Tuesday, September 16, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Cadillac CTS takes on BMW, Mercedes

By
From page C1 | May 30, 2014 |

A dozen years after its start as an edgy, luxury sedan, the mid-size Cadillac CTS is evolving into a handsome, less edgy and decidedly German-feeling car with improved handling.

For 2014, the CTS is longer and lighter weight than before and even embraces — and smartly deploys — turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines.

The base, rear-wheel drive, 2014 CTS now has a turbocharged four cylinder with 272 horsepower — more than the 240 horses produced by the turbo four cylinder that’s in the base, 2014 BMW 528i. The base CTS has more torque, too, and it comes on earlier than in the 528i.

The 321 horses produced by CTS sedan’s 3.6-liter, naturally aspirated, direct injection V-6 are more than the 302 from the gasoline V-6 that’s in the 2014 Mercedes E350 sedan.

And, the 420 horsepower from the CTS twin-turbo, direct injection V-6 is more than the 402 horsepower that the E550 gets from its larger-displacement V-8. This twin-turbo CTS VSport, as it’s called, was clocked at 4.4 seconds from zero to 60 miles per hour, which bests the E550.

Despite the impressive performance, do not confuse the VSport with the CTS-V. The 2014 CTS-V remains in the lineup with supercharged V-8 delivering more than 550 horsepower.

The improvements to the “regular” CTS, though, are big news for 2014, especially considering the 2014 CTS has some lower starting retail prices than its German competitors.

Plus, with 10 air bags — more than the German competitors — and Stabilitrak stability control and a host of other safety features, the CTS earned top, five out of five stars in federal government frontal and side crash testing.

Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, of $46,025 is for a base, 2014 CTS sedan with 272-horsepower, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine and six-speed, automatic transmission.

In comparison, the starting MSRP, including destination charge, for a 2014 BMW 528i with turbo four cylinder and eight-speed automatic is $50,425. Mercedes’ 2014 E350 sedan with 302-horsepower V-6 and seven-speed auto starts at $52,825, while the higher-powered 2014 CTS sedan with 321-horsepower, naturally aspirated V-6 and eight speed auto is $54,625.

Meantime, the 2014 CTS sedan with 420 horsepower, twin turbocharged, direct injected V-6 and eight-speed automatic has a starting MSRP, including destination charge, of $59,995. It comes only in rear-wheel drive.

This compares with $62,325 for a 2014 Mercedes E550 with 402-horsepower V-8, seven-speed, automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

Note that the base, 2014 528i and 2014 E350 come with automatic start/stop that turns off the engine to save fuel when the car is braked. The CTS does not.

Standard on all CTS sedans are push-button start, keyless entry, electroluminescent gauges, paddle shifters, steering wheel-mounted controls for phone, audio and cruise control and premium sound system.

Every CTS sedan also has the CUE information and entertainment system with 8-inch color display screen and voice recognition as well as universal garage and gate opener buttons and sport suspension.

CUE stands for Cadillac User Experience, and this system, where drivers touch virtual buttons on the display screen and then feel a slight, buzzy vibration at the fingertip to convey that the command was received, is different from most others.

As the third generation CTS, the 2014 car grew 4.2 inches in overall length. Its roofline and dashboard cowl are lower than the predecessor’s, though passengers ride at a comfortable height.

Remarkably, the new CTS is light on its feet, with the base car with turbo four weighing just 3,600 pounds. The four-cylinder 528i weighs some 200 pounds more.

The test 2014 CTS VSport Premium felt neither flighty nor heavy but appropriately weighted for safety and stability without extra heft. The car moved strongly and purposefully in city and highway traffic, never getting unsettled, even in emergency, obstacle-avoidance maneuvers.

This uplevel CTS included the refined and well-known Cadillac Magnetic Ride Control in its suspension, so the body stayed controlled in sweeping curves and quick turns.

But the ride over road bumps wasn’t punishing in Touring mode. Sport mode dialed in a more aggressive suspension setting.

Eighteen-inch, summer performance tires maintained a strong grip in the curves and conveyed road feel to the driver without harshness.

Brakes, with Brembos in the front, slowed the CTS quickly and strongly, with the brake pedal having a progressive response.

The electric, variable, power-assisted steering in the test car, however, was inconsistent. On different days and different roads, front wheels pulled to the right for a while as if tires were misaligned or wearing. Then, the steering system seemed to compensate for it and the steering became fine.

Power came on strongly with just a hint of a lag, and the CTS moved eagerly even on long uphill highway climbs.

Peak torque from the twin turbo V-6 is 430 foot-pounds starting at 3,500 rpm and was so fun to use, the combined city/highway fuel economy went from nearly 20 miles per gallon to 16.6 mpg. This compares with the federal government’s estimate of 18 mpg. With a 19-gallon fuel tank, range is some 340 miles.

The back seat of the CTS is a tight fit for three adults, but two do OK.

Legroom is 35.4 inches, which is 0.4 inch less than in the E350.

Passengers entering via the back doors may notice the back seat cushions sit atop a raised section, because the carpeted front of this section sticks out at the front of the cushions. It’s not necessarily an attractive look.

With sales up 6.5 percent in the first four months of 2014, CTS is a bright spot for Cadillac, whose overall U.S. sales are down 4.4 percent in the period.

2014 Cadillac CTS Sedan 3.6L Twin Turbo VSport Premium

BASE PRICE: $45,100 for 2.0L Turbo; $53,700 for 3.6L; $59,070 for 3.6L Twin Turbo VSport; $69,070 for 3.6L Twin Turbo VSport Premium.

