2018 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

2018 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan
  • 2018
  • Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

  • Estimated CarQuotes Target Price
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  • includes selected options and fees. $3,000 in rebates (expires 12/31/2019)
  • Starting MSRP : $88,490
2018 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

2018 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 14 mpg City, 21 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 6.2L Supercharged Gas V8, 640 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The Cadillac CTS is a mid-sized luxury sedan in competition with the 5-series BMW and the Mercedes Benz C-Class. Cadillac is priced and engineered to compete directly with the competition from Germany, and its excellent chassis delivers a superior driving experience. Cadillac's styling seems more forward than the competition and equipment levels are extremely comprehensive.

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What's New For 2018

Since the CTS received several notable updates for 2017 it carries over into 2018 with very minor changes.


  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 6 Years / 70,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 6 Years / 70,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 4 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 3 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 5 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2018 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Traction control, all-speed, brake and engine controlled
    • StabiliTrak, vehicle stability enhancement system
    • Daytime running lamps
    • Air bags, driver and front passenger frontal front seat thorax and pelvic, rear thorax for outboard seating positions, side-curtain and driver and front passenger knee (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • Air bag, Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • OnStar and Cadillac connected services capable; EFFECTIVE WITH RETAIL SALES STARTING 5/1/2018. (Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services vary by model.)
    • Cadillac Connected Access with 10 years of standard connectivity which enables services such as, Vehicle Diagnostics, Dealer Maintenance Notification, Cadillac Smart Driver, Marketplace and more; EFFECTIVE WITH SALES STARTING 5/1/2018 (Limitations apply. Not transferable. Standard connectivity available to original purchaser for ten years from the date of initial vehicle purchase for model year 2018 or newer Cadillac vehicles. See onstar.com for details and further plan limitations. Connected Access does not include emergency or security services. Availability and additional services enabled by Connected Access are subject to change.)
    • Rear Vision Camera
    • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
    • Following Distance Indicator
    • Forward Collision Alert
    • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
    • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
    • Teen Driver configurable feature that lets you activate customizable vehicle settings associated with a key fob, to encourage safe driving behavior. It can limit certain vehicle features, and it prevents certain safety systems from being turned off. An in-vehicle report gives you information on your teen's driving habits and helps you to continue to coach your new driver
    • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and right-front passenger
    • Safety belts, 3-point, rear, all seating positions
    • Automatic Safety Belt Tightening
    • Child seat restraint system
    • Door locks, rear child security
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Entertainment Features
    • Antenna, integral front and rear
    • Cadillac 4G LTE and available built-in Wi-Fi hotspot offers a fast and reliable Internet connection for up to 7 devices; includes data trial for 3 months or 3GB (whichever comes first) (Available Wi-Fi requires compatible mobile device, active OnStar service and data plan. Data plans provided by AT&T. Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.)
    • Wireless Charging (The system wirelessly charges one PMA- or Qi-compatible mobile device. To check for phone or other device compatibility, see my.cadillac.com/learn.)
    • Bluetooth for phone/audio uplevel phone/audio with Natural Voice Recognition
    • SiriusXM Satellite Radio and HD Radio SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2018 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month All Access trial subscription with over 150 channels including commercial-free music, plus sports, news and entertainment. Plus listening on the app and online is included, so you'll hear the best SiriusXM has to offer, anywhere life takes you. Welcome to the world of SiriusXM. (IMPORTANT: The SiriusXM Satellite Radio trial package is not provided on vehicles that are ordered for Fleet Daily Rental ("FDR") use. If you decide to continue listening after your trial, the subscription plan you choose will automatically renew and you will be charged according to your chosen payment method at then-current rates. Fees and taxes apply. To cancel you must call us at 1-866-635-2349. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. All fees and programming subject to change.)
    • Audio system feature, Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound 13-speaker system includes Active Noise Cancelation
    • Cadillac user experience with embedded navigation AM/FM stereo with connected navigation providing real-time traffic, 8" diagonal color information display, two USB ports, personalized profiles for each driver's settings, Natural Voice Recognition, Phone Integration for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability for compatible phone, Collection and Teen Driver
