There’s much to digest in the press materials for the all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS, but perhaps the most impressive tidbit just may be this one: “It is expected to be the lightest car in its segment.”
That alone lets you know the kind of effort Cadillac put into reinventing the car, which, as an FYI, now tips the ol’ scales at 3,616 lbs. At that point, the 2014 Cadillac CTS is 244 lbs. lighter than the 2013 model, and that’s despite also being 5 inches longer; more significant is the fact that the Cadillac also undercuts its German rivals across the board, with advantages of 209 lbs. against the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, 198 lbs. versus the BMW 528i, and 110 lbs. as compared to the Audi A6.
The lighter-weight construction pays immediate dividends in performance, too. Not only is the 2014 Cadillac CTS a full 1.5 seconds faster from 0 to 60 than its predecessor, achieving the sprint in 6.1 seconds, but it also benefits from a bump in fuel economy, to an expected 19 mpg city/30 mpg highway. Of course, the new standard powertrain helps in all those measures as well, since the starting engine in the 2014 Cadillac CTS is now a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder turbo that makes 272 hp and 295 lb.-ft. of torque.
The price of admission does rise a bit, yet the bottom line here is that the 2014 Cadillac CTS fits right in with that previously mentioned Teutonic trio, with the MSRPs for the entry models going as follows:
- 2013 Audi A6—$42,200
- 2014 Cadillac CTS—$45,100
- 2013 BMW 528i—$47,800
- 2013 Mercedes-Benz E350—$51,900
Note: The E-Class doesn't offer a (smaller) standard engine that is directly comparable to what you get from the other entries.