2012 Cadillac CTS Sport Sedan & CTS-V Sedan


Pros: Room for the family; Styling; Elegant interior; Powerful engines; Handling

Cons: Poor rearward visibility; Uncomfortable seats; Cramped rear seats; Poor fuel economy on the CTS-V Sedan

Thanks to its clean-cut, distinctive design, and level of quality, the 2012 Cadillac CTS Sport Sedan remains a credible competitor in the luxury sport market. It offers one of the best interiors that GM had ever produced and its striking profile looks like nothing else on the road. It is most certainly a head turner.

The base 3.0-liter engine delivers a solid 270 hp but feels slightly anemic. A more powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine is available that delivers a solid 318 hp. Stepping up to the CTS-V Sedan will get you more muscle, a total of 556 horses to be exact however it take a huge bite out of your fuel economy.  It can be mated to a 6-speed automatic or manual transmission. I would recommend the manual for increased fun-factor.

The CTS Sport and CTS-V both offer a solid and composed ride although some may find the sport suspension too firm. Both also offer a quick reflexes, precise steering and the athleticism you would expect from a finely tuned European car.

Body Styles, Trims & Options
The 2012 Sport Sedan is offered in four trim levels- Standard, Luxury, Performance and Premium. Each trim level is available in either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configurations.

The base model comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, leatherette vinyl upholstery, an eight-way power adjustable driver seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and an eight-speaker Bose sound system with Bluetooth, a CD player and satellite radio. The Luxury has those features plus remote ignition, automatic wipers, driver seat memory functions, leather upholstery with heated front seats, interior accent lighting, a wood-trimmed steering wheel and a six-disc CD changer.

Stepping up to the Performance CTS will give you all of the Base models equipment plus the 3.6L V6 engine, the All-Season Tire Package, remote ignition, heated power front seats with driver seat memory functions and a premium ten-speaker Bose surround sound system with digital music storage and an iPod/USB interface. A Luxury Level Two Package can be added that will give the Performance CTS the additional equipment found on the Luxury trim level plus heated and ventilated front seats, a split-folding rear seat, keyless entry/ignition and a cabin deodorizer.

The top-of-the-line Premium includes all of the equipment found on the above trims levels plus a panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel and a pop-up navigation system with a touchscreen interface.

Several packages are available on the Sport Sedan. The 18-inch All-Season Tire Performance Package adds 18-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, fog lamps and Xenon headlights. The CTS Touring Package is similar but gains a sport grille and unique interior trim.  The 19-inch All-Season Tire Performance Package gets 19-inch wheels with summer tires and other upgraded performance parts such as brakes, suspension and shift paddles. The panoramic sunroof is optional on all trims and the navigation system is available on all trims except the Standard. The panoramic sunroof, Recaro sport seats and a faux-suede inserts for the steering wheel and shift knob are all optional.

The CTS-V Sedan includes 19-inch alloy wheels with summer tires, upgraded performance parts, automatic/adaptive Xenon headlights with washers, fog lamps and automatic wipers. Adding the Comfort and Convenience Package will get you keyless entry-ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated power front seats with driver seat memory functions and leather upholstery with faux-suede inserts.

Standard safety equipment includes antilock brakes, StabiliTrak stability enhancement system, traction control, a full array of airbags, a tire pressure monitoring system, rear park assist and OnStar. A rearview camera is standard on the Luxury and Premium trim levels while the Rear Park Assist is only standard on the Premium.

Warranty Information
Every new 2012 Cadillac has got you covered with a Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty for 4 years or 50,000 miles, a Powertrain Limited Warranty for 5 years or 100,000 miles and 24-hour Roadside Assistance for 5 years or 100,000 miles. In the event your Cadillac needs to go in for repairs during its warranty period, a courtesy transportation program will provide alternate transportation and/or reimbursement of certain transportation expenses.


Trims MSRP
2012 CTS Sport Sedan Standard RWD $36,810
2012 CTS Sport Sedan Standard AWD $40,010
2012 CTS Sport Sedan Luxury RWD $39,945
2012 CTS Sport Sedan Luxury AWD $43,145
2012 CTS Sport Sedan Performance RWD $43,185
2012 CTS Sport Sedan Performance AWD $45,085
2012 CTS Sport Sedan Premium RWD $49,185
2012 CTS Sport Sedan Premium AWD $51,085
2012 CTS-V Sedan $65,410
Similar Vehicles MSRP
2012 Acura TL Sedan $35,705
2012 Volvo S80 3.2 Sedan $37,950
2012 Lincoln MKZ Sedan $34,755

Engine, Drivetrains & EPA Ratings




Fuel Economy (city/highway)

CTS Sport Sedan Standard & Luxury (AWD & RWD)

3.0L V6

6-Speed Automatic or 6-Speed Manual


CTS Sport Sedan Performance & Premium (AWD & RWD)

3.6L V6

6-Speed Automatic


CTS-V Sedan

6.2L Supercharged V8

6-Speed Automatic


CTS-V Sedan

6.2L Supercharged V8

6-Speed Manual



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