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2014 Cadillac CTS: Flash drive review

By Staff of MSN Autos

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The all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS is better in nearly every way. Now longer, lower and lighter with a larger and sportier interior, the new CTS builds on its solid sport sedan reputation. The interior of our CTS 3.6L Premium Collection test car included black leather Performance front seats and great-looking jet-black carbon trim. The only thing I didn't like about the seats was that I was constantly startled by a vibration designed to alert me to danger — either I was drifting out of my lane or getting too close to an object while parking. If I owned this car I would disable this feature. The 3.6-liter 321-horsepower V6 engine delivers plenty of power and sounds great under hard acceleration; it almost has a V8 growl to it. The sport suspension with magnetic ride control puts the new CTS on par with the best sport sedans in the market. I would prefer a little more steering feel, especially on center, but the chassis responds quickly and precisely to steering inputs. The slope of the roofline gives the CTS a sedan's profile but definitely compromises what can be seen out the narrow rear window. –Mike Meredith

I really liked the last-generation CTS, but this new 2014 model is even better. Designers have done a great job of evolving the style, and it's still recognizable as a CTS, but with a more modern, muscular look. Inside is also very attractive, and feels very high tech; when you start the engine, all the screens come to life with cool animation. When I drove Cadillac's ATS I really disliked the Intune system, but on the CTS it seems to be better. The touch screen works well and the soft-touch controls give feedback on activation. But I still prefer old-school knobs and buttons because they are less distracting to driving — and this is definitely a driver's car. Acceleration is strong and accompanied by a nice-sounding exhaust. Twisty roads are great fun, yet the ride is still comfortable. With my lead foot I saw only about 17 mpg, but a brief stint of highway driving brought the mileage number up to around 30 mpg. There's no question the CTS can hold its own against the European competition, but I'm still looking forward to the inevitable return of the even sportier CTS-V. –Perry Stern

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