consumer Ratings
4.5
20 Total Consumer Reviews
5 Star - (60%)
4 Star - (35%)
3 Star - (5%)
2 Star - (18%)
1 Star - (10%)

Edmunds.com Consumer Rating (out of 5)

PERFORMANCE
4.4
COMFORT
4.3
INTERIOR
4.5
RELIABILITY
4.4
VALUE

Edmunds.com Expert Review

Edmunds Says

With a more compelling base engine, the Cadillac CTS increases its appeal for 2010. It's not without faults, but the CTS redefines what an American luxury car can be.

What's New

The 2010 Cadillac CTS gets a new base engine that produces more horsepower and returns slightly better fuel economy. The CTS can also be equipped with an Eco Lux Collection, which increases fuel economy to 30 mpg highway.

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PROS

Roomier cabin than similarly priced rivals, elegant cabin, nifty gadgets, capable and secure handling, available all-wheel drive.

Introduction

What is an American luxury car? For years, the answer was a no-brainer: body length measured in yards, enough chrome to be spotted from space, sofa-on-wheels suspension tuning and the sort of eye-catching styling that made kids wave from their bikes on the curb. But the 2010 Cadillac CTS continues to redefine what an American luxury car can be in the 21st century. At once distinctly American and wholly competitive with premium brands from around the globe, the CTS shows that Cadillac's old "Standard of the World" tagline may have some contemporary relevance.

With competition that prioritizes performance and handling but an American heritage that dictates comfortable ride quality, the CTS successfully toes the line between both (though by how much depends on your suspension choice). Perhaps more importantly, though, the CTS features the sort of eye-catching styling that just might draw the eyes of today's youth away from their Nintendo DS. This carries on inside, where the stylish dual-cowl dash contrasts sharply with the stark cabins of its European competitors.

New for 2010 is a Sport Wagon model (covered in a separate review) and a 3.0-liter direct-injected V6, which replaces the old 3.6-liter base engine. Fuel economy remains about the same, but output has been increased to a healthy 270 horsepower, though torque drops to 223 pound-feet (from 252 lb-ft). This entry-level motor gets the job done at its lower price point, but if you can swing the extra payment, the 306-hp V6 is still the way to go.

The 2010 Cadillac CTS is the best yet, but it still has some faults. Though not necessarily indicative of all models, a CTS sedan we had in our long-term test fleet displayed inconsistent build quality and annoying electronic hiccups. Some drivers may also find the CTS's awkward driving position and compromised rear visibility to be deal breakers. Nor is the handling quite as sharp as other sport sedans like the Acura TL SH-AWD, Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Infiniti G37 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Hyundai's Genesis, meanwhile, offers similar levels of luxury at a cheaper price.

There's clearly a lot to consider in this luxury segment. For Cadillac, the CTS is one giant leap in the right direction. Consumers shopping for an entry-level luxury sedan will certainly want to give it consideration, especially if the idea of owning a modern American luxury car holds additional appeal.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2010 Cadillac CTS is a five-passenger midsize luxury sedan. Trim levels are 3.0 base, 3.0 Luxury, 3.0 Performance, 3.6 Performance and 3.6 Luxury.

Standard equipment on the 3.0 includes 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, premium vinyl "leatherette" upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and an eight-speaker CD stereo with an auxiliary audio jack and satellite radio.

The 3.0 Luxury adds an eight-way power passenger seat, heated front seats, driver memory functions, leather upholstery, a wood-and-leather steering wheel, interior ambient lighting, Bluetooth and a six-CD changer. The Eco Lux Collection (available on the 3.0 Luxury sedan only) alters the car's aerodynamics and tires to achieve 30 mpg highway.

The CTS 3.0 Performance has the Luxury's equipment plus 18-inch wheels, performance brakes, upgraded FE2 sport-tuned suspension, a limited-slip rear differential and adaptive HID headlamps. The 3.6 Performance adds a bigger V6 engine and a 10-speaker surround-sound stereo with digital music storage and a USB/iPod audio interface.

The Luxury Level Two package can be added to the Performance trims and includes rear parking sensors, a split-folding rear seat, heated and cooled front seats, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, keyless ignition/entry and remote engine start. The 3.6 Premium has the Level Two equipment plus a panoramic sunroof (optional on all other CTS models), a back-up camera and a hard-drive-based navigation system with real-time traffic and weather. The camera and navigation system are optional on all but the base CTS. The 19-inch Summer Tire Performance package available on 3.6 models adds 19-inch wheels, summer tires, an upgraded FE3 performance suspension and enhanced power steering.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2010 Cadillac CTS is available with two V6 engines. Rear-wheel drive and a six-speed manual are standard with both, while a six-speed automatic and all-wheel drive are separately optional. The 3.0-liter V6 produces 270 hp and 223 lb-ft of torque. It returns fuel economy of 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined.

The 3.6-liter V6 produces 304 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Its estimated fuel economy is 18/27/21. In performance testing, this engine with the automatic propelled a rear-wheel-drive CTS sedan from zero to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds.

Safety

The CTS's standard safety features include antilock disc brakes, traction control, stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and GM's OnStar emergency communications system.

In government crash testing, the CTS sedan was awarded a perfect five stars for side protection. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the sedan was awarded the best rating of "Good" in frontal-offset and side impact testing.

In brake testing, the CTS 3.6 Premium with FE2 suspension and all-season tires came to a stop from 60 in a solid 117 feet. With the 19-inch wheels and summer tires, that distance drops to a very impressive 109 feet.

Interior Design and Special Features

A pleasing mix of available wood accents, tasteful alloy trim and a stitched soft-touch dash covering make the Cadillac CTS interior one of the most elegant designs in its class. The optional navigation screen retracts into the dash, but leaves the top inch visible as the touchscreen display for the audio system -- a slick touch.

