2012 Cadillac CTS Performance Specs

Cadillac CTS Sedan

2012 Cadillac CTS 3.6L Performance RWD Sedan powered by 3.6-liter V6 Gas Engine with 6-Speed Automatic transmission.

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Starting Price (MSRP)
3.6-liter V6 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Body Type
Seating capacity
5 seater
Trunk Volume
13.6 ft³
Fuel Economy
City: 18 MPG
Hwy: 27 MPG

Performance Specs

Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    3.6-liter V6 Gas
  • Horsepower
    318 hp @ 6800 rpm
  • Torque
    275 lb-ft @ 4900 rpm
  • Transmission
    6-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    Rear-Wheel Drive


  • Steering Type
  • Turning Diameter
    35.4 ft


  • Wheels Type
    Aluminum Wheels
  • Front Wheel Size
    18" x 8.0"
  • Rear Wheel Size
    18" x 8.0"


  • Front Suspension
    Independent SLA
  • Rear Suspension
    Independent multi-link


  • Front Tire
  • Rear Tire

Fuel and MPG

Fuel Economy

  • Combined
    21 MPG
  • City
    18 MPG
  • Highway
    27 MPG


  • CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
    8.9 Tons/yr
  • EPA rating

Fuel Tank

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    18 gallons
  • Cruising Range City
    324 miles
  • Cruising Range Highway
    486 miles

Dimensions and Measurement

Exterior Dimensions

  • Length
    191.3 in
  • Height
    58 in
  • Max Width
    72.5 in
  • Front Width
    62 in
  • Rear Width
    62.4 in
  • Wheelbase
    113.4 in

Interior Space

  • Seating Capacity
    5 seater
  • Front Seat Leg Room
    42.4 in
  • Front Seat Headroom
    38.8 in
  • Front Seat Shoulder Room
    56.7 in
  • Front Seat Hip Room
    53.7 in
  • Rear Seat Leg Room
    36.1 in
  • Rear Seat Headroom
    37.2 in
  • Rear Seat Shoulder Room
    54.7 in
  • Rear Seat Hip Room
    53 in

Weight and Towing

  • Curb Weight
    3,858 lbs

Cargo Space

  • Trunk Volume
    13.6 ft³

Colors and Materials

Standard Interior Materials

  • Cashmere/Cocoa, Leather Seating Surfaces
  • Ebony/Ebony, Leather Seating Surfaces
  • Light Titanium/Ebony, Leather Seating Surfaces

Features and Options


  • HD Radio
    Not Available
  • Bluetooth Connection
  • Hard Disk Drive Media Storage
    Not Available
  • Premium Sound System
    Not Available
  • Satellite Radio
  • Smart Device Integration
    Not Available
  • WiFi Hotspot
    Not Available
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
    Not Available
  • Entertainment System
  • MP3 Player
    Not Available

Interior Trim

  • Bucket Seats
    Not Available
  • Cloth Seats
  • Leather Seats
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Premium Synthetic Seats
  • Vinyl Seats
  • Woodgrain Interior Trim
  • Sun/Moonroof


  • Head-Up Display
    Not Available
  • Navigation System
    Not Available
  • Steering Wheel Audio Controls
  • Power Liftgate
    Not Available
  • Power Mirror(s)
  • A/C
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
    Not Available
  • Automatic Parking
    Not Available
  • Climate Control
  • Cooled Front Seat(s)
  • Cooled Rear Seat(s)
    Not Available
  • Cruise Control
  • Hands-Free Liftgate
    Not Available
  • Heated Front Seat(s)
  • Heated Rear Seat(s)
    Not Available
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Keyless Entry
  • Multi-Zone A/C
  • Power Driver Seat
    Not Available
  • Power Passenger Seat
  • Remote Engine Start
  • Remote Trunk Release
  • Seat Memory
  • Universal Garage Door Opener
  • Seat-Massage
    Not Available
  • Rear A/C
    Not Available
  • Keyless Start
  • Navigation from Telematics
  • Telematics

