The Cadillac CTS has been named the best choice among luxury sedans after it earned an overall road test score of 84 (equivalent to an "excellent" rating), according to the Consumer Reports' (CR) February 2010 issue.
This award means it beat rivals like the Acura RL ("very good"), Mercedes-Benz E350 ("very good") and Lincoln MKS ("very good").
In a release, David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports' Auto Test Center said that the CTS outscores some of the best imported luxury sports sedans due to its "excellent driving dynamics, a smooth and punchy drivetrain and a well-furnished interior."
According to CR, the CTS "gives up virtually nothing to the premium European cars tested in terms of refinement, powertrain, ride, or handling."
The car is powered by a 3.6l six-cylinder engine that generates 304 hp (the same one chosen on Ward Automotive Group's 2009 best engines list). The CTS can reach a top speed of 155.3 mph (250 km/h), while it uses up to 21 mpg (11.2l/100Km) in combined cycle.
The CR also found the CTS to average 19 mpg overall. CR describes the ride of the CTS as "supple" while the "control and handling are agile and sporty." The six-speed automatic transmission of the tested CTS "shifts responsively", while braking is "excellent." The CTS is priced at $50,995.