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2011 Cadillac CTS Trims

3.0L Base

Avg. Price: $23,886

The 2011 Cadillac CTS 3.0L Base might represent the entry-level sedan in its range, but it comes loaded with standard equipment.

As its name implies the CTS Base is propelled by a 3.0-liter V6 engine that makes 270 hp and 223 lb-ft of torque. Though admirably refined, the small V6 has to work hard to get the hefty CTS going. A standard six-speed manual transmission provides excellent control, but most buyers will likely opt for the smooth 6L50 automatic gearbox. Courtesy of its rear-drive platform, the 2011 CTS 3.0L Base possesses excellent handling dynamics and a refined ride.

The 2011 CTS 3.0L Base offers a luxurious interior that's full of equipment. Standard dual-zone climate control is augmented by a power driver's seat, an AM/FM/CD stereo and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. Notable options include a panoramic power sunroof and leatherette seats.

3.0L Base AWD

Avg. Price: $24,363

For those who live in snowy climates, the 2011 Cadillac CTS 3.0L Base AWD sedan offers the reassuring security of electronic all-wheel drive. The CTS's sophisticated AWD system was developed by component specialist Borg Warner and can send all of the engine's power to either end of the car.

Under the hood the CTS 3.0L Base AWD features an all-aluminum V6 motor that makes 270 hp and 223 lb-ft of torque. Though the high-tech V6 makes all the right noises, its slight torque deficit means the heavy CTS possesses only average acceleration. A smooth, refined six-speed automatic is the only transmission choice.

Standard equipment for the 2011 CTS 3.0L Base AWD includes a power driver's seat, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and an excellent AM/FM/CD stereo that also offers XM satellite radio. The comprehensive suite of safety equipment includes front, side and curtain airbags, along with seatbelt pre-tensioners and standard stability control.

3.0L Luxury

Avg. Price: $25,166

The 2011 Cadillac CTS 3.0L Luxury trim offers a significant upgrade in feature content compared to its entry-level sibling. While running gear remains the same, the CTS 3.0L Luxury sedan gets interior furnishings more appropriate for the upwardly mobile set.

Under the hood the CTS 3.0L Luxury shares its all-aluminum V6 with the Base trim. Making 270 hp and 223 lb-ft of torque, the 3.0-liter six-cylinder can be paired with either a manual or automatic gearbox. Both transmissions feature six speeds and send power to the rear wheels for excellent handling balance.

Inside the CTS 3.0L Luxury trim coddles buyers with supple power leather seats, dual-zone climate control and Bluetooth phone connectivity. Other upgrades over the base trim include a universal garage door opener, a memory function for the seats and an upgraded premium stereo with CD changer.

3.0L Luxury AWD

Avg. Price: $25,697

For those in the snow belt, the 2011 Cadillac CTS 3.0L Luxury AWD sedan is a compelling alternative to an SUV or truck. With a high-tech AWD system developed by Borg Warner, the CTS can make even the diciest road conditions seem tame.

Powering the CTS 3.0L Luxury AWD is an all-aluminum V6 engine that makes 270 hp. While the high-revving motor makes good power at the top of the range, its lack of low-end torque (only 223 lb-ft are on offer) makes the heavy CTS Luxury AWD a bit sluggish off the line. Like all AWD CTSes the 3.0L Luxury gets a six-speed automatic gearbox as the sole transmission option.

Within its quiet, stylish cabin, the 2011 CTS Luxury AWD features a host of comfort and convenience features. Standard dual-zone climate control and an excellent AM/FM/CD stereo help pass the miles quickly, while power leather seats, ambient lighting and warm wood trim contribute to the ambiance inside.

3.0L Performance

Avg. Price: $25,719

Though it's name implies otherwise, the 2011 CTS 3.0L Performance trim doesn't offer a measurable speed advantage over the more pedestrian CTS trims. Rather the CTS 3.0L Performance sedan gets a number of exterior upgrades that contribute to a sportier look.

Under the hood the 3.0-liter V6 engine makes good noises and revs smoothly, but its lack of torque means the CTS Performance trim has a bit of trouble living up to its name. Also contradictory is the lack of a manual gearbox; the CTS Performance gets a six-speed automatic as the only transmission choice.

Outside the CTS 3.0L Performance trim features 18-inch alloy wheels that improve both the car's looks and cornering ability. A sport-tuned suspension and xenon headlamps round out the package. Inside the standard equipment mirrors the CTS Luxury trim, while the longer options list is full of enticing upgrades like navigation, remote keyless start and ventilated seats.

