Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Cadillac CTS 3.6L

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Cadillac CTS 3.6L

5. Premium Parts and Princely Pricing

Likewise, the 2014 CTS cabin is suitably premium. Rich leather with contrast stitching graces the dashboard, doors and seats, giving everything a luxurious feel, even if the interior was darker than a gang of goth kids at the bottom of a coal mine.

Our test car was gussied up with carbon-fiber trim, which seems like a waste. This high-tech and high-dollar material is probably better used by engineers to cut mass, not designers to add visual flair. Burl-wood accents are probably prettier and would have helped offset some of the darkness.

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The car’s digital gauges are pretty nifty. They can be reconfigured in a variety of ways to suit the driver’s taste. But detracting from the overall experience was the CUE infotainment system. This technology looks nice with relatively clean design and bright colors but in usage it falls flat. It’s hardly intuitive at all, with frustrating menu options that seem to jump around from screen to screen, which is irritating and distracting – two things you do not want while driving. Also, some of the touch-based secondary switches are finicky, particularly the slider that controls volume for the audio system.

Technical troubles aside, the 2014 Cadillac CTS is a lovely machine in just about every way. It looks great, drives like a dream and offers customers a wide-range of powertrain choices and luxury options. Our test car checked out at $66,830 including $925 in deliver fees. That out-the-door price was inflated by nearly $6,000 in options. Features like a driver-assistance package, performance seats and 18-inch polished aluminum wheels padded the bottom line and made it all the more desirable.

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