2019 Cadillac CTS Sedan Performance

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2019 CTS Sedan Performance

The CTS is offered with three powerplants that are at the two opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of power delivery and refinement, but all have their fans. A low curb weight and a finely tuned chassis go a long way to make the CTS accelerate and corner with enough verve to put it close to the top of its class, something that Cadillac has been working towards for the best part of a decade, with the optional magnetic suspension contributing heavily towards that goal. If the outgoing CTS is anything to go on, its replacement will offer excellent performance, perhaps even enough to lure some back to the four-door sedan way of life. The Cadillac CTS delivers class-leading performance, especially in terms of road holding, and amongst fierce competition from the German staples, it can wear the sports sedan label with pride. Power is sent to the rear wheels in the base model, but AWD is available when you go up in the range. The most potent model in the CTS range, the CTS V-Sport, kicks out 420 hp from a twin-turbo V6 and will accelerate to sixty in only 4.4 seconds.

2019 CTS Sedan Performance Photos

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2019 Cadillac CTS Sedan Front View
2019 Cadillac CTS Sedan Rear View
2019 Cadillac CTS Sedan Engine Bay

Engine and Transmission

There are three engines to choose from; all offer strong performance, but the way they deliver their power couldn't be more different. The entry-level engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 265 hp and a healthy 295 lb-ft of torque. The four-pot delivers excellent mid-range torque but comes across as unrefined. Despite this, the 2.0-liter engine in the CTS produces more power than most of its rivals and out-accelerates its peers. The second engine choice in the CTS lineup is the trusty, all-motor 3.6-liter V6 which makes 335 hp and 285 lb-ft. The smaller turbocharged unit produces more torque, but the V6 is the more refined choice and delivers its power in a more linear fashion, but needs to rev out to get the same type of pull as the turbo engine. The best engine in the lineup by a country mile has to be the twin-turbo V6 that produces 420 hp and 430 lb-ft and turns the CTS into a serious sleeper. An eight-speed auto transmission does duty in all derivatives of the CTS and is responsive enough to make driving enjoyable, as long as you don't expect lightning-fast downshifts.

2019 Cadillac CTS Sedan Performance Specs:

Cadillac CTS Sedan TrimsCadillac CTS Sedan EnginesCadillac CTS Sedan HorsepowerCadillac CTS Sedan TransmissionsCadillac CTS Sedan DrivetrainsCadillac CTS Sedan MPG/MPGE
Standard2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas265 hp @ 5600 rpm8-Speed AutomaticAWD
RWD
24 MPG
25 MPG
Luxury2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
3.6L V6 Flex-fuel (FFV)
265 hp @ 5600 rpm
335 hp @ 6800 rpm
8-Speed AutomaticAWD
RWD
21 MPG
23 MPG
24 MPG
25 MPG
Premium Luxury3.6L V6 Flex-fuel (FFV)335 hp @ 6800 rpm8-Speed AutomaticAWD
RWD
21 MPG
23 MPG
V-Sport3.6L Turbo V6 Gas420 hp @ 5750 rpm8-Speed AutomaticRWD19 MPG
V-Sport Premium Luxury3.6L Turbo V6 Gas420 hp @ 5750 rpm8-Speed AutomaticRWD19 MPG

2019 CTS Sedan Gas Mileage

Gas mileage will vary due to the different choices of engines and drivetrain configurations. The most fuel-efficient CTS is the 2.0-liter turbo in RWD guise. It will return a figure of 22/30/25 mpg city/highway/combined. The AWD 2.0-liter takes a knock and achieves 21/29/24 mpg. The 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 is surprisingly light on gas and returns 19/29/23 mpg, but it will be harder to match those numbers in the real world. In AWD spec, the V6 gets 18/26/21 mpg, still not too bad for an old-school V6 that powers all four wheels. The twin-turbo V6 is the thirstiest of the bunch and consumes 16/24/19 mpg. The CTS gets a 19-gallon fuel tank which will see it driving for 418 miles in mixed conditions.

2019 Cadillac CTS Sedan Fuel Capacity

Cadillac CTS Sedan TrimsStandardLuxuryPremium LuxuryV-SportV-Sport Premium Luxury
Cadillac CTS Sedan Tank size13.7 gal.13.7 gal.13.7 gal.13.7 gal.13.7 gal.
Cadillac CTS Sedan Fuel Economy (Cty/Hwy)21/2918/2618/2616/2416/24
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