3.0L Performance AWD

Avg. Price: $26,670

For 2011 Cadillac's CTS 3.0L Performance AWD sedan gives off the appearance of sportiness without, unfortunately, delivering the real thing. While admirably capable in bad weather (its high-tech Borg Warner AWD system can send all power to either end of the car), the CTS 3.0L Performance AWD just doesn't have enough power under its hood.

This trim is the most expensive 3.0-liter CTS that Cadillac offers, and as such it gets all kinds of standard equipment. The standard sport suspension package, along with larger 18-inch wheels, teams up with the AWD running gear to deliver supremely confident, capable handling. Yet for all its improved agility, the CTS 3.0L Performance AWD still has to make do with the same underpowered small six-cylinder common to its less-expensive siblings. The 3.0-liter mill develops 270 hp and 223 lb-ft of torque, just not enough to move the heavy AWD Caddy around quickly. A manual gearbox would help keep the engine in its useful range, yet it's oddly not available with the Performance trim.

The CTS 3.0L Performance AWD can really be dolled up inside with the addition of optional (and expensive) Recaro sport bucket seats that hold the driver firmly in place. The standard leather upholstery and high-end AM/FM/XM stereo help the cabin feel plush, while outside standard xenon headlamps and an available rear spoiler contribute to the notion of performance.

3.6L Performance

Avg. Price: $27,886

The 2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6L Performance sedan gets a big upgrade in the engine room that finally does justice to its name. While 3.0L Performance trims lack the torque for spirited acceleration, this variant, with a punchy 3.6-liter direct-injection engine, gathers speed with much more enthusiasm.

Under the CTS 3.6L Performance's hood lies a direct-injection V6 with all-aluminum construction and variable valve timing. This motor generates a robust 304 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, contributing mightily to the 3.6L Performance's vastly improved acceleration. Disappointingly, the larger engine mates only to the competent (but boring) six-speed 6L50 automatic. Cadillac has curiously deigned not to install a manual gearbox in its Performance trim.

Stepping inside the CTS 3.6L Performance, one notices the sporty optional Recaro bucket seats and supple standard leather trim. In addition to an AM/FM/CD stereo with AUX input, buyers have the option of upgrading to a hard-drive-based Navigation/stereo combo that can store hours of music within the car.

3.6L Performance AWD

Avg. Price: $28,047

With its larger engine the 2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6L Performance AWD finally has the muscle to pull (or push) its nearly two-ton curb weight. The upgraded 3.6-liter powerplant, with 304 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, proves a suitable motivator for the sophisticated Borg Warner AWD system that makes the CTS 3.6L Performance stick to the road like glue.

Outside the 2011 CTS 3.6L Performance AWD gets stylish 18-inch wheels (19-inch alloys are available) and xenon headlamps. The suspension has been revised to deliver a sportier ride, and the larger engine gives off a slightly deeper exhaust note. The interior features standard leather seats, an auto-dim rear-view mirror and an excellent AM/FM/CD stereo. Options include a slick (yet pricey) set of Recaro bucket seats and a relatively intuitive GPS navigation system.

3.6L Premium

Avg. Price: $29,206

Befitting its status as the top trim in the range, Cadillac's CTS 3.6L Premium sedan gets a plethora of luxurious features. While the Premium trim level wears a seriously premium price tag, buyers will be treated to a level of equipment usually reserved for more expensive cars.

The interior of the CTS 3.6L Premium offers nearly every convenience on earth, standard. Included are heated and cooled leather power seats with memory, an excellent hard-drive-based GPS system that incorporates a 5.1-channel surround sound stereo with satellite radio, keyless ignition with remote start and a panoramic roof.

The CTS 3.6L Premium is powered by a smooth and powerful direct-injection V6 engine. Making 304 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, the V6 propels the CTS with vigor. The six-speed automatic transmission is a willing partner, and the firm sport-tuned suspension responds confidently to any road conditions.

3.6L Premium AWD

Avg. Price: $29,040

The 2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6L Premium AWD features every single trick in the General Motors arsenal. All the stops have been pulled out to create an American sedan that can take on the best of the world.

Starting under the hood, Cadillac has given the CTS 3.6L Premium AWD its latest direct-injection V6, which pumps out 304 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. This high-tech engine mates (via a six-speed automatic) to supplier Borg Warner's excellent all-wheel-drive system. This high-tech drivetrain allows the CTS 3.6L Premium AWD to accelerate confidently and smoothly in any weather.