PRICE AS TESTED: $70,990.

TYPE: Front-engine, rear-wheel drive, five-passenger, luxury, mid-size sedan.

ENGINE: 3.6-liter, double overhead cam, twin-turbocharged, direct injection V-6 with VVT.

MILEAGE: 16 mpg (city), 24 mpg (highway).

TOP SPEED: NA.

LENGTH: 195.5 inches.

WHEELBASE: 114.6 inches.

CURB WEIGHT: 3,959 pounds.

BUILT AT: Lansing, Mich.

OPTIONS: Black Diamond Tricoat exterior paint $995.

DESTINATION CHARGE: $925.

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

 
Police enlist help to find armed bandit

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A5, 2 Comments | Gallery

 
Chamber PAC draws candidates to Jelly Belly

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Police catch 10 during weekend checkpoint

By Glen Faison | From Page: A5

 
Weather for Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

By Daily Republic staff | From Page:

Coastal Cleanup Day targets local waterways

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Drama reigns supreme with week’s film debuts

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A7

 
Judge questions juror in Calkins case

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A5

Suisun City slaying suspect case moves forward

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A5

 
Touro University to host Zombie Run/Walk

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A5

Land trust organizes Rockville Trails Preserve hike

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A5

 
.

US / World

6 killed, 15 wounded in east Ukraine city

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Afghan suicide bomber kills 3 foreign troops

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
State Sen. Wright resigns after voter fraud case

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Gazans rush to enjoy life after ruinous war

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Decades later, Vietnam soldiers get Medal of Honor

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

Mystery airstrikes target Libyan Islamist militias

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in US war strategy

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Generation gap: Young Scots favor independence

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

 
Police: Rifle used to ambush Pennsylvania troopers

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Hurricane Odile slams Mexico’s Baja California

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

 
House GOP moves ahead on Syrian rebel training

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Kerry: US open to talks with Iran on Islamic State

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

 
Poll: Voters support legal path for immigrants

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Man suspected of firing on kids at ice cream truck

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
NASA inspector blasts asteroid protection program

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Officials disclose Delaware funeral home Jonestown remains

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Southern California swelters in heat wave

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Northern California wildfire burns 100 homes

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

 
9 hurt in crash on SF Bay Area freeway

By The Associated Press | From Page:

PG&E officials removed for improper communications

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Chicago, NY, Hawaii on Obama library’s short list

By The Associated Press | From Page: , 1 Comment | Gallery

Powerful Washington lobbyist Boggs dies at 73

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
.

Opinion

 
Column focus on campaign signs misplaced

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A11, 2 Comments

.

Living

Community Calendar: Sept. 16, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page:

 
.

Entertainment

Apple releases tool to remove free U2 album

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Cat Stevens announces brief US concert tour

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

Forward-thinking U2 innovating while entertaining

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

 
Revamped ‘View’ begins its daytime run

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

Clooney to receive HFPA’s Cecil B. DeMille Award

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Exhibition looks at genius of carousel inventor

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

Miss America: More to worry about than red cup

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

 
Protocol followed in detention of actress

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

Jean Paul Gaultier to stop making ready-to-wear

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane sentenced in assault

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Bob Crewe, ‘Walk Like a Man’ writer, dead at 83

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
TVGrid Seot 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

.

Sports

Diamondbacks knock off Giants 6-2

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Prep boys soccer: Vanden wins, Armijo ties, VCS falls

By Daily Republic staff | From Page:

Prep volleyball: VCS swept by Woodland Christian

By Daily Republic staff | From Page:

 
Foles leads Eagles to 30-27 win against Colts

By The Associated Press | From Page:

This date in sports history for Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Cardinals manager can relate to Stanton incident

By The Associated Press | From Page:

As troops exit, Britain aids soccer in Afghanistan

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
US uses big third quarter to pull away from Canada

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Backup QBs make their marks in Week 2

By Barry Wilner | From Page:

 
NFL, union close to finalizing new drug policy

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Tanaka 5 scoreless innings in instructional league

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Mets rookie deGrom ties K mark; Marlins win 6-5

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Papelbon suspended 7 games by MLB

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Dream Team, Barcelona Games continue to impact NBA

By The Associated Press | From Page:

US basketball reigns in Spain, awaits Rio Olympics

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
AP Source: Raiders to sign WR Vincent Brown

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Raiders embarrassed after 0-2 start

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Redskins optimistic RG3 will return this season

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Pistorius free to compete, SA Olympic body says

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Woods says strength is back, but not swing

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Domestic violence experts added as NFL advisers

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Union expects to file Rice appeal Tuesday

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Vikings bring back Peterson despite abuse charge

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Patriots still not quite right with ball

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Harbaugh: McDonald’s legal process must play out

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

 
.

Business

US wealth gap putting the squeeze on state revenue

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Speculation swirls over Fed language on rate hike

By The Associated Press | From Page:

GM expert says 19 deaths eligible for compensation

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Once-troubled reverse mortgages poised for rebound

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Apple: Record 4M orders of iPhones on 1st day

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
‘Minecraft’ could boost Microsoft’s mobile reach

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Stocks mixed ahead of Fed; small companies slump

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
.

Obituaries

Minnie Lee Dixon

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Baby Blues Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Get Fuzzy Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Blondie Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Peanuts Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Sudoku Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Baldo Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Zits Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Sally Forth Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Crossword Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Beetle Bailey Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

For Better or Worse Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Pickles Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Dilbert Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Bridge Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Garfield September 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Frank and Ernest Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Word Sleuth Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Rose is Rose Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Wizard of Id Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
B.C. Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Cryptoquote Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5