We have a few nits to pick, however. The driving position is awkward for many, thanks to awkwardly offset pedals and the knee-room-robbing (though quite attractive) swoop of the center stack. Outward visibility to the rear is poor. Overall interior room is quite good and better than most competing models, but rear-seat access can be a bit tricky due to a low rear roof line. Comfort front and back isn't ideal due to seatbacks that are a little hard and shapeless. Loading bulky items into the 13.6-cubic-foot trunk is hampered by a narrow opening. Golfers will struggle to fit their clubs width-wise in the trunk.

Driving Impressions

On the road, the 2010 Cadillac CTS is very stable and copes well with quick directional changes. The steering is nicely weighted and precise. Overall, this Cadillac offers an excellent ride and handling balance that gives the European sedans a run for their money, especially when equipped with the sport-tuned suspension. That said, the larger CTS lacks the nimbleness of cars like the BMW 3 Series and Infiniti G37. On the other hand, those looking for a more traditional Cadillac ride may find the FE2 suspension that's standard on the 3.0 Performance and 3.6 trims to be too firm.

Though the new direct-injected 3.0-liter V6 is a competent base-level engine, keep in mind that its fuel economy is no better than that of the 304-hp 3.6-liter V6, and the latter's power delivery is far more authoritative. Particularly given that the CTS weighs more than rival sedans, the bigger engine is a worthy upgrade if you can swing the higher payment.

This Vehicle Includes These Added Value Features!

  • Bluetooth Connection
  • Climate Control
  • Heated Front Seat(s)
  • Leather Seats

Factory Installed Options

  • ENGINE, 3.0L V6 SIDI DOHC VVT

    • V6 Cylinder Engine
    • Gasoline Fuel

Standard Equipment at time of original manufacture release.

Convenience & Comfort

  • A/C
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Climate Control
  • Cruise Control
  • Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror
  • Driver Vanity Mirror
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Floor Mats
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Keyless Entry
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Mirror Memory
  • Multi-Zone A/C
  • Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
  • Passenger Vanity Mirror
  • Power Door Locks
  • Power Mirror(s)
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defrost
  • Remote Trunk Release
  • Security System
  • Steering Wheel Audio Controls
  • Telematics
  • Universal Garage Door Opener

Drivetrain & Engine

  • Gasoline Fuel
  • Rear Wheel Drive

Entertainment

  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Changer
  • CD Player
  • MP3 Player
  • Premium Sound System
  • Satellite Radio

Safety

  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • ABS
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Front Head Air Bag
  • Front Side Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag Sensor
  • Rear Head Air Bag
  • Rear Side Air Bag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control

Seat & Trim

  • Bucket Seats
  • Driver Adjustable Lumbar
  • Heated Front Seat(s)
  • Leather Seats
  • Pass-Through Rear Seat
  • Passenger Adjustable Lumbar
  • Power Driver Seat
  • Power Passenger Seat
  • Rear Bench Seat
  • Seat Memory
  • Woodgrain Interior Trim

Tires & Wheels

  • Tire Pressure Monitor

Value Added Features

  • Bluetooth Connection

Featured Equipment below have been confirmed on vehicle today. Additional equipment not listed may still be available.

Installed Features

  • Air bags, dual-stage frontal driver, dual-depth frontal passenger with passenger sensing system, driver and right-front passenger side impact and front and rear outboard head curtain (Head curtain side air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front and outboard rear seat occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air
  • Antenna, integral front and rear
  • Armrest, front center
  • Armrest, rear center with dual cup holders
  • Battery, maintenance-free with rundown protection
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
  • Cargo convenience net, trunk (Included in (Y44) Seating Package.)
  • Child seat restraint system
  • Console, floor with floor shifter, integral armrest, storage compartment and cup holders
  • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Defogger, rear-window electric with front and side window outlets for the driver and right-front passenger
  • Door locks, rear child security

 

  • Engine, 3.0L V6 SIDI DOHC VVT (270 hp [201 kW) @ 7000 rpm, 223 lb-ft of torque [302 Nm] @ 5700 rpm)
  • Exhaust, stainless-steel with chrome tips
  • Fuel gauge, analog
  • Glass, Solar-Ray light-tinted
  • Headlamps, halogen Tungsten, windshield wiper-activated with Twilight Sentinel and flash-to-pass feature
  • Instrumentation, analog with speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, oil pressure gauge, engine water temperature gauge and Driver Information Center
  • Lighting accent, LED spotlight with lighting pipes (Included in (Y40) Luxury Level One Package.)
  • Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming with OnStar controls
  • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and right-front passenger
  • Seat, rear pass-through, center armrest
  • Steering column, manual rake wheel and telescopic
  • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped rim with wood trim
  • Steering, power, rack-and-pinion

 

  • Sunroof, delete
  • Suspension, 4-wheel independent
  • Theft-deterrent system, vehicle, PASS-Key III
  • Tire Pressure Monitor System
  • Trunk release, power
  • Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Windows, power with front and rear Express-Down, front Express-Up and rear passenger lockout
  • Wipers, front intermittent with washers
  • Wood Trim Package with real Sapele wood on instrument panel, center console, door trim, steering wheel and shift knob
  • XM Radio XM Radio is standard on more than 50 2010 GM models, including three trial months of service. XM turns your world on with commercial-free music channels for virtually every music genre, all in amazing digital quality sound. Turn on your favorite sports, the biggest names in News,Talk and Comedy, family programming, exclusive concerts and original music series, wherever you go from coast to coast. Everything worth listening to is now on XM (XM service available only in the 48 c

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