2011 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
vs. 2011 Cadillac
STS

2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6

10.0

starting from

$42,605
"The biggest surprise though, would have to be the transmission...we were glad to have it."
automobilemag.com | talking about the CTS's transmission
"The FE3 suspension on our tester manages the car’s considerable weight with supreme competence, keeping body motions in check through quick switchbacks."
automobilemag.com | talking about the CTS's ride quality

Reasons to buy the Cadillac CTS 3.6

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Has auxiliary audio input
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Good braking distance from 60mph
108 ft
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Folding rear seats
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Average range on the highway
486 miles
2011 Cadillac STS

9.8

Runner-up

Cadillac STS

starting from

$48,155

Reasons to buy the Cadillac STS

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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Spacious back seats
48.2 ft3
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Has rear spoiler
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Winner: CTS 3.6
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  • The CTS 3.6's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the CTS 3.6's satellite radio; in the STS , too, but it'll cost
  • Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the STS
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Winner: CTS 3.6
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  • The best price we've seen is $5,550 cheaper (more than 10% less), $42,605 vs $48,155
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.9
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  • People mover
  • Neither offers power outlets
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Neither offers a sun roof
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Performance - vs -
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  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.8

Entertainment System

Cadillac
CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac STS Cadillac
STS
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Number of speakers 10 vs 15 The STS has an extraordinary amount of speakers, and the CTS 3.6 is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The STS 's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the CTS 3.6 does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the CTS 3.6's satellite radio; in the STS , too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs No The CTS 3.6 can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Yes Both have subwoofers for a richer bass sound
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entertainment system Standard vs Optional Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the STS

Cost

Cadillac
CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac STS Cadillac
STS
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MSRP $42,605 vs $48,155 The CTS 3.6 has a great price and the STS is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 18 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Average basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Average lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

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CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac STS Cadillac
STS
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs OnStar

Practicality

Cadillac
CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac STS Cadillac
STS
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Passengers 5 vs 5 People mover
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Highway driving range 486 miles vs 459 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 13.6 ft3 vs 13.8 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.0 ft3 vs 55.9 ft3 The STS has roomy front seats and the CTS 3.6 is OK
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folding rear seats Optional vs Not Available The CTS 3.6 offers an optional folding rear seat for extra cargo room; not available on the STS
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power outlets Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 vs 4 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Luxury Features

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CTS 3.6
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2011 Cadillac STS Cadillac
STS
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Crash Test Ratings

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CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac STS Cadillac
STS
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 5 stars The better is 1.5x safer than the CTS 3.6
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Performance

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CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac STS Cadillac
STS
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Horsepower 304 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 302 HP @ 6,300 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both offer an automatic transmission, standard for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Standard The STS comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the CTS 3.6
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 12.7 lb/hp vs 13.2 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

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CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac STS Cadillac
STS
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0-60 mph 6.5 seconds vs 6.4 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 108 ft vs 133 ft The CTS 3.6 has above average braking ability, but the STS is quite bad
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1/4 mile 14.9 s @ 95 mph vs 14.9 s @ 97 mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.84 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 146 mph vs Unknown

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2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 2012 Lincoln MKZ CTS 3.6 vs MKZ
2011 Cadillac CTS CTS-V 2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition CTS CTS-V vs GT-R Black Edition
2011 Cadillac STS 2011 Cadillac DTS STS vs DTS
2011 Cadillac STS 2011 Chrysler 300 300C STS vs 300 300C
2011 Cadillac STS 2012 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 STS vs Genesis 3.8
2011 Cadillac STS 2012 Chevrolet Impala LT STS vs Impala LT
2011 Cadillac STS 2011 Buick Lucerne CXL Premium STS vs Lucerne CXL Premium

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