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2017 Cadillac CTS V-Sport Premium Luxury Test Drive Review

As Cadillac’s centerpiece, the CTS sedan offers a luxurious experience filled with master craftsmanship and advanced technology. And for the 2017 model year, the CTS V-Sport is taking this experience to new levels of excitement by adding even more performance and sport-inspired styling.

Carbon Black design elements, a near-perfect weight distribution, and race-proven components are just a few offerings included with the new-for-2017 V-Sport model.

Get to know Cadillac’s masterpiece with a closer look at our 2017 Cadillac CTS V-Sport Premium Luxury test model.

 

2017 Cadillac CTS V-Sport Premium Luxury Exterior

Rocket ship, VIP transport, work of art — all are appropriate descriptions of the 2017 Cadillac CTS V-Sport, thanks to its luxury styling, athletic build, and low stance.

At the front, Cadillac’s signature chrome grille makes a grand statement with black chrome accents, and pairs nicely with the vertical-style headlights and LED elements. Intellibeam headlamps are standard, and feature adaptive forward lighting.

An uninterrupted character line connects the front of the 2017 CTS V-Sport to an all-new rear fascia with vertical-styled chrome exhaust tips and center reverse light. Finishing touches of the rear also include a redesigned diffuser and integrated spoiler with a 48-LED center brake lamp.

Our test model came in an elegant Crystal White Tricoat color, and was equipped with the optional Carbon Black Package which adds a V-Series spoiler and 18-inch ultra-bright alloy wheels with an After-Midnight dark finish.

Other notable exterior features include heated side mirrors, illuminated door handles, rain sensing wipers, and an ultraview sunroof.

 

2017 Cadillac CTS V-Sport Premium Luxury Interior

The CTS V-Sport’s elegance and refinement continue on the inside with premium materials, hand-crafted components, and cutting-edge technology.

Full-leather performance seats offer the driver and front passenger unparalleled comfort with 20-way adjustment, manual cushion length extension, and 4-way headrest adjustment. Just about every aspect of the heated and ventilated front seats can be customized, including lumbar support, side bolsters, and thigh bolsters.

As part of the Carbon Black Package, our test model’s standard front seats were replaced with RECARO bucket seats, which are, by far, the most comfortable seats we’ve ever experienced. This optional package also added a black suede steering wheel and black sueded microfiber shifter.

The main attraction of the driver-focused cabin is the Cadillac CUE media system, which features an 8-inch color touchscreen display that supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This is where you’ll access navigation, satellite radio, connectivity apps, and more. Teen Driver mode can also be activated via the CUE interface.

Advanced technology isn’t just limited to the CUE media system though — crucial information is delivered to the driver via a 12-inch reconfigurable digital instrument cluster as well as a head-up display.

Rear passengers are treated to heated seats and tri-zone climate control as well as sunshades on the side and rear windows. And of course, everyone can enjoy the rich, crisp sound of the BOSE surround sound system. Our test model also came standard with LED interior ambient lighting, a compartment for wirelessly charging compatible smartphones, and sport alloy pedals.

Overall, the 2017 CTS V-sport offers a luxurious, convenient, and comfortable interior with styling cues that hint at the vehicle’s performance features.

 

2017 Cadillac CTS V-Sport Premium Luxury Performance

Giving the 2017 Cadillac CTS V-Sport its impressive acceleration and satisfying exhaust note is a 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that produces 420 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque — this quick-revving engine offers the best power-per-liter ratio in the midsize luxury segment.

The turbocharger system has been designed to offer about 90 percent of peak torque from as low as 2,500 rpm, meaning you can accelerate and pass cars with confidence. The broad torque curve produced by the powertrain gives you usable, on-demand performance for any situation — press the gas pedal and get ready to smile!

Magnesium paddle shifters are available for those who like to be more involved with the driving experience, but we found the programming for the standard 8-speed automatic transmission to be so capable and fast that setting the vehicle’s drive mode to Track was more than sufficient.

In addition to changing the transmission’s characteristics, the available drive modes (Tour, Sport, Snow/Ice and, Track) also let you adjust steering weight and magnetic ride control to match your current performance needs. Taking 1,000 readings per second, magnetic ride control really knows how to keep things smooth for daily cruising or stiffen up for hard-cornering performance.

The appeal of the 2017 CTS V-Sport’s performance lies in its versatility — it’s a posh grand-tourer for your daily commute or road trips, and it can quickly transform into a high-performance sport sedan for spirited drives or a fun day at the race track. You’ve got the best of both worlds in a stunning and elegant package.

Fuel efficiency for the 2017 Cadillac CTS V-Sport is an EPA estimated 16 mpg city and 24 mpg highway**.

 

2017 Cadillac CTS V-Sport Premium Luxury Safety

The 2017 CTS V-Sport is equipped with a variety of standard and available safety features to help the driver be more aware of his/her surroundings.

In addition to numerous air bags, the CTS V-Sport comes standard with the Driver Awareness Package, which includes safety alert seat, blind zone alert, lane change alert, lane keep assist, forward collision alert, rear cross traffic alert, and automatic high-beam control, to name a few.

Our test model also featured the Driver Assist Package as standard equipment, featuring adaptive cruise control, automatic seat belt tightening, and front and rear automatic braking.

And because accidents happen when you can’t see properly, the CTS V-Sport offers Surround Vision, a 360-degree bird’s-eye view of your immediate surroundings, when you’re navigating low-speed areas like a parking lot or garage. A rear camera mirror also provides 300 percent more field of view by streaming an HD video feed through the rearview mirror — you can change it back to a traditional mirror with a simple toggle switch.

 

2017 Cadillac CTS V-Sport Premium Luxury Overall

Cadillac has crafted the perfect driving experience with the 2017 CTS V-Sport, blending comfort, convenience, and all-out performance into a stunning package — there are few cars that can offer as much value as this luxury sport sedan.

Starting MSRP for the 2017 Cadillac CTS V-Sport is $70,430 and our test model came well-equipped at $76,115*.

Experience everything the 2017 CTS V-Sport has to offer by visiting your local AutoNation-affiliated Cadillac dealership.

 

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

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