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels, 19" x 9.5" (45.7 cm x 24.1 cm) front, 19" x 10" (45.7 cm x 25.4 cm) rear, premium painted alloy (Upgradeable to (Q8N) 19" x 9.5" front, 19" x 10" rear, polished finish wheels with Midnight Silver painted pockets or (Q8O) 19" x 9.5" front, 19" x 10" rear, After Midnight premium painted finish wheels.)
    • Tires, P265/35R19 front, P295/30ZR19 rear, summer-only (Do not use summer only tires in winter conditions, as it would adversely affect vehicle safety, performance and durability. Use only GM-approved tire and wheel combinations. Unapproved combinations may change the vehicle's performance characteristics. Lower profile tires wear faster. Wheel and tire damage may occur on rough or damaged roads or from surfaces or from curbs, debris or obstacles. This damage is not covered by the GM New Vehicle Limited Warranty. For more details, go to my.cadillac.com/learnAbout/cadillactires/ or see your dealer.)
    • Tire inflation kit
    • Headlamps, high intensity discharge
    • IntelliBeam, automatic high beam on/off
    • Lamp marker, reflex, front side
    • Tail lamps, LED illumination
    • Lamp, LED center high-mounted stop/brake (CHMSL)
    • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable and driver-side auto-dimming, body-color, manual folding with integrated turn signal indicators
    • CurbView Camera
    • Glass, windshield, solar absorbing
    • Glass, acoustic, laminated, front doors
    • Wipers, front intermittent, Rainsense
    • Door handles, illuminated
    • Automatic Parking Assist includes front, rear, parallel and perpendicular parking assist
  • Interior Features
    • Remote Keyless Entry
    • Keyless Access, passive entry
    • Adaptive Remote Start
    • Universal Home Remote
    • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed, and with 1 mph and 5 mph increment adjustment
    • Trunk release, power
    • Theft-deterrent alarm system, with vehicle immobilizer
    • Climate control, dual-zone automatic
    • Air filtration system
    • Defogger, rear-window, electric
    • Glovebox, lockable
    • Headliner, sueded microfiber
    • Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming, frameless (Upgradeable to (DRZ) Rear Camera Mirror when (Y40) Luxury Package is ordered.)
    • Console, overhead
    • Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors, covered
    • Lighting, interior includes glovebox, front cup holders, overhead console, front and rear passenger footwell, map pockets, rear assist handles and cargo area
    • Lighting accent, LED lighting on instrument panel and door
    • Cargo convenience net, trunk
    • Door locks, power programmable with lockout protection
    • Windows, power with front and rear express-up and down with passenger lockout feature
    • Gauge cluster, 12.3" color, reconfigurable high definition cluster with new graphics with a V specific display layout
    • Head-Up Display
    • Pedals, sport alloy
    • Steering wheel mounted Paddle Shift Controls
    • Steering wheel, heated, automatic
    • Steering wheel, leather, sport
    • Steering column, power tilt and telescoping
    • Sill plates, illuminated front, V badged
    • Floor mats, carpeted front and rear
    • Power outlets, 2 auxiliary
    • Cup holders, 2 in front console, 2 in rear armrest
    • Armrest, rear center with cup holders
    • Armrest, front center
    • Console, front floor with armrest and covered storage
    • Seat, rear fixed seat-back with armrest and lockable rear pass-through access door
    • Seats, ventilated driver and front passenger seat cushion and seat back (Requires (AE4) 20-way performance front bucket seats.)
    • Seats, heated driver and front passenger
    • Seat adjusters, front passenger includes manual cushion length adjustment and power side bolster adjustment ((W2E) Recaro performance seats do not include manual thigh support.)
    • Seat adjusters, driver includes manual cushion length adjustment and power side bolster adjustment ((W2E) Recaro performance seats do not include manual thigh support.)
    • Seat adjusters, driver and front passenger 8-way power plus 4-way power lumbar, plus 4-way manual adjustable head restraints (4-way manual adjustable head restraints not available with (W2E) Recaro performance seats.)
    • Seat trim, leather with sueded microfiber inserts and seatbacks
    • Seats, front bucket, 20-way performance driver and front passenger includes (AHE) driver power-adjustable seat back bolster and (AHH) front passenger power-adjustable seat back bolster and manual cushion length adjustment (Upgradeable to (W2E) Recaro performance seats. Requires interior color (HG2) Jet Black with Saffron accents, (HG3) Jet Black with Jet Black accents or (HG7) Light Platinum with Jet Black accents.)
  • Mechanical Features
    • Fuel filler door, remote locking
    • Exhaust, stainless steel quad
    • Brake, electronic parking
    • Brake linings, performance (Vehicles equipped with these linings will experience faster accumulation of brake dust on wheel surfaces and may produce more noise than with standard linings.)
    • Calipers, Gray Brembo (Upgradeable to (J6F) Red Brembo calipers or (J6J) Dark Gold Brembo calipers.)
    • Brakes, Brembo front and rear, performance 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc with auto dry (Vehicles equipped with these brakes have high performance brake linings that will experience faster accumulation of brake dust on wheel surfaces and may produce more noise than with standard linings.)
    • Steering, ZF premium rack-and-pinion, electric
    • Suspension, Performance
    • Magnetic Ride Control
    • Recovery hook, front
    • Battery, maintenance-free with rundown protection
    • Cooling system, extra capacity
    • Rear wheel drive
    • Rear axle, 2.85 ratio
    • Performance Traction Management
    • Differential, electronic limited slip
    • Hill Start Assist
    • Keyless Open and Start
    • Transmission, 8-speed automatic
    • Engine, 6.2L (376 ci) supercharged V8 DI Variable Valve Timing (VVT) aluminum with Active Fuel Management (640 hp [477.2 kW] @ 6400 rpm, 630 lb-ft of torque [854.2 N-m] @ 3600 rpm)

