First, let’s divulge how U.S. News and World Report compiles their Best Cars list. The outlet doesn’t take to the track, or even the streets in a multi-car comparison test. Instead, they compile research on reliability and safety and then take into account the car’s critical reviews from various other publications (though multiple outlets continue to praise the Cadillac CTS line about its driving prowess both on and off the track otherwise).
After this has been completed, the outlet then tallies everything up and presents the Best Cars list on somewhat of a scorecard. This time around, the Cadillac CTS just nudged the Lexus GS by .1 to take the top spot, being awarded Best Upscale-Midsize Car For Families.
A couple of the publications the outlet pulled for critical analysis were Left Lane News who said, “the polished, well-rounded CTS really has what it takes to match – and sometimes exceed – what the best luxury cars from all corners of the globe can offer”, and Consumer Guide who shared similar feelings saying, “the CTS is a strong competitor to more established upper-line models in the premium-midsize segment, with a bold design character that stands apart from its European rivals.”
Combined with the CTS’ superb safety track-record and a four out of five rating from J.D. Power for reliability, it snubbed other competitors such as the Mercedes E-Class, BMW 5-Series and Audi A6 for the award. Though, if it hasn’t been said enough, the Cadillac CUE system was the only real con the outlet could list for the car.
Besides that, the bountiful amenities, plethora of powertrain choices and decidedly gorgeous design allowed to CTS to walk away a winner this round.