Yonkers, New York – The Cadillac CTS posted an “Excellent” overall score and outpointed competitors from Acura, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Lincoln in new tests of luxury sedans by Consumer Reports, although it received below-average ratings in reliability.

The magazine tested five luxury sedans for its February 2010 issue.

The CTS earned an “Excellent” overall road test score of 84, outdistancing the freshened versions of the Acura RL, which rated “Very Good” at 80 points, the redesigned Mercedes-Benz E350 and freshened Audi A6, both of which earned “Very Good” scores of 79, and the Lincoln MKS, which earned “Very Good” at 75 points.

The CTS trails only the Infiniti M35 among all luxury sedans Consumer Reports has tested in the category, but its below-average reliability prevents it from being a “Recommended” vehicle.

Of the five luxury sedans tested, only the Acura is recommended. The Mercedes-Benz is too new to have reliability data, and because the Audi A6 3.0T and MKS EcoBoost were tested with newly-introduced engines, their reliability cannot yet be predicted. To be recommended, a vehicle must perform well in tests, have at least average predicted reliability based on a survey of more than seven million subscribers, and perform at least adequately if crash-tested or included in a government rollover test.

In an “Auto Test Extra,” the magazine also tested the new Lexus HS 250h hybrid. It received an “Excellent” road test score of 83, slightly higher than the Toyota Prius.

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