Additional Packages

19" (48.3 cm) All-Season Tire Package


includes (KB7) steering wheel-mounted Paddle Shift Controls,(Q2B) P245/45R19 all-season blackwall tires and (RT9) 19" x 8.5" (48.3 cm x 21.6 cm) polished wheels (Requires (Y42) 18" All-Season Tire Performance Package. (Q2B) P245/45R19 all-season blackwall tires replace (QKE) P235/50R18 V-rated all-season blackwall tires. (RT9) 19" x 8.5" polished wheels replace either (RT5) 18" x 8.5" aluminum wheels with premium multi-coat painted finish or (PZX) 18" x 8.5" aluminum wheels with high-polished finish. Not available with (Y43) 19" Summer Tire Performance Package, or (SE4) LPO, 18" chrome wheels.) 19" All-Season Tire Package Experience the athleticism of your CTS Sport Sedan to its fullest with this package, including: Paddle Shift controls on the steering wheel, putting the engine's 318 hp under your total fingertip command 19" wheels with 7 split, polished spokes, enhancing your vehicle's bold lines and forward-looking stance P245/45R19 all-season tires, for sure grip and quiet ride anytime

LPO, 18" (45.7 cm) chrome wheels


(Not available with (Y43) 19" Summer Tire Performance Package, (FE5) 19" All-Season Tire Package or (SFE) Wheel locks, LPO.) 18" chrome wheels (Dealer-installed) Break with convention and stamp the CTS Sport Sedan as uniquely yours with these dealer-installed 18" wheels. In gleaming chrome, the 10-spoke design looks substantial yet refined, perfectly complementing the dynamic CTS styling and accentuating the vehicle's bold stance.

LPO, CTS Vehicle Personalization Spoiler, clear tail lamps


(Requires exterior colors (GAN) Radiant Silver Metallic, (GBA) Black Raven, (GBE) Crystal Red Tintcoat, (GBN) White Diamond Tricoat, (GLK) Black Diamond Tricoat or (GTR) Opulent Blue Metallic. Not available with (SB3) LPO, Spoiler.) Vehicle Personalization spoiler (Dealer-installed) Add a stylish exclamation point to your CTS with this dealer-installed, body-colored spoiler. Its prominent, wing-like design rises high and extends fully across the rear deck, unmistakably marking the CTS as uniquely your own. Clear taillamps provide further distinction to the overall look. This feature requires exterior colors Radiant Silver Metallic, Black Raven, Crystal Red Tintcoat, White Diamond Tricoat, Black Diamond Tricoat or Opulent Blue Metallic. It is not available with the dealer-installed decklid spoiler, CTS Touring Package or exterior color Thunder Gray ChromaFair®.

LPO, Highway Safety Kit


includes first aid kit, PVC tape, cotton cloth, fuse kit, bungee cord, cotton gloves, flashlight, rain poncho, screwdriver, booster cables, pliers and Need Help banner Highway Safety Kit (Dealer-installed) Fear no ordinary roadside emergency when you pack this compact highway safety kit, available from your dealer. It includes booster cables, first aid supplies, fuse kit, bungee cord, cotton cloth for quick cleanups, cotton gloves, flashlight, rain poncho, screwdriver, pliers, PVC tape for a variety of uses, and a "Need Help" banner – just in case you can't get back on the road single-handed.

Luxury Level One Package

includes (UA6) theft-deterrent alarm system, (U2R) audio system, (UVC) Rear Vision Camera, (TSQ) accent lighting and (CE1) Rainsense wipers (Included and only available in (PDW) Performance Luxury Package. (U2S) AM/FM stereo with CD/DVD player and MP3 playback and Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround Sound 10-speaker system replaces (U2R) audio system, AM/FM stereo with 6-disc in-dash CD changer and MP3 playback and is upgradeable to (UAV) audio system with navigation, AM/FM stereo with CD/DVD player, MP3 playback, Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround Sound 10-speaker system and HDD-based navigation.) Luxury Level One Package Enjoy added peace of mind, outstanding sound quality and greater convenience with this package, which includes: Theft-deterrent alarm, designed to flash the lights and sound the horn during a break-in attempt Audio system with AM/FM stereo, 6-disc CD changer, MP3 playback and 8 Bose® speakers for more music choices and cabin-filling sound Rearview Backup Camera for greater confidence while backing up Interior ambient lighting, for illuminating LED spotlights on the inside door pulls and other frequently used areas Rainsense™ wipers for automatic, fuss-free adjustments of the blade speed while driving through variable showers

