Sometimes, a car company chooses to lead from the middle of its line-up, eschewing flashy halo models in favor of an all-around contender that serves as the standard-bearer for the brand. A vehicle like the 2014 Cadillac CTS is a perfect example: this mid-size sedan serves as a luxury linchpin, and a complete redesign for the current model year has only strengthened its critical position for the automaker. Nowhere can one find a purer expression of Cadillac's Art & Science evolution, both in terms of styling as well as in the details that have consistently elevated the CTS above previous generations of the car since it first hit the scene at the beginning of the last decade.
What makes the 2014 Cadillac CTS an even more impressive accomplishment is the fact that it faces off against some of the steeliest-eyed competitors you could possibly imagine. The CTS isn't just a great car in a vacuum - it's one that's shines just as brightly when placed alongside luminaries like the BMW 5 Series, the Audi A6, and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, each of which have also enjoyed recent attention from their respective design studios. The mid-size sedan stands proudly with the company's new ATS compact four-door as part of Cadillac's two-prong strategy to reclaim the dusty title of 'The Standard Of The World.'