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Car and Driver: 2017 Cadillac CTS Gets Reshuffled Trim Levels, Minor Visual Updates

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Cadillac’s core luxury sedans, the compact ATS and the mid-size CTS, are struggling to make inroads on the German competition, at least sales-wise. To fight that, the 2017 CTS is receiving some trim-level updates similar to those visited upon the smaller ATS, along with a mild visual refresh. And when we say “mild,” we might even be overstating it: The only noticeable change up front is an additional horizontal chrome bar for the grille, while at the rear are reshaped exhaust outlets.

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The more significant changes are to the 2017 CTS sedan’s trim-level structure, which is more logically arranged and includes fewer models than before. The base CTS, which starts at $46,990 ($435 higher than before), comes only with the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder and doesn’t offer a whole lot in terms of luxury equipment.

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The CTS Luxury, starting at $52,690, also comes standard with the 2.0T engine but it allows buyers to step up to the 3.6-liter V-6, for an extra $2000. The Luxury also adds luxury essentials such as leather seats, a sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats, along with several active-safety features including blind-spot warning, lane-keep assist, and forward collision warning.

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One step up is the CTS Premium Luxury, which comes standard with the 3.6-liter engine as well as features including adaptive dampers, rain-sensing wipers, and park assist, for its starting price of $60,190. In all models, either engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive is a $2000 option.

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The performance-oriented, 420-hp CTS Vsport, a 10Best winner for the past three years, and the bonkers, 640-hp CTS-V, return for 2017, although they don’t receive the same visual updates as the standard CTS models. The Vsport’s two-model lineup stays mostly the same, with the standard car starting at $61,690 ($740 more than before), and the Vsport Premium, which adds all sorts of extra equipment, starting at $71,790. The 2017 CTS-V’s price is unchanged, at $85,990.

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Some new technology features are also part of the 2017 updates. The CTS is now available with the rearview-camera mirror that debuted on the Cadillac CT6. It’s a $475 option on CTS Luxury models, and comes standard on the Premium Luxury and both Vsport trims. The CUE infotainment system, standard on all CTS sedans, gets a few upgrades including enhanced app support and teen-driver features including speed alerts and audio volume limits.

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Cadillac says that these trim and tech changes bring the CTS more in line with the brand’s newer models like the CT6 sedan and XT5 crossover. We’ll see soon enough if the 2017 updates can lure more buyers into Cadillac showrooms, as the 2017 CTS and ATS will go on sale by the end of the summer.

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