2011 Cadillac
CTS CTS-V
vs. 2011 Kia
Optima SX

2011 Kia Optima SX

9.7

Winner

Kia Optima SX

starting from

$26,950
"A large, clear display and intuitive layout."
edmunds.com | talking about the Optima's controls
"The cabin remains pleasantly quiet and calm."
edmunds.com | talking about the Optima's noise

Reasons to buy the Kia Optima SX

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Fantastic range on the highway
629 miles
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Good highway fuel efficiency
34 mpg
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Good range in the city
407 miles
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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
2011 Cadillac CTS CTS-V

9.6

Runner-up

Cadillac CTS CTS-V

starting from

$64,520
"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 CTS-V

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Power windows
Standard
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Quite powerful
556 HP @ 6,100 RPM
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Great cornering ability
0.95 g
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Blindingly fast 1/4 mile time
12.4 s @ 117 mph
Entertainment System 8.4 vs 10.0
2011 Cadillac CTS CTS-V Winner: CTS CTS-V
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  • If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the CTS CTS-V; no amount of money can buy it on the Optima SX
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the CTS CTS-V's satellite radio
  • The CTS CTS-V has 4 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 6
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Kia Optima SX Winner: Optima SX
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  • A single tank lasts more than 80% longer, 629 miles vs 342 miles
  • The Optima SX's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the CTS CTS-V
  • The Optima SX's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the CTS CTS-V
Cost 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Kia Optima SX Winner: Optima SX
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  • The best price we've seen is $37,570 cheaper (2.4x less), $26,950 vs $64,520
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 5 year vs 4 year
  • Gets around 60% more miles per gallon in the city, 22 mpg vs 14 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Child door locks come standard
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
  • Neither offers a sun roof
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have an air compressor, quite rare for this class of vehicle
  • Both cars are sporty, but the CTS CTS-V in particular is a responsive car
Road Tests - vs 10.0
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Overall 9.7 vs 9.6

Entertainment System

Kia
Optima SX
2011 Kia Optima SX
2011 Cadillac CTS CTS-V Cadillac
CTS CTS-V
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Number of speakers 6 vs 10 The CTS CTS-V has more speakers, but the Optima SX has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the CTS CTS-V's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Standard If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the CTS CTS-V; no amount of money can buy it on the Optima SX

Practicality

Kia
Optima SX
2011 Kia Optima SX
2011 Cadillac CTS CTS-V Cadillac
CTS CTS-V
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 629 miles vs 342 miles The Optima SX gets fantastic distance, but the CTS CTS-V is very limited
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Cargo space 15.4 ft3 vs 13.6 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 60.2 ft3 vs 54.0 ft3 The Optima SX has very spacious front seats, and the CTS CTS-V is OK
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The Optima SX's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the CTS CTS-V
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The Optima SX's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the CTS CTS-V
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Standard The CTS CTS-V's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the Optima SX
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Cupholders 8 vs 4 The Optima SX has an absurd number of cupholders, 2 extra in front and 2 extra in rear
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

Kia
Optima SX
2011 Kia Optima SX
2011 Cadillac CTS CTS-V Cadillac
CTS CTS-V
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MSRP $26,950 vs $64,520 The Optima SX has a reasonable price, while the CTS CTS-V is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 14 mpg The Optima SX has OK city mileage, while the CTS CTS-V is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 60,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Both have long-lasting basic warranties, but Optima SX in particular is extraordinary
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basic warranty years 5 year vs 4 year Both have long-lasting basic warranties, but Optima SX in particular is extraordinary

Safety Features

Kia
Optima SX
2011 Kia Optima SX
2011 Cadillac CTS CTS-V Cadillac
CTS CTS-V
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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 None vs OnStar

Luxury Features

Kia
Optima SX
2011 Kia Optima SX
2011 Cadillac CTS CTS-V Cadillac
CTS CTS-V
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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

Kia
Optima SX
2011 Kia Optima SX
2011 Cadillac CTS CTS-V Cadillac
CTS CTS-V
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 4 stars The Optima SX is exceptionally safe; 1.5x safer than the CTS CTS-V
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 3 stars vs Unknown

Performance

Kia
Optima SX
2011 Kia Optima SX
2011 Cadillac CTS CTS-V Cadillac
CTS CTS-V
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Horsepower 274 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 556 HP @ 6,100 RPM The CTS CTS-V is very powerful, while the Optima SX is only of average power
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission Both the Optima SX's semi-automatic transmission and the CTS CTS-V's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Standard vs Not Available The Optima SX comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the CTS CTS-V
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs Supercharger Both have an air compressor, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 12.4 lb/hp vs 7.6 lb/hp Both cars are sporty, but the CTS CTS-V in particular is a responsive car
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive The CTS CTS-V has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.8 ft vs Unknown

Road Tests

Kia
Optima SX
2011 Kia Optima SX
2011 Cadillac CTS CTS-V Cadillac
CTS CTS-V
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0-60 mph 7.4 seconds vs 4.1 seconds The CTS CTS-V has lightning fast acceleration and the Optima SX is just OK
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Braking distance at 60mph 125 ft vs 106 ft The CTS CTS-V has extraordinary brakes, but the Optima SX is just OK
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1/4 mile 16.1 s @ 83 mph vs 12.4 s @ 117 mph The CTS CTS-V's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the Optima SX's is OK, too
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Lateral acceleration 0.78 g vs 0.95 g The CTS CTS-V has phenomenal cornering abilities, but the Optima SX is below average
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Top speed Unknown vs 179 mph

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2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 2011 Cadillac STS CTS 3.6 vs STS
2011 Cadillac CTS CTS-V 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 CTS CTS-V vs Corvette Z06
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 2012 Lincoln MKZ CTS 3.6 vs MKZ
2011 Kia Optima EX 2011 Nissan Maxima SV Optima EX vs Maxima SV
2011 Kia Optima EX 2011 BMW 328i Optima EX vs 328i
2011 Kia Optima EX 2012 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Optima EX vs Genesis 3.8
2011 Kia Optima SX 2011 Audi A4 Premium Optima SX vs A4 Premium
2011 Kia Optima SX 2011 Toyota Avalon Optima SX vs Avalon

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