Despite the strides Cadillac has made with the CTS over three generations, any media outlet will tell you there’s still room to improve the midsize luxury sedan. Before we detail what Automobile felt were the shortcomings of the CTS Vsport, let’s review why the Vsport is one of the greatest sport sedans on the market.
First and foremost, Blaine Heavener, lead development engineer for the ATS and CTS, benchmarked the E60 BMW 5 Series for the third-gen Cadillac CTS, something that deserves a round of applause no matter where you stand on Cadillac. The E60 was what BMW was all about and, arguably, the current-generation (F10) 5 Series lacks some of the magic.
The Vsport is also the most powerful CTS available, with the exception of the 2016 CTS-V, which will probably rock our world and change our definition of the word “fast”. That’s to say the CTS Vsport is an astounding vehicle thanks to its twin-turbo V6 LF3 and superb chassis. And, as Automobile points out, the CTS Vsport can make you look like a 1970s-era rally star with traction and stability control completely disabled. Snow-covered parking lots and autocross tracks: beware.
So, where does the Cadillac CTS Vsport come up short? In a few areas.
Notably, in-town comfort is a biggie. That CTS’ superb chassis may allow for a relentless conquering of mountain twisties, but Automobile believes it feels uneasy and has a tendency to crash over rough pavement areas (but then, which car in this class doesn’t?). The twin-turbo’s throttle and transmission mapping were also noted as negatives.
Auto park-assist also failed to impress, as the system resulted in a curbed a front wheel not once, but twice. We’re also not surprised the Cadillac CUE infotainment system ranks among the list of complaints. Automobile keeps it blunt and calls the system “simply not brilliant.” Still, time with the system makes it passable at best. Hopefully, Cadillac’s new focus on gauges and instrumentation will result in significant CUE improvements.
So even though the CTS Vsport impressed Automobile in the corners, the publication says it lacks in day-to-day livability. Overall, Automobile says the car is a great package, but lacks the finesse and minor details found in its German competitors. Even so, we can certainly say, Cadillac is not only on the right track, but also in the correct lane. It just needs to stay the course on the excellent third-gen CTS and make continuous improvements year in and year out.