Cadillac CTS-V

Learn more about the 2012 Cadillac CTS-V

The Good

The supercharged V8 engine in the 2012 Cadillac CTS-V is one of the finest motors the company has ever built. Overall, the body construction is superb and provides an optimal balance between responsiveness, performance and ride quality.

The Bad

The car is heavier than other vehicles in its class, which is a key contributing factor to its low fuel efficiency. Seating is a tad on the uncomfortable side and interior space is at a premium.

The Bottom Line

The 2012 CTS-V offers every bit as much fun and refinement as its comparable European counterparts, with reduced maintenance and repair costs given its domestic origins.


The 2012 Cadillac CTS is available in numerous configurations, including a sedan, a sport wagon and a coupe. This article focuses on the Cadillac CTS-V coupe, which is priced at the high end of the CTS spectrum; the Cadillac CTS-V price is lower if you are opting for the sedan or the sport wagon models.

MSRP: $65,410 (base price)

Average paid: $64,800


Acceleration and power

The 6.2 L V8 engine in the 2012 Cadillac CTS-V coupe tops out at a whopping 556 horsepower, which is capable of propelling even this relatively heavy car from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 3.9 seconds. However, keep in mind that the supercharged engine and the vehicle’s bulky weight lead to heavy fuel consumption. On the whole, though Cadillac CTS-V reviews have raved about the responsiveness and raw power of the car’s new engine. The Cadillac CTS-V top speed is reported by the automaker as being 198 miles per hour.

Handling and braking

On the whole, the steering has also earned rave reviews for its finely tuned responsiveness and the excellent degree of control drivers feel over the vehicle, even at high speeds. Despite its bulk, the Cadillac CTS-V coupe handles like a much smaller and sportier vehicle, displaying excellent cornering ability and fine maneuvering capabilities.

The all-wheel anti-lock disc brakes are very strong, thanks in part to their generous dimensions. The front brake rotor diameter and thickness measure in at 15 by 1.26 inches respectively, with the rear brake rotors measuring 14.7 inches by 1.1 inches.



Considering the overall size and weight of the vehicle, it is somewhat surprising that the interior feels as cramped as it does. While the CTS-V coupe is officially a five-passenger vehicle, full-sized adults will likely feel stuffed into the back seats and carrying the maximum number of passengers will be a dicey proposition for those in the rear seats. On the whole, the seats felt stiff. There is room for improvement in the interior comfort of the vehicle.

In terms of adjustability, power seats are standard in all CTS models; front seats are 8-way adjustable. Articulating head restraints are found on the front bucket seats, and leather trim is the default seating material.


Cadillac offers a long and comprehensive list of interior features, including heated seats, a telescoping steering wheel, programmable door locks, keyless entry and ignition, cruise control, power windows, an air filtration system, a dual-zone climate control system with individual settings for the driver and front-seat passenger, and a driver information center and trip computer.

The factory entertainment system consists of a 10-speaker Bose surround sound stereo with AM/FM radio, CD/DVD player and MP3 capability. There is also a built-in HDD navigation system, complete with XM real-time traffic updates for those times when you’re stuck in a traffic jam.

Cargo space

The 2012 Cadillac CTS-V coupe has a trunk cargo capacity of 13.1 cubic feet; this is slightly above average for its class, and is one way in which the vehicle benefits from relatively bulky dimensions.


Crash test data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was not available. The Cadillac CTS-V coupe offers a wide range of standard safety features, including dual-stage driver and passenger airbags, front and rear head curtain airbags, and front-seat side-impact airbags. The vehicle also comes with automatic crash response assistance, an anti-theft mechanism and a one-year subscription to General Motors’ signature OnStar service.


The Cadillac CTS was introduced for the 2011 model year, and the major difference between the debut model and the 2012 model is in the V6 engine found in the vehicle’s base models, which is more powerful this year.

  • Transmission: 6-speed manual with overdrive (automatic available)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
  • Engine Type: V8
  • Engine Size: 6.2 L
  • Horsepower: 556 @ 6100 rpm
  • Torque: 551 @ 3800 rpm
  • MPG, City: 14 MPG
  • MPG, Highway: 19 MPG
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