Every year, the staff at Motor Trend gathers every completely new or redesigned vehicle on the market and votes for one to be crowned its Car of the Year. For the second time in three generations, the Cadillac CTS earns the honor of the magazine’s Golden Caliper.
Earmarked as a finalist for the award against seven other new vehicles, the CTS and its fellow contenders were each judged in the categories of “Design Advancement,” “Engineering Excellence,” “Efficiency,” “Safety,” “Value,” and “Performance of Intended Function.”
Although the BMW 4-Series, Chevrolet Corvette, Jaguar F-Type, Kia Forte, Mazda3, Mazda6, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class each put up the good fight, none of these vehicles ultimately were able to steal the CTS’ thunder.
When it comes to “Design Advancement” Motor Trend is quick to call the CTS “elegant and light” and “purposeful,” with particular praise going to the front-end design and its “light blade” that creates an “unmistakable look as easily identifiable in a rearview mirror as when you’re standing in front of it.”
Motor Trend also praised Cadillac’s choice of engines for the CTS. With three options, ranging from a mild-mannered 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine, to the wild 420-horsepower twin-turbo V6 in the Vsport, and even the naturally aspirated V6 in between, Motor Trend found that each engine offered power and fuel economy that met or exceeded that of its competition.
With 10 standard airbags and a reasonable starting price of $46,025, the CTS revealed itself as both a safe car and a terrific value.
But where the CTS really stood out was in the category of “Performance of Intended Function.”
Motor Trend is quick to note that the Car of the Year award is not a comparison test, yet with the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class also in contention, the yearly award did become a default comparison test between three of the best mid-size luxury sedans. The fact that the 5-Series and E-Class didn’t even make it as finalists helped prove early on that Cadillac achieved the CTS’ “Performance of Intended Function” – to beat BMW and Mercedes-Benz in their long-held spot as makers of some of the world’s best sports sedans.
Don’t believe Motor Trend’s findings? Then come down to Red Noland Cadillac and see the all-new CTS for yourself and find out why it’s Motor Trend’s 2014 Car of the Year.