Cadillac CTS gets the top spots in the 2012 Total Car Score index

Article by Christian A., on July 3, 2012

After compiling car ratings from 9 automotive review and ratings sites, Total Car Score came up with the Top 10 Best American Cars of 2012. Six of the vehicles in the list are from General Motors. And of these vehicles, five are in the top six while the Cadillac SRX took the No. 9 place. Total Car Score, an automotive research and comparison Web site, gathered the car ratings from sites like MSN Autos, U.S. News & World Report and Consumer Guide.

Total Car Score was launched last February. Karl Brauer, CEO of Total Car Score, said that the list is composed of sedans and SUVs. Only 2012 models were considered in the list.

But for comparison, the Total Car Score also tabulated 2011 car ratings. The No. 1 spot went to Cadillac CTS with a rating of 86.49. Buick LaCrosse was No. 2 with 85.01 while the Chevrolet Traverse took third place with 84.87. Ford has two models in the top 10. The Ford Flex was No. 4 with 84.44 while its Taurus SHO was No. 8. Coming in at No. 5 is GM's Acadia SUV at 84.18. Cadillac's CTS-V was No. 6 at 83.65.

In 2011, Ford had five models in the top 10. These are the Taurus, F-150 SVT Raptor, Flex, Mustang and the Lincoln MKZ. Brauer said that many of the high-ranking autos aren't high-mpg vehicles but they still get high ratings due to their quality.

He thinks that those on this list are the cars that Americans “want” to buy instead of what they think they “should” buy. Chrysler had two 300 models in the list. No. 7 went to the 300 with 83.29 while the 300 SRT-8 was at No. 10 with 82.59. Brauer said that the list proves that the American automakers’ best cars, which are still in the market after several years, have “staying power."

The design comes with a totally new overall appearance, the most innovative proportion of the CTS is in the shape of a two-inch broader track as the outcome of the added all-wheel-drive configuration that is completely optional. The broader built provides the new variant a more stable, able and well-grounded look that is expressed by a tighter tire-to-fender ratio.

The broader built also makes more tumblehome - the car sides are carved inward - giving a look of back-wheel-drive performance with a not-so-high roof line, without having to adjust the spacious interior or headroom.

Also, a broader, tapering panel, shorter, more defined hood, smoother wheel housing and a tighter wheel-to-body ratio aid express the CTS' stamina as well as its elegance and function.

Seven-spoke, 17-inch wheels or offered nine-spoke, 18-inch wheels wrap around bigger top quality brake rotors and calipers. Machined finishes and painted units are offered for the basic 17-inch wheels. The bigger, 18-inch wheels are offered in a high-polish finish or a prime multicoat finish.

Patterned from the Cadillac's hallmark Sixteen concept vehicle, the CTS front look is instantly noticeable, but is also new. The big, dual-textured grille in chrome is particularly more upright in shape, and is intricate as well as aggressive.

A huge wreath and crest installed at the center contribute to the 3D appearance. The front appearance is balanced with wonderfully stacked headlights with bright bezels that look like a staircase. The air intake is fenced on equal sides with fog lights and brake duct intakes.

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