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake Type - Pwr
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 15.35 x 1.41
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 14.37 x 1.10
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 13.7
  • Cooling System Features
    • Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - 11.9
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - - TBD -
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - - TBD -
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - LT4
    • Engine Type - Supercharged Gas V8
    • Displacement - 6.2L/376
    • Fuel System - Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 640 @ 6400
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 630 @ 3600
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 114.6
    • Length, Overall (in) - 197.6
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 72.2
    • Height, Overall (in) - 57.2
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 62.1
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 61.2
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - - TBD -
    • Liftover Height (in) - - TBD -
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 19.0
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 97
    • Front Head Room (in) - 40.4
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 45.7
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 56.9
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 53.8
    • Second Head Room (in) - 37.5
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 35.4
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 54.8
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 53.3
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 17
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 14
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 21
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Electric Rack & Pinion
    • Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - 11.2 - 15.5
    • Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - 2.37
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 40.3
    • Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - - TBD -
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Cadillac CTS-V Sedan
    • Body Style - 4 Door Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - MacPherson Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Independent Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Magnetic Ride Control
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Magnetic Ride Control
    • Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - - TBD -
    • Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - - TBD -
    • Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - - TBD -
    • Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - - TBD -
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - R64
    • Rear Tire Order Code - R64
    • Front Tire Size - P265/35R19
    • Rear Tire Size - P295/30ZR19
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Rear Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - M5U
    • Trans Type - 8
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/Manual Shift
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.56
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.97
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.08
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.69
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.27
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.82
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 2.85
    • Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.85
    • Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.65
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Mid-Size
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 10.4
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 4141
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 19 x 9.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 19 x 10
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum

2018 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan Photos & Colors


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Available Colors

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  • Black Raven Crystal White Tricoat G1W G7E G7Q G9K GBA GD1 Phantom Gray Metallic Red Obsession Tintcoat Satin Steel Metallic Vector Blue Metallic
  • Black Raven
  • Crystal White Tricoat
  • G1W
  • G7E
  • G7Q
  • G9K
  • GBA
  • GD1
  • Phantom Gray Metallic
  • Red Obsession Tintcoat
  • Satin Steel Metallic
  • Vector Blue Metallic

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The 2018 Cadillac CTS begins the fifth year of its generation, after being revised for 2017, outside and in, plus tech upgrades. For 2018, CTS gets an available automatic heated steering wheel. Otherwise, it carries over unchanged.

The CTS holds its own, at the least, when compared to German sedans like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Audi A6. It blows them out of the water in looks, with its sharp creases and stunning LED lighting. It shares its platform with the smaller Cadillac ATS; the CTS came first, so the ATS is more efficiently packaged. In return, the ATS has shown the CTS how to handle like a smaller car.

The base engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 268 horsepower; it accelerates from zero to sixty in about six seconds, which is nearly as quick as the bigger engine, a smooth 3.6-liter V6 making 335 horsepower. Whose fuel mileage of 24 miles per gallon Combined city and highway EPA rating is nearly as good as the four-cylinder’s 25 mpg Combined. So the four-cylinder turbo is almost as fast and almost as thirsty as the normally aspirated V6.

The third choice is the CTS V-Sport, with its twin-turbo V6 making 420 horsepower and blasting from zero to sixty in 4.7 seconds. It rates just 18 miles per gallon.

There is one transmission, a paddle-shifting eight-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive is available.

A separate model is the awesome and other-worldly CTS-V, using the Corvette Z06 engine, a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 making 640 horsepower and 630 concrete-ripping foot pounds of torque. The CTS-V uses a lot of carbon fiber. Zero to sixty is 3.7 seconds. What else do you need to know?


