2012 Cadillac CTS

The 2012 Cadillac CTS is full of a variety of features and offers a sleek, yet functional design. This vehicle handles well and is designed for performance driving.

It appeals to drivers of all ages, but the price is generally more suitable for individuals who are able to spend more. There are a lot of options available, but the regular package does offer everything a driver could need.


General Info
Vehicle Type: Sedan Base Price: $35,915.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18 gallons (68l) MPG: 16 city / 26 hwy
Length: 191.3 in. (485.9 cm) Wheel Base: 113.4 in. (288 cm)
Height: 58 in. (147.3 cm) Width: 72.5 in. (184.1 cm)
Curb Weight: 3854 lbs (1748 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 13.6 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Engine: Direct Injection V6 VVT RWD Displacement: 3.0 Liter
Horsepower: 270 HP Max RPM: 7000 RPM
Torque: 223 lb-ft @ 5700 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
Available Trims & Engine
Option:Luxury MSRP: $39,050; MPG: 18 city / 26 hwy
Option:Performance MSRP: $42,290; MPG: 18 city / 27 hwy
Option:Premium MSRP: $48,290; MPG: 18 city / 27 hwy

Engine Performance

A 3.0L direct injection V6 VVT engine comes standard with all CTS models with an option for the 3.6L 318 HP. The transmission is a 6-speed automatic and there is battery rundown protection included. The anti-lock brakes offer safe driving and the drivetrain have rear-wheel drive. An electronic parking brake is also built in, which is a switch that makes it easy to engage when it’s needed.

Sport suspension, traction control and a stability enhancement system are all included as well. The estimated fuel economy in the city is 18 MPG and on the highway it’s 27 MPG. The tank capacity is 18 gallons of fuel total.


The tires on this car are 18″ all-season and have multi-coated painted wheels. Daytime running lamps are included, as are halogen Tungsten headlamps. Heated outside mirrors offer better visibility in all weather conditions and front intermittent washers with wipers come included as well.

The dark-accented grille and optional rear spoiler add a sporty touch to this luxury car. Colors available include: white diamond tri-coat, crystal red tint coat, black raven and several others.


The audio system includes 8 Bose speakers and can play both MP3s and CDs. SiriusXM Satellite Radio is also included with all models. The rearview mirror automatically dims to reduce glare when driving at night. Automatic dual-zone climate control allows both the passenger and driver to control the temperature on their side of the vehicle.

The steering wheel is leather-wrapped and has controls for audio mounted onto it. Rear park assist activates when the car is shifted into reverse and warns the driver when they are too close to something. The split-folding rear seat creates more room in the back to help drivers fit large items they need to transport.


Dual-stage front air bags for both the passenger and driver are standard. There is also a passenger sensing system that determines if the front air bag needs to be on or off. There are front and rear outboard head curtain air bags along with front seat side-impact air bags.

A child seat restraint system is included to keep children of all ages safe, even during collisions. OnStar is also included for drivers that want added safety and security while driving. Other safety features include: StabiliTrak, tire pressure monitoring system and traction control.


Roomy cabin for people of all sizes.
Child friendly seats that is easy to adjust.
High tech features.
Elegant design with the Cadillac name.
Design that drivers of all ages can enjoy.


Price is a bit expensive for some buyers.
Difficult rear visibility for some individuals.
Uncomfortable seating position while driving.
Similar to other vehicles that are lower in price.


A tight race is what the luxury sedan is all about. Other models the CTS has been matched up against include the XTS, also from Cadillac (MSRP $44,075; 17 city / 28 hwy), along with the 4 cylinder the BMW 528i (MSRP $47,795; 23 city / 34 hwy), BMW 3 Series (MSRP $36,500; 23 city / 34 hwy) and the Audi A6 (MSRP $42,200; 25 city / 33 hwy).

Overall Rating
80 out of 100

What others say:

“The 2012 Cadillac CTS Coupe and Sedan can be a little tight inside, and the front seats aren’t perfect, but the Sport Wagon makes great use of the footprint.”Car Connection

“Steering feel is precise, and lean in corners is well checked, though this Cadillac doesn’t feel quite as agile in quick transitions as its rivals. Brake feel and performance are impressive on all models.”Consumer Guide

“The CTS is as capable as its German rivals. It has a firm yet supple ride and steers nicely.”MSN Auto-ConsumerReports

“Through twisty two-lanes, fast freeways, urban congestion and mixed-speed suburban sprawl, we came to appreciate the 2012 Cadillac CTS’ responsive steering, world-class roadholding and powerful brakes.”KBB

“Roomier cabin than similarly priced rivals; elegant interior design; nifty gadgets; capable and secure handling; excellent safety scores…Not as nimble as similarly priced rivals; sport suspensions may be too firm for some; poor rear visibility; awkward driving position.”Edmunds