Luxury Level Two Package

includes (KB6) heated/ventilated front seats, (AM9) split-folding rear seat, (N38) power rake wheel and telescopic steering column, (ATH) Keyless Access-Passive Entry, (BTM) Keyless Access-Keyless Ignition, (K14) Automatic cabin odor filtration and (UD7) Rear Park Assist (Included and only available in (PDW) Performance Luxury Package.) Luxury Level Two Package Sophisticated, high-tech convenience and indulgent comfort reach new heights with this luxury package for your CTS Sedan, including: Heated and ventilated front seats, for welcoming warmth in winter and invigorating coolness in summer Power rake and telescoping steering column, for finding the perfect driving position for your steering wheel Keyless Access, for fumble-free entrances (even with your hands full) Keyless Ignition, for easy, push-button starts Ultrasonic Rear Park Assist, for added confidence in tight spots Air filtration system, for a fresher interior environment Split-folding rear seat, for added cargo-carrying versatility

Performance Luxury Package


includes (03F) Sapele Wood Trim Package, (Y40) Luxury Level One Package and (Y41) Luxury Level Two Package Performance Luxury Package Don't you deserve virtually every amenity in your CTS Performance Sedan? Besides the warm, natural accents of Sapele wood trim in the interior, this package gives you: Heated and ventilated front seats Heated power tilt and telescoping steering wheel Rainsense™ wipers Audio system with CD/DVD player (audio only), MP3 playback and Bose® 5.1 surround sound 10-speaker system Keyless Access Keyless Ignition Ultrasonic Rear Park Assist Rearview Backup Camera Air filtration system Theft deterrent system Interior ambient lighting Split-folding rear seat

Performance Package, 19" (48.3 cm) Summer Tire


includes (T4F) HID headlamps, (KB7) steering wheel mounted paddle shift controls, (T3U) fog lamps, (RT9) 19" x 8.5" (48.3 cm x 21.6 cm) polished wheels, (Q0M) P245/45ZR19 Y-rated performance summer tires, (V03) performance cooling system, (FE3) sport performance suspension, (G80) limited slip differential and (J55) performance brakes (Model 6DP69 only. Not available with (Y42) 18" All-Season Tire Performance Package or (FE5) 19" All-Season Tire Package (Model 6DP69 or 6DH69).) 19" Summer Tire Performance Package Pushing the boundaries of even the extraordinary, this package includes state-of-the-art technology to enhance visibility, emphasize behind-the-wheel control and intensify the driving experience: High-Intensity Discharge headlamps, which cast intense, whiter beams for improved down-the-road illumination and Adaptive Forward Lighting, which swivels the headlamps to light your way around curves and corners Fog lamps Paddle shift controls mounted on the steering wheel Sport performance suspension, for even crisper, more responsive handling Limited slip differential, for added go-power in slippery conditions Performance cooling system Performance brakes with larger rotors for strong, sure stops Y-rated P245/45ZR19 performance summer tires1, and 19" x 8.5" polished wheels with 7 split spokes This package is available on RWD Performance and Premium models only. 1 Summer tires tend to wear faster and are more susceptible to damage from road hazards or curb impact than standard profile tires. This type of damage is not covered by the GM New Vehicle Limited Warranty. You may want to get different tires if you expect to drive in winter conditions. See your dealer for proper tire selection.

Performance Preferred Equipment Group

includes standard equipment

Wood Trim Package

with real Sapele wood on instrument panel, center console, door trim, steering wheel (heated) and shift knob (Included and only available in (PDW) Performance Luxury Package.) Sapele Wood Trim Package Add the rich look and feel of wood accents to the interior of your CTS. Known for its gracefully whorled grain and lasting beauty so prized in fine guitars, Sapele wood lends an unmistakable warmth to the instrument panel, center console, door trim, steering wheel and shift knob. This feature is standard on Luxury and Premium Collections.


Safety Features

  • Back-Up Camera
  • Cross-Traffic Alert
    Not Available
  • Rear Parking Aid
  • Blind Spot Monitor
    Not Available
  • Lane Departure Warning
    Not Available
  • Lane Keeping Assist
    Not Available
  • ABS
  • Night Vision
    Not Available
  • Tire Pressure Monitor
  • Brake Assist
    Not Available
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control

US NHTSA crash test result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating


  • Driver Air Bag
  • Front Head Air Bag
  • Front Side Air Bag
  • Knee Air Bag
    Not Available
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Head Air Bag
  • Rear Side Air Bag
    Not Available
  • Seatbelt Air Bag
    Not Available


Warranty Summary

  • Basic
    4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion
    4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain
    5 Years / 100,000 Miles
  • Maintenance
    4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance
    5 Years / 100,000 Miles
  • Rust-Through
    6 Years / Unlimited Miles