Cadillacs have long carried the same prestigious, overly-old school aura that one finds within the confines of a vintage china cabinet at your grandma’s house. They typically are heavy as hell, have some seriously old school design cues, and are about the same size as Sweden. But heaven forbid you should inherit one, because while it may have been granny’s prized possession, it sure doesn’t match your lifestyle and it isn’t like you can put it up for auction without everyone in the family knowing. If it was a 1965 Coupe DeVille with all the fixings, then hell yeah, we would rock the tires off that thing. But offering us a 1982 Fleetwood Brougham with the albatross-winged V8-6-4? Forget it man, let someone else in the family have that behemoth.
But times change, and along with them so do the automakers that make the cars we love, hate, and tolerate. Cadillac has really been working on improving its appeal with the younger generation of buyer, and its recent announcement that it wishes to separate from GM entirely and move to Soho may be just the thing this classy car company needs to do in order to stay ahead of the curve. It also has been busy releasing increasingly smaller, sexier, and sportier sedans and SUVs, and moves like that are exactly what Millennial buyers are looking to upgrade to as they climb the money tree in search of early retirement.
Take the 2015 Cadillac CTS for instance. It ranks first out of seventeen upscale midsize cars according to U.S. News, and this data is comprised of published reviews by Motor Trend, Edmunds, Kelley Blue Book, and others, as well as personal test drives. Now take that amazing 3.6-liter V6 powerplant, a very precise rack and pinion, and all that plushness, and put it into a 2016 model that has been outfitted with not one, but two screaming turbos, and you will have the 420 horsepower, torque-toting CTS Vsport sedan.
Built around the idea that the 2.0 liter turbo model is capable but not crazy enough, and that the naturally aspirated 3.6-liter version is for people who prefer heavily refined sugar, the Vsport embodies everything someone could want in a comfortable cabin, all while politely waiving at zee Germans as it blasts past them. There is so much about this car that is right on the money that it pains us to think that it is a Cadillac; yet here it stands, a testament to what can happen if forward thinking inspires designers and engineers to make a car that dominates all other contenders in both luxury and animosity.
Sporting a blend of premium cabin materials, tech at every turn, superior cockpit tranquility, and every imaginable comfort, this car is fashioned around Cadillac’s mantra that you can’t be comfy without first being classy. Equipped with rear parking sensors, Bluetooth, satellite radio, an 11-speaker Bose audio system, hands-free text messaging, Cadillac’s CUE touch-screen infotainment system, and OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi, the suaveness of this sedan strikes the right chord at every angle.
Max one out and you’ll get leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic braking, active lane keep assist, blind spot warnings, rear cross traffic alerts, parallel and perpendicular parking assistance, a rearview camera, an ass-tickling safety alert system, a power sunroof, heads-up display, and navigation.
Still not enough? How about real wood interior trim, hand-laid carbon fiber, tasteful metal bits, and 20-way adjustable seats that make you want to mod them into Lay-Z-Boy man cave posterior pillows. Cadillac really has gone above and beyond with the CTS this time around, and everything about this cabin gives reason for you to believe in what the brand is capable of in the world of luxury, outpacing everyone in its class with an interior that is just… gorgeous.
But enough with the pleasantries: Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty guts of the matter. Blasting out 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque aimed right at the rear wheels via a clever electronic limited-slip, putting all eight gears to the pavement is never a problem and Cadillac claims that the Vsport can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds. Yes, we know that there is also the limited-edition CTS-V coupe for the time being, with its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that puts down around 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of torque, and can still be had with a six-speed manual gearbox (because real enthusiasts opt for a stick to prove that Caddys are no longer boring).
Everyone wants to talk about the V, and that’s probably because the biggest numbers always get the most press. Rarely does the next heir to the throne get the attention it deserves, so this one’s for you Vsport CTS. You have the Magnetic Ride Control suspension system we love to enjoy in a car that is rear-wheel drive, because everyone needs to “Tour, Sport, and Track” a Caddy at least once in their lives. While we came in at $73,360 with all the features we wanted, that’s completely okay with us. Sometimes the best things in life come at a higher price point, which is the very reason why you buy a Cadillac in the first place.