The interior of the CTS 3.6L Premium AWD gets the royal treatment with standard leather seats, wood trim and a high-end 5.1-channel stereo with GPS navigation. The power seats feature both heating and cooling functions, and the standard panoramic roof provides a stunning view. Though expensive, the CTS 3.6L Premium AWD offers a lot of car for the money.

Sport Wagon 3.0L AWD

3 national listings
Avg. Price: $25,770

The functional yet stylish 2011 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon 3.0L AWD gains an additional measure of utility by adding an all-wheel-drive system. The AWD CTS wagon provides a compelling alternative to bulky SUVs; it offers nearly as much cargo capacity and does very well in the snow, yet it looks and drives just like a regular CTS.

Under the hood the already strained 3.0-liter, 270-hp V6 isn't helped by the addition of heavy AWD hardware and wagon bodywork. The only transmission is a six-speed automatic that does its best to cope with the engine's lack of torque. Handling is excellent - if anything, the CTS Sport Wagon 3.0L AWD possesses a better weight balance than the sedan.

Inside the CTS Sport Wagon 3.0L AWD is decently, if not lavishly, equipped. While navigation and real cowhide are reserved for upper trim levels, the rather spartan 3.0L AWD makes do with a single-CD player and leatherette upholstery. Standard power accessories and dual-zone climate control should still provide plenty of convenience.

Sport Wagon 3.0L Base

Avg. Price: $24,188

Wearing the lowest sticker price of all CTS wagons, the 2011 CTS Sport Wagon 3.0L Base offers a lot of style and value for the money. The CTS Sport Wagon maintains the sedan's crisp proportions while adding a large dose of utility.

The extra room afforded by its extended bodywork allows the CTS Sport Wagon 3.0L Base to carry a bunch of cargo. The rear liftgate is easy to close, and the low load floor will be a welcome change for those used to SUVs. Inside the Base trim leaves buyers with a slightly de-contented cabin with faux leather seats and no wood trim. Still an AM/FM/CD stereo with satellite radio, dual-zone climate control and a power driver's seat remind you that this is, after all, a Cadillac.

Under the hood the CTS Sport Wagon 3.0L Base gets the same 270 hp V6 as the sedan. Though willing and smooth this all-aluminum motor makes just 223 lb-ft of torque. This lack of twist means the CTS Sport Wagon is a bit sluggish off the line. A manual transmission would help, but alas the wagon comes only with a six-speed automatic.

Sport Wagon 3.0L Luxury

Avg. Price: $25,036

With utility and comfort in spades, the 2011 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon 3.0L Luxury should help rekindle America's appreciation for station wagons. Though the segment has languished for years in the U.S., the new CTS Sport Wagon's edgy styling and refined road manners have redefined what an American wagon can be.

Under the hood the 2011 CTS Sport Wagon 3.0L Luxury gets the refined but slightly under-powered DOHC V6 engine. With 270 hp and 223 lb-ft of torque, the 3.0-liter motor isn't quite strong enough to deliver swift acceleration. Handling is another matter, as the CTS Sport Wagon 3.0L Luxury features a slick independent suspension and precise steering.

The Luxury trim lives up to its name with standard leather seats, an 8-speaker AM/FM/CD-changer stereo and wood trim. The cargo bay gets a standard cargo shade and safety net, both items that are unavailable on the Base trim.

Sport Wagon 3.0L Luxury AWD

Avg. Price: $25,947

The 2011 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon 3.0L Luxury AWD trim is capable enough to replace all but the largest of SUVs. With excellent traction and plenty of cargo room, about the only thing the CTS Sport Wagon can't do is tow a big trailer.

Powering the CTS Sport Wagon 3.0L Luxury AWD is the smooth but somewhat tepid V6 engine from the CTS sedan. Though it makes a respectable 270 hp, the V6's 223 lb-ft of torque aren't enough to move the heavy wagon around. The sole transmission option is a six-speed automatic.

As its name implies, luxury abounds within the interior. Standard are leather seats, an excellent 8-speaker stereo with CD-changer and glossy wood trim. Also standard are a rear cargo net and a rolling shade that keeps out prying eyes.

Sport Wagon 3.0L Performance

1 national listing
Avg. Price: $27,921

Aiming to create a sporty driving experience, the 2011 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon 3.0L Performance trim features a hunkered-down suspension and larger wheels and tires. The 18-inch rolling stock and firmer damping makes this particular trim, with its ideal weight balance and rear-wheel drive, handle corners exceptionally well.

