2012 CADILLAC CTS Performance AWD Sedan

 

Details

  • Year: 2012
  • Make: CADILLAC
  • Model: CTS
  • Trim: Performance AWD
  • Bodystyle: Sedan
  • Doors: 4 Door
  • Mileage: 30,063 miles
  • Engine: 3.6L V6 F DOHC 24V / ALL WHEEL DRIVE
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Line: All-wheel Drive
  • Fuel Type: Regular Unleaded
  • Exterior Color: White
  • Interior Color: Beige
  • VIN: 1G6DM5E35C0125850
  • Model Code: 6DH69
  • Stock #: 11495G

Fuel Efficiency Rating

City MPG:
18
Hwy MPG:
27

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.


Included Packages

Radio: AM/FM Stereo w/Single-Slot CD/DVD/Nav
  • SIRIUSXM Satellite Radio
Wood Trim Package
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel Rim
Seating Package
  • 8-Way Power Passenger Seat Adjuster
  • 2-Way Power Driver/Front Passenger Lumbar Control
  • Memory Package
  • Heated Driver & Front Passenger Seats
  • Universal Home Remote
  • Trunk Cargo Convenience Net
  • Underhood Appearance Package
  • Remote Vehicle Start
  • Comments:
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    Leather / Heated Seating 
    Bose Premium Sound System 
    Xenon Headlamps 
    Navigation 
    ONE OWNER 
    AWD
    2012 CADILLAC CTS PERFORMANCE COLLECT
    1G6DM5E35C0125850
    SEDAN 4 DR 3.6L V6 F DOHC 24V
    ALL WHEEL DRIVE
    2012 Cadillac CTS

    The 2012 Cadillac CTS sedan offers shoppers an attractive blend of design, luxury and performance.

    Now in its fifth model year, the CTS is the luxury sedan that began Cadillac's design-led transformation when the car debuted as a 2003 model, and the second-generation car that launched for 2008 furthered the brand's push into the sport-sedan market.

    The CTS sedan starts at $36,810 (all prices include an $895 destination charge), but our test car was a high-end Premium model with a starting price of $49,185. With options, the as-tested price was $52,345. To see how the car's specs compare with models from Infiniti, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, click here.

    Styling


    The first-generation CTS set Cadillac on its current styling direction with its creased, angular shape, but the design philosophy really hit its stride with this second-generation car. Sharp edges create a look that's uniquely Cadillac, but the design isn't forced like it was in some places on the first-gen car.

    You also can get the CTS in coupe and wagon body styles, but the design looks best to my eye on the sedan. Its rear styling is the most cohesive with the front end, which doesn't differ much among body styles.

    The 2012 CTS gets new grille styling, but the changes are subtle and the overall shield shape that's become a familiar Cadillac design cue remains.

    Ride & Handling


    Our test CTS had the optional performance suspension, and the car felt as firm as one of the high-performance V-Series versions that Cadillac sells, with harsh, jarring responses over bumps. It's not far removed from the suspension tuning on Mercedes' AMG models, like the C63 AMG, which is a firm-riding sport sedan.

    The payback, however, is minimal body roll, which is welcome when the road bends. The performance suspension includes thicker front and rear stabilizer bars — as well as a limited-slip differential if you opt for summer tires — but the steering prevents the car from being as engaging as it might otherwise be; steering effort is light and steering feedback expectations remain unmet.

    Tires play a significant part in the ride and handling equation, which is why it was unfortunate that our rear-wheel-drive CTS arrived with Bridgestone Blizzak winter tires on its 19-inch wheels. With temperatures in the 50s, spring was well under way when we drove the car. The summer tires that are normally part of the optional Performance Package would have been a better match for the conditions.

    Engine & Transmission


    The CTS comes standard with a 3.0-liter V-6 engine, but our test car's optional 3.6-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission are a special pair among drivetrains. The transmission's shifts are unobtrusive, and it's always in the right gear for the driving situation. The automatic is also incredibly responsive; press down on the gas pedal and it downshifts immediately. A lot of automatics make you wait before kicking down, which makes it refreshing to drive one that's so attentive to the driver's wishes.

