The FREE Complete Bay Area Auto Enthusiast Guide

Last year, we had the fortune of driving the Cadillac CTS-V with a 6.2-liter V-8 blasting off 640 horsepower, sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and tops out at 200 mph. For 2018, we received yet another CTS but this one with a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine putting out a healthy 420 hp @ 5750 rpm and 430 pounds-feet of torque @ 4500 rpm. Power reaches all the wheels via a 8-speed auto transmission with magnesium paddle shifters. Magnetic Ride Control adjusts the four-wheel independent suspension as per road conditions, resulting in a smooth but firm ride. It also keeps body roll to a minimum.
Ensconced on the unitized welded steel body is a sizeable three-bar chrome-surround grille that is flanked by hi-xenon headlights. Climb into the Caddy and your first impression is of a tailored, upscale and luxurious cabin. The well-lit interior is equipped with the hands-on CUE (Cadillac User Experience). An 8-inch touchscreen in the center stack includes capactive controls, haptic feedback, gestures and voice recognition (yes, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available). Throw the 12.3-inch reconfigurable instrument cluster into the mix and you have an infotainment system that should be the envy of the competition. The driver and front passenger are coddled by supple and supportive leather bucket seats. In fact, there is plentiful of head and leg room for five adults to relax and sit in comfort. To accommodate drivers of all heights, Cadillac has equipped the CTS with a power tilt/telescopic three-spoke steering wheel. Standard goodies include head-up display, sport alloy pedals, heated/cooled power front seats, tri-zone auto a/c, magnesium paddle shifters, power rear sunshade and wireless phone charging.
Standard safety features include dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag, front knee airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, stability and traction control, rear and surround vision camera, rear-cross traffic, lane change and side blind zone alerts, forward auto braking, remote start, tire pressure monitor and daytime running lights.
OK, so it does not have the vast amount of power as the CTS-V we tested last year but the 2018 CTS lunges forward with an eagerness to tackle any road/weather condition. It is a splendid combination of performance and style that will leave you wanting for more.

Tires: P245/40R18 front; P275/35R18 rear
Wheelbase: 114.6 inches
Length: 195.5 inches
Suspension: MacPherson strut front; 5-link rear
Weight: 3,992 pounds
Fuel capacity: 19 gallons
City: 16 mpg
Highway: 24 mpg
Base price: $71,295
Price as tested: $76,210
Web site:

CALLING ALL CADILLAC DEALERS IN THE WEST CENTRAL AREA: if you would like to be listed here as one of the test-drive dealerships, e-mail us at