If anyone needs a reminder Cadillac builds some pretty darn good sedans, the CTS is it. Born years ago from the failed Catera, the CTS has become almost as synonymous as Escalade with the brand, mostly due to the bonkers CTS-V variant that has terrorized Mercedes-AMG and BMW’s M division for years.
Now, as buyers flock to crossovers, every automaker is taking a hit on its sedans. It’s a shame because we’re likely looking at the sedan’s tipping point. The most recent comparison test from Car and Driver reiterates this, and the 2017 Cadillac CTS V-Sport found a lot of love from editors.
Of each executive sedan brought in for the comparison — a Jaguar XF, Audi A6, BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class — the Cadillac is the one that put the “sport” in sport sedan. The CTS V-Sport came alive in the hands of drivers, offering engagement and fun factor not found in the BMW, Audi or Jaguar.
The love netted it a second place finish.
Why second? Because the CTS V-Sport is still more “sport” than “luxury” sedan in its execution. Build quality showed signs of trouble in the test vehicle; road and wind noise was pumped in more than any contender and the V6 was less refined as others in the stable.
We honestly look forward to what Cadillac’s reboot of the CTS and ATS will hold. These are already incredible driver’s cars. With a little more luxury, ATS and CTS could be real home runs.