A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Cadillac CTS

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The 2012 Cadillac CTS comes with high tech features and a large amount of standard equipment when compared to its Japanese and European counterparts. The CTS is available in wagon, coupe, and sedan models to fit the needs of every consumer.

Key Features

The Cadillac CTS gets 16 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. It has a 6 speed manual transmission with a 3.0 liter V6 engine. A six speed automatic is an optional feature on all of the models. The vehicle boasts 318hp and sits on 17 inch aluminum wheels.

New for 2012

New for this year is the V6 engine and 318 hp. New colors are available as well which include: Mocha Steel, Opulent Blue, and Black Diamond. The Bluetooth hands free phone is now standard and the vehicle has a blind spot warning for coupe models.

What We Like

The Cadillac CTS offers a smooth ride even on the roughest of surfaces. The cabin offers a quiet and luxurious design with seats that are comfortable for long road trips.

What Concerns Us

It is a little heavier than cars in its same class. Furthermore, there are a variety of other alternatives similar to the same model that cost about the same as the CTS.

Available Models

The Cadillac CTS comes in a sedan, coupe, or wagon model. Each one has the option of base or luxury package. The base manual gets 16 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. The base automatic gets 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Both of these models have 270hp with a 3.0 liter V6 engine. The luxury manual offers 16 mpg for city driving and 26 mpg for highway driving. The luxury automatic offers 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. These models offer 270hp with a 3.0 liter V6 engine as well. An optional 3.6 liter V6 is available which offers 318hp.

Major Recalls

In 2014 the vehicle was recalled due to the weight of the key ring, jarring of the vehicle, and/or road conditions could cause the ignition switch to move and turn off the engine. Another recall was issued for the CTS manufactured from October 21, 2011 to October 26, 2011 due to the vacuum brake pushrod retention nut may not be up to the right specifications. This could cause the loss of ability to brake.

Common Issues

Common consumer complaints include difficulty with steering, a hopping motion when backing up, slow acceleration, and a bad exhaust noise.

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