The starting roster for the 2014 Automobile Magazine All-Star Team was recently announced, and the 2014 Cadillac, like all of the real heavy hitters, is batting third. Of course, Automobile's rankings are alphabetical, but still, as noted by the publication's editor-in-chief, Jean Jennings: "During our All-Stars evaluation drives, the Cadillac CTS emerged as a clear favorite. Previous generations of the CTS had come close to equaling the performance, styling, and outright desirability of the most highly regarded foreign luxury sports sedans, but not quite.
“This all-new CTS, on the other hand, actually surpasses many of its competitors from Europe and Japan and, in so doing, is a testament to the complete transformation of Cadillac. We are happy to recognize the brand's success and to celebrate this highly compelling luxury car."
Of course, Automobile is just a bit late to the party, with a number of other buff books already giving high honors to the 2014 Cadillac CTS in the months since the brand-new generation hit the market. For instance, the striking sport sedan also has been named overall Car of the Year by Motor Trend, Luxury Car of the Year by Road & Track, and a member of this year's "10 Best" rankings from Car and Driver.
Helping secure those honors for the 2014 Cadillac CTS were advantages like:
- Extensive weight-saving measures that lower the curb weight of the new model even though its larger and roomier than the 2013 version
- The brand's first twin-turbo V-6 engine, providing 420 hp and 430 lb.-ft. of torque in the 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport
- Standard and available performance enhancers such as Brembo brakes, Cadillac's Magnetic Ride Control, sophisticated front and rear suspensions, and new, variable-assist electric power-steering gear from ZF
- Comprehensive levels of connectivity and infotainment technology, courtesy of the Cadillac CUE interface with 12.3-inch high-res screen
- A full suite of cutting-edge driver-assistance features, including front and rear automatic braking and the GM Safety Alert Seat
- Luxurious cabin appointments highlighted by a 20-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated/ventilated front seats, standard Bose audio with 11 speakers, and a heated steering wheel.
Added David Leone, CTS executive chief engineer: “The CTS continues to be Cadillac’s centerpiece, helping to continue the elevation and evolution of the brand. CTS has directly challenged the luxury midsize competition with uncompromised performance, luxury and technology and come out on top, as shown by [the Automobile] accolade.”