2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport: 420 Reasons to be Happy

By Denis Duquet
December 4, 2013
The Car Guide

The new Cadillac CTS is all grown up. Since its launch in 2002, this sedan has been targeting clients interested in the BMW 3 and 5 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C- and E-Class. Last yearís arrival of the new compact ATS, which is attacking luxury compacts (BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class) head on, has freed the CTS to do what it was meant to do: take on the best luxury mid-sizes in its class Ė the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class.

To battle with the big boys, the CTSí dimensions have been enhanced: itís 127 mm longer overall, and its wheelbase is 15 mm longer. Some style updates, namely a windshield that is anchored lower and a lower roof, give this car a sportier look. Of course, the body lines respect the style inspired by the US Air Forceís stealth planes. Sharp angles and vertical headlights give it a unique look that everyone seems to like. Take a gander at the ATS, CTS and XTS some time Ė thereís definitely a family resemblance.

If you still think that Cadillac passenger compartments mean soft rugs and an unremarkable dashboard, youíve got another think coming with this new Caddy! The dash has a unique and very stylized design. As on the outside of the vehicle, the angles are sharp. The centrepiece is a vertical console that features an integrated LCD screen in its upper section and a space for light touch controls below. Itíll take a little time to get used to these commands, but once you figure them out, youíll see that they are better than what you find in some competitorsí models. However, not everyone likes the CUE command system. Iím not terribly comfortable with this type of system in general, but, strangely, Iím not so bad with CUE.

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