You’ve likely read the reports that Cadillac‘s sales have experienced a slow-down as of late, but that’s not the fault of the car, which has received kudos from just about everyone. Motor Trend has a CTS Vsport as a long-term test car and the publication can vouch for its greatness.
Just as Motor Trend crowns a new Car of the Year champion, the author admits that he has taken the CTS Vsport — a former recipient of the award — for granted. His epiphany came about during a separation from the car while he was “breaking in a new long-term car that has none of the Cadillac’s creature comforts, though it is quite sporty.” A week after the separation, he was surprised how he felt at home in the CTS, with its lounge chair-like driver’s seat, quiet interior, and familiar controls. The ride quality is luxury-car fine with giving up little in handling and sportiness. In fact, it does the 0-60 sprint almost as fast as the Porsche 911 Carrera and the skidpad almost as well as the Audi R8 V8 − both highly respected sports cars.
What’s more, “the steering is quick and communicative, the chassis incredibly responsive, the transmission always in the game, and the power unimpeachable. I can pick a hole, squeeze the throttle, turn the wheel, and the Vsport responds exactly the way I want.” And yet the CTS Vsport exhibits the quiet luxury that Cadillac has excelled at, both now and in the pre-CTS days.
Perhaps the biggest endorsement from the MT editor is how well the CTS Vsport slides between luxury sedan to sport sedan without experiencing a metamorphosis. “All sedans should be this good to drive, both on the track and in traffic.”