Though the CTS Sport Wagon 3.0L Performance handles confidently, its straight-line acceleration leaves a bit to be desired. The wagon's 3.0-liter V6 engine lacks low-end torque, and the quick-witted but ultimately uninvolving six-speed automatic transmission can't help this CTS go any faster.

The interior trimmings of the Performance trim mirror those of the Luxury trim with standard leather seats (optional Recaro buckets are a nice, if expensive, upgrade), an excellent-sounding AM/FM/XM stereo with 6-CD changer and dual power seats.

Sport Wagon 3.0L Performance AWD

2 national listings
Avg. Price: $27,833

For 2011 the Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon 3.0L Performance AWD trim offers plenty of pizazz to go with its high level of utility. The Sport Wagon Performance AWD features both a generous cargo area and a high-tech Borg Warner all-wheel-drive system, allowing it to stand in for a bulky SUV.

Underneath the 2011 CTS Sport Wagon 3.0L Performance AWD resides an excellent chassis that has been tweaked with more aggressive shock settings. Combined with the all-wheel-drive, the sport suspension allows the CTS Sport Wagon Performance to grip the road with uncommon agility.

The CTS Sport Wagon Performance AWD is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine that makes 270 hp and 223 lb-ft of torque. With lots of heavy AWD hardware aboard, the smallish engine has trouble keeping up with the class leaders. A six-speed automatic gearbox is the only transmission option.

Inside the CTS Sport Wagon 3.0L Performance AWD gets standard power leather seats, an 8-speaker stereo and a cargo management system. Standard safety equipment includes six airbags and dynamic vehicle stability control.

Sport Wagon 3.6L Performance

1 national listing
Avg. Price: $28,041

The 2011 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon 3.6L Performance trim finally gets an engine that allows it to wear its "sport" and "performance" monikers with pride. With an extra half-liter of displacement and 50 extra lb-ft of torque, the upgraded V6 moves the two-ton wagon around with far greater enthusiasm.

Channeling 304 hp through a standard six-speed automatic transmission, the CTS Sport Wagon 3.6L Performance makes short work of high-speed passing. With excellent weight balance and a rear-drive layout, the CTS Sport Wagon Performance also handles corners exceptionally well.

Inside the sumptuous interior buyers will be treated to acres of leather and warm wood trim. Standard features include a premium stereo with 10 speakers, memory power seats, auto-dim rear-view mirror and xenon headlights. A GPS navigation system and panoramic sunroof are optional.

Sport Wagon 3.6L Performance AWD

Avg. Price: $30,265

Sport Wagon 3.6L Premium

Avg. Price: $29,074

As the top trim level in its range, the 2011 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon 3.6L Premium is stuffed with comfort and convenience features. Though it's priced significantly higher than the base trim, the Sport Wagon Premium offers such standard niceties as GPS navigation, heated and cooled seats and a power sunroof.

Under the hood resides the larger, 3.6-liter V6 engine. Making 304 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque this upgraded motor greatly enlivens the CTS Sport Wagon Premium's performance. A smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission is standard. With a sport suspension setup and rear-wheel drive, the CTS Sport Wagon 3.6L Premium handles corners with aplomb.

The Sport Wagon Premium's interior sparkles under the glow of standard ambient lighting. The soft leather and warm wood trim combine with the high level of equipment to create a very luxurious atmosphere. Some notable features included in this trim are a rear-view camera, remote vehicle start and a 5.1-channel surround-sound stereo with a hard drive for music storage.

Sport Wagon 3.6L Premium AWD

Avg. Price: $31,068

As possibly the finest station wagon made in America, the 2011 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon 3.6L Premium AWD offers plenty of capability wrapped in stunning sheetmetal. With performance and utility in spades, the CTS Sport Wagon Premium AWD is a compelling alternative to a staid SUV.

With a 304-hp, 3.6-liter V6 under the hood, the CTS Sport Wagon Premium AWD offers sparkling performance. Its (relative) lack of bulk pays dividends not only in acceleration, but in handling as well, where the sport-tuned suspension allows the Sport Wagon to be chucked into corners with gusto. Its Borg Warner all-wheel-drive system makes short work of tricky road conditions and operates with no driver input.

Moving to the interior, buyers will undoubtedly be very impressed with the CTS Sport Wagon Premium AWD's generous specification. The long list of standard equipment includes GPS navigation that integrates with an excellent 5.1-channel stereo system. Also included are power leather seats that offer both heating and cooling, remote start and a power sunroof.