• Intuitive Controls
  • Handsome design
  • Powerful engines
  • Poor outward visibility
  • Still chasing the 3 Series
SUM UP One of the best American cars ages gracefully.

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for CTS in 2013

There isn’t much news for 2013, as an all-new CTS is due for 2014. Non-V models receive yet another subtle tweak to the grille, adaptive vehicle remote starting is standard, and there are three new exterior colors: glacier blue metallic, summer gold metallic, and silver coast metallic. Glacier blue is also an option on the 2013 CTS-V sedan and coupe, and two-piece brake rotors are now standard...more

Overview

Three body styles are available—sedan, coupe, and wagon—and all can be had in regular CTS form or in ludicrous but intoxicating CTS-V trim. There are two V-6 engines available: a 3.0-liter unit in the sedan and wagon and a very capable 3.6-liter V-6 available in all three body styles. The 3.6-liter can be found throughout GM’s vehicle lineup, and that’s not a bad thing—its power delivery is smooth and linear and it returns good fuel economy. For those who have a need for speed, look to the CTS-V. Using a modified version of the 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 in the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Brembo brakes, nineteen-inch forged aluminum wheels, and adjustable magnetic dampers, the CTS-V is one of the best cars to come out of Detroit. The tailpipes of the CTS-V—large, chrome, and center-mounted on the V coupe—emit a guttural, growling exhaust note that will let passersby know that this is not your father’s Cadillac. In any form, the CTS is a credible player in the sport luxury market, thanks to its crisp, distinct design and a level of quality, fit, and finish that had long been missing on products from domestic automakers. Supple french-stitched leather, soft LED lighting, and intuitive controls live in harmony in the well-crafted cabin.

Safety

Standard equipment includes front, side, and side curtain air bags; stability and traction control; Ultrasonic rear parking sensors (a backup camera is optional); OnStar telematics with automatic crash notification and emergency services; and a tire-pressure monitoring system. Blind-zone alert is standard on coupe models.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Cadillac CTS

  • Audi A4/A5
  • BMW 3 Series
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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2013 CTS Standard Equipment

Braking and Handling

  • Four Wheel ABS

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning

Convenience

  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Trunk/Liftgate
  • Power Windows
  • Vehicle Information Center

Interior

  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel

Safety

  • Auto Day/Night Mirror
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
  • Heated Outside Mirrors
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control

Seats

  • Folding Rear Seat

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  • Satellite Radio

Suspension

  • Sport Suspension

Technology

  • Blue Tooth Compatible
  • GPS/Satellite Communication
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