Cadillac can be considered an underrated luxury brand. Despite carrying BMW M5 crushing credentials with the CTS-V and offering the most acclaimed luxury SUV ever with the Escalade, consumers with the cash seem to stick their noses up and walk towards the direction of German automakers. Because they’re German. However, it was a German magazine that recently awarded a Cadillac for perhaps one of its most overlooked and underrated offerings in its lineup: the all-wheel-drive system on the 2012 Cadillac CTS.
Voted by the readers of “Auto Bild Allrad” — a 4×4 enthusiast magazine spun off of the popular Auto Bild magazine — as the best non-domestic all-wheel-drive cars priced above 40,000 Euros. Rivals included the Bentley Continental F.S. (!) and the Volvo V70.
The AWD system of the CTS features a torque vectoring system, giving it the ability to distribute torque as needed between the front and rear axles, and even to individual wheels, increasing stability and handling at speed.