2014 Cadillac CTS-V Review

March 18, 2014
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The CTS-V just carries over to 2014 unchanged. It remains, however, the luxury sedan that’s not ultra-expensive but offers a satisfying amount of elegance and style. The CTS-V is powered by a 556-hp V8 engine which helps defy its weight, making it perform well on the road. But if a Caddy isn’t your thing, you can turn your eyes to a BMW or an Audi or a Mercedes-Benz.

UNDER THE HOOD

A powerful 6.2-liter V8 engine that pumps out 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of torque sits under the hood of the 2014 Cadillac CTS-V. Rear-wheel drive system and a six-speed manual transmission are standard. An automatic is optional at no cost. According to the EPA, the 2014 CTS-V can manage 14 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on highways with a manual transmission. With an automatic, the sedan can run 12 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on highways.

ON THE ROAD

What would not make the CTS-V great on the road if it has as standard equipment Magnetic Ride Control and Brembo brakes, not to mention the power of more than 500 horses the V8 unleashes. The Magnetic Ride Control provides the luxury sedan with good handling and ride quality at the same time because of its driver-selectable modes. None of the two gets compromised. The Brembo brakes are excellent, as expected. And the 556-hp V8 is undoubtedly powerful and successful in making the CTS-V quick despite its 2-ton-plus mass.

INSIDE THE 2014 CTS-V

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The CTS-V’s cabin is not as expensive-looking as the other luxury cars in the class, but it has an attractive center console which features a unique layout of the controls. The gauge cluster is likewise eye-catching. The materials used are not of top quality but that doesn’t mean they’re cheap. The combination of leather and wood still makes that classy look and feel.

The seats provide enough headroom and legroom and are comfortable even in long trips. But some reviewers wrote that the driver seat lack the support for spirited driving. Recaro performance seats are available, though. In addition, the backseat have less headroom than the front seats. Taller passengers might sit back there with their heads almost touching the sedan’s headliner.

The trunk is quite small at just 13.6 cubic feet. What makes this worse is the small opening, which makes loading quite a challenge, and the absence of a split-folding rear sear which could add more cargo space.

KEY FEATURES

The 2014 Cadillac CTS-V comes standard with Magnetic Ride Control, driver-selectable modes, Brembo brakes, limited slip differential, 19-inch aluminum wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, fog lights, keyless ignition and entry, rearview camera, rear park assist, heated front seats, 10-speaker Bose audio system, navigation system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, OnStar, headlight washers, rain-sensing wipers, 10-way power heated front seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, and multifunction leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Some of the optional features include faux-suede-trimmed shift knob and steering wheel, Recaro performance seats, genuine wood trims, ventilated front seats, power sunroof, and 19-inch aluminum or graphite wheels.

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