CTS ($46,295) comes standard with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, leatherette (vinyl) upholstery, CUE infotainment with an 8-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, 11-speaker Bose audio, 10-way power front seats, a rearview camera, rear parking assist, and 17-inch wheels.

Rear-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive ($2000) is available for all models. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

CTS Luxury ($51,995) adds leather upholstery, HID headlights, a power tilt/telescoping steering column, and panoramic sunroof.

CTS Premium Luxury with V6 engine ($59,495) upgrades with a rearview camera, surround-view cameras, head-up display, 18-inch wheels, parking assist, tri-zone climate control, heated rear seats, and a 12.3-inch gauge cluster.

CTS V-Sport ($60,995) comes with a 420-horsepower turbocharged V6 engine and rear-wheel drive, along with Magnetic Ride Control, Brembo brakes, a limited-slip differential, and 18-inch wheels. Premium ($71,095) upgrades further with 20-way power front seats, reconfigurable gauge cluster, aluminum pedals, adaptive cruise control, and front/rear automatic braking.

CTS-V ($86,000) features a Corvette engine and Nurburgring handling.


The CTS, maybe best if not longest, embodies Cadillac’s iconic design theme called Art and Science. It might just as well be called Angle and Edge, it does those things so well. It isn’t unanimously loved, but who is?

Last year the midsize luxury sedan got a new grille and headlamps that fit into the fenders in a way that visually lowers the nose. At the rear, tall taillamps are stacked on vertical exhaust tips.

There is a Carbon Black appearance package.

Speaking of carbon, the hood and bumpers on the CTS-V are carbon fiber. The fenders are fat, to fit the fat tires.


The CTS cabin is handsome. On the Luxury Premium model, the stitched leather upholstery and real wood trim feel right together. Incongruously, a giant 12.3-inch screen replaces real gauges, making the dashboard look futuristic on this model.

The front seats are exceptionally comfortable; wide, deep and not too soft. Ready for journeys, long hours in the saddle. If you think you’ll need to adjust them 20 ways, and not just 10, that option is available.

The sloping roofline and thick pillars make passengers duck their heads, when climbing into the rear. But there’s comfortable space back and good headroom back there, even with high rear cushions.

The trunk holds 13.7 cubic feet, less than bountiful for a midsize sedan.

Active noise cancellation helps keep the sounds of the engine out of the cabin.

Driving Impressions

Confidence, poise, and good as the Germans, that’s how the CTS rolls.

The base 2.0 turbo has haste about it. It is possible to make the engine strain, but that’s beating the tar out of it. It’s strong enough that the V6 doesn’t look so great, for the extra cost. The V6 brings 335 horsepower v 268 hp in the turbo four, but 268 is plenty to get you down the freeway with the front-runners.

The V6 might be the choice for long-distance driving, with its longer legs. Its handling and response are progressive and predictable, and it only gets one less mile per gallon.

If that’s not enough, the V-Sport model offers the 420-horsepower twin-turbo V6. Now you know you have an engine under the hood, not an invisible effective powerplant. The v-sport also gets including quicker steering, bigger front brakes, 18-inch wheels with wide Pirelli tires, and of course a track mode.

Cadillac’s eight-speed automatic transmission deserves high praise in any model. In the CTS-V there’s a beefed-up version to handle the massive horsepower. It’s quicker and even smoother than in the other models.

The available Magnetic Ride Control suspension uses dampers filled with magnetically charged fluid; in a matter of milliseconds, the system can stiffen or soften the dampers. GM’s magnetic dampers, used in other models, are correctly hailed for being consistent and effective, forgiving but never soft or floaty.

Last but for sure not least, the CTS-V is the ultimate American hot rod, true blue to its roots, all of them. You can not buy a car like this anywhere else. A beautiful forward-looking Cadillac sedan that handles like it was developed on the Nurburgring which it was, using a Corvette Z06 engine, a 6.2-liter supercharged pushrod V8 pumping out 640 horsepower and 630 pound feet of torque, pushing it from zero to sixty in 3.7 seconds and to a top speed of God only knows.


The CTS is strongest and most special at the bottom and top of its lineup. Great looks, great cabin comfort, perfect eight-speed automatic no matter what, but it’s about the engines. Base 2.0-liter turbo four gives up little to the non-turbo V6. If you must have more, skip to the twin-turbo V6. Top of the line, the strongest and most special: the CTS-V. It’s one of a kind, and a bargain given its performance capabilities.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports from The Car Connection.

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