General Motors introduced the all-new third-generation Cadillac CTS for the 2014 model year, placing the four-door squarely in the midsize sedan segment to face off against rivals like the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and Lexus GS. The CTS nameplate was eventually discontinued following the 2019 model year, but now, the 2014 Cadillac CTS has been recognized by Kelley Blue Book as a top used luxury car under $20,000.
Among the attributes that Kelley Blue Book likes the most about the 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan is its “expressive design” and “impressive dynamics.” Engine options for the 2014 model year included the naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LFX, rated at 321 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, as well as the twin-turbo 3.6L V6 LF3, rated at 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque, the latter of which was mated to GM’s first-ever eight-speed automatic transmission. However, Kelley Blue Book suggests that buyers on a budget opt for a model equipped with the base-level turbocharged 2.0L I4 LTG gasoline engine, rated at 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. To note, the high-performance third-gen Cadillac CTS-V, offered for the 2016 through 2019 model years, was equipped with the supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4 gasoline engine, rated at 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque.
Under the body panels, the 2014 Cadillac CTS rides on GM’s RWD-based Alpha vehicle architecture. Inside the cabin space, customers were offered a total of eight available interior environments that included a plethora of high-end materials, such as wood trim, carbon fiber, and aluminum. Leather seating surfaces were also offered, as was optional full semi-aniline leather.
As for the infotainment spec, the 2014 Cadillac CTS was offered with an available 12.3-inch LCD instrument cluster display, while the CUE system handles infotainment duties. Standard spec included an 11-speaker Bose sound system, while an optional 13-speaker was also offered. Finally, safety and convenience tech features included Automatic Parking Assist, Front and Rear Automatic Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Safety Alert Seat technology.