February 23, 2014
2014 Cadillac CTS
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Despite a few glitches earlier in the week it seems that CTS has survived the torture test of a week with me behind the wheel — if only I could really torture the car without losing my license. The 3.8L V6 does make me smile as it makes a wonderful sound under hard acceleration and the paddle shifters help replicate that sound on downshifts as well.
I put a lot of kilometres on the car this week, close to 700 of them. Thankfully the CTS takes regular fuel that I was able to find for $1.20 a litre in the east end of the city (it’s $1.35 in the west end). Over the week I did do a lot of highway driving and averaged 10.0 L/100 km which is slightly better than I did in the 2.0L turbocharged ATS last week… odd.
Although I think the CTS has hit the mark in terms of luxury appointments and interior quality I’m a little dissatisfied with the ride quality which is a little on the firm side for a vehicle in this class. I’d like to test the CTS with the base 18-inch wheels for comparison as I have a feeling with the smaller wheels that sport a tire with more sidewall the ride would be more to my liking. Overall I would say that if one is shopping in the $75k snack bracket you would be doing yourself a disservice by not checking out a Cadillac showroom.