    The 3.6-liter V-6 has power in reserve for accelerating around other cars on the highway, and the transmission responsiveness remains. The sedan moves out well, and the V-6's mechanical growl sounds good in the process. This V-6 makes more power for 2012 — 318 horsepower, an increase of 14 hp — and is also 20 pounds lighter than its predecessor. The engine received a number of changes, including new cylinder heads with integrated exhaust manifolds, a composite intake manifold and lighter, stronger connecting rods.

    With the automatic transmission, the 3.6-liter V-6 is rated at an EPA-estimated 18/27 mpg city/highway. That's slightly better than the 2012 Infiniti M37's estimate of 18/26 mpg, but it trails the ratings for the 2012 BMW 535i (21/31 mpg) and the 2012 Mercedes-Benz E350 (20/30 mpg). However, unlike those three models, the CTS can run on regular gas as opposed to more expensive premium fuel. Only the supercharged CTS-V requires premium.

    Interior Quality & Comfort


    The CTS' cabin quality has held up well since this generation first hit the road as a 2008 model, and it's still competitive against newer entrants like the 535i and M37. Among the highlights are consistently applied premium materials including stitching on the dashboard and door trim, and smartly integrated features like an available navigation touch-screen that can rise from the dash or, when lowered, display a list of radio presets. The location of the air-conditioning controls at knee-level seemed a little curious, but it didn't take long to understand the logic of the setup; your hand falls right to the controls, so you barely need to move it to adjust the temperature.

    While the cabin is high on premium materials and luxury features, what it doesn't have in abundance is space. The front of the cabin is comfortable but snug, and the optional Recaro-brand sport seats — similar to those available in the CTS-V — contribute to the sensation with adjustable side bolsters that keep you locked down in corners.

    The Recaro bucket seats have adjustable lumbar support, but even with it backed off completely, you can still feel the curve of the backrest pushing against your lower back. It wasn't painful, but if you're sensitive to this kind of thing, it definitely warrants extra attention if you take the CTS for a test drive.

    The CTS sedan's bigger problem is backseat space. Despite being significantly larger on the outside than the redesigned BMW 3 Series sedan, the CTS' backseat feels smaller. I'm 6 feet 1 inch tall and didn't have enough legroom or headroom. It's not nearly as comfortable as a midsize four-door needs to be.

    Safety


    The CTS sedan performed well in crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It received the IIHS' 2012 Top Safety Pick designation, which is awarded to cars that receive Good scores in each of its four tests, as well NHTSA's five-star rating, the highest possible.

    Standard safety features include antilock brakes and an electronic stability system, which are required on cars beginning with 2012 models. Also standard are side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags for both rows and active front head restraints. GM's emergency communications system, OnStar, includes one year of complimentary service that has features like automatic crash notification, stolen car assistance and the ability to remotely unlock the doors.

    A backup camera and rear parking sensors are optional. For a list of safety features, check out the Features & Specs page, or see how well child-safety seats fit in the CTS Car Seat Check.

    CTS in the Market


    It's hard to overstate what the CTS has meant to Cadillac from a design and performance perspective. It's been the cornerstone of the brand's reinvention over the past decade and has come to represent the modern Cadillac image.

    The CTS checks most of the boxes it needs to in the luxury sport sedan segment with its distinctive design, upscale interior and refined 3.6-liter V-6 drivetrain. That said, discerning handling enthusiasts will get more enjoyment from the more expensive BMW 5 Series.

Included Packages

Radio: AM/FM Stereo w/Single-Slot CD/DVD/Nav
  • SIRIUSXM Satellite Radio
Wood Trim Package
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel Rim
Seating Package
  • 8-Way Power Passenger Seat Adjuster
  • 2-Way Power Driver/Front Passenger Lumbar Control
  • Memory Package
  • Heated Driver & Front Passenger Seats
  • Universal Home Remote
  • Trunk Cargo Convenience Net
  • Underhood Appearance Package
  • Remote Vehicle Start

Additional Options

  • Power Sunroof
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Power Windows
  • CD player
  • Leather Interior
  • Power Adjustable Seat
  • Power Steering
  • Power Seat
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Climate Control
  • Rear View Camera
  • Premium Audio
  • Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)
  • Trip Odometer
  • Xenon Headlights
  • Power Door Locks
  • Power Brakes
  • Cruise Control
  • Power Mirrors
  • All Wheel Drive
  • Cup Holder
  • Power-Assist Disc Brakes
  • Traction Control System
  • Engine: 3.6L Variable Valve Timing V6 DI
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
Convenience Features
  • 1-touch down
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Air conditioning
  • Garage door transmitter
  • Front beverage holders
  • Illuminated entry
  • Speed control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Memory seat
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Power windows
  • Passenger door bin
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Driver door bin
  • 1-touch up
  • Emergency communication system
Entertainment Features
  • Diversity antenna
  • Radio data system
  • DVD-Audio
  • Wireless phone connectivity: Bluetooth
  • MP3 decoder
  • AM/FM radio: SiriusXM
  • Speakers: 10
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Internal memory capacity (GB): 40 GB
  • CD player
Seats and Trim
  • Leather shift knob
  • Heated front seats
  • Max seating capacity: 5
  • Rear seats: bench
  • Front seats: bucket
  • Front center armrest: w/storage
  • Power passenger seat
  • Power driver seat
  • Leather upholstery
  • Rear seat center armrest
Specs and Dimensions
  • Compression ratio: 11.50 to 1
  • Engine horsepower: 318hp @ 6,800RPM
  • Front headroom: 986mm (38.8")
  • Rear legroom: 916mm (36.1")
  • Turning radius: 5.6m (18.3')
  • Passenger volume: 2,775L (98.0 cu.ft.)
  • Exterior height: 1,473mm (58.0")
  • Front shoulder room: 1,430mm (56.3")
  • Wheelbase: 2,880mm (113.4")
  • Exterior body width: 1,842mm (72.5")
  • Towing capacity: 454kg (1,000lbs)
  • Engine bore x stroke: 94.0mm x 85.6mm (3.70" x 3.37")
  • Rear hiproom: 1,346mm (53.0")
  • Air Pollution Score (AP): 6
  • Rear headroom: 945mm (37.2")
  • Greenhouse Gas Score (GG): 4
  • Front legroom: 1,078mm (42.4")
  • Interior maximum cargo volume: 385 L (14 cu.ft.)
  • Exterior length: 4,859mm (191.3")
  • Engine displacement: 3.6 L
  • Engine torque: 275 lb.-ft. @ 4,900RPM
  • Rear shoulder room: 1,390mm (54.7")
  • Interior cargo volume: 385 L (14 cu.ft.)
  • Front hiproom: 1,365mm (53.7")
Body Exterior
  • Tailpipe finisher: chrome
  • Door mirrors: body-color
  • Rear cargo: trunk
  • Power door mirrors
  • Bumpers: body-color
  • Heated door mirrors
Powertrain
  • Fuel economy city: 18mpg
  • Horsepower: 318hp @ 6,800RPM
  • Fuel economy highway: 27mpg
  • Transmission: 6 speed automatic
  • Variable valve control
  • Engine liters: 3.6
  • Fuel tank capacity: 18.0gal.
  • Cylinder configuration: V-6
  • Engine location: front
  • Recommended fuel: regular unleaded
  • Torque: 275 lb.-ft. @ 4,900RPM
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Drive type: all-wheel drive
  • Number of valves: 24
Safety and Security
  • Traction control
  • Brake assist
  • Electronic stability
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • ABS brakes
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • Panic alarm
  • Overhead airbag
  • Ignition disable
Suspension/Handling
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Sport suspension
  • Alloy wheels
Lighting, Visibility and Instrumentation
  • Tachometer
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Trip computer
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Outside temperature display
  • High intensity discharge headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • Front reading lights
  • Compass
  • Voltmeter
  • Rear reading lights
* While every reasonable effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, we are not responsible for any errors or omissions contained on these pages. Please verify any information in question with Ramsey Corp..
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