Cadillac is in General Motors’ luxury vehicle division, and they have been making some of the best-known American luxury cars for over 100 years. The CTS Coupe is one body style available in the CTS model; it sports two doors, a boxy sports car look, and a big front end that is all Cadillac.

The CTS model has been manufactured since 2002 as an American answer to European luxury vehicles. The CTS Coupe is offered in three different levels: Standard, Performance, and Premium. Basic models have a manufactured suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $38,715. The Performance model has an MSRP beginning at $43,950 and the Premium package starts at $48,150.

What are the CTS Coupe’s dimensions and specifications?

Each level or trim of the CTS Coupe features a 3.6L Direct Injection V6 engine that puts out 318 horsepower. They all have a 6-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive; though each is offered with an all-wheel drive option that adds almost $2,000 to the price. The CTS measures 188.5 inches in length and 74 inches in width. Front headroom measures at just less than 37 inches, and rear headroom is 34.6 inches.

Estimated fuel economy for each 2012 trim is 18 mpg for city driving and 27 mpg for highway driving. The all-wheel drive models lose about two mpg for both city and highway driving. Each Coupe uses an 18-gallon fuel tank. The CTS models also feature an independent sport suspension that Cadillac boasts was developed on Germany’s Nürburgring racetrack for optimal handling.

Cadillac also offers a CTS-V Coupe that comes with a V8, 6.2L engine that puts out an impressive 556 horsepower. It is offered in a 6-speed automatic or manual transmission, and it starts out at $64,515.

What features does the Cadillac CTS Coupe have?

Standard safety features found on all three trims include Buick’s StabiliTrack system that enhances handling and control in wet and slippery driving conditions in addition to 4-wheel antilock brakes, electronic parking brake and traction control. Further standard safety equipment found on all the CTS Coupes includes daytime running lights, ultrasonic rear park assist and Onstar capabilities. All CTS Coupes also have front air bags, side air bags and head curtain airbags.

Standard features on all three trims are power front seats, keyless access, and keyless start up. They all include a Bose audio system and satellite radio, but the two higher trims include 10 speakers, USB ports and 40 GB memory for storing music.

Optional safety features on the Performance and Premium trims include Side Blind Zone alerts, a rearview backup camera, ambient lighting, leather seats, a remote starter and more.

The Premium trim also offers manual shifting with a paddle located on the steering wheel.

What are the safety ratings for the Cadillac CTS Coupe?

The National Highway Travel Safety Administration has not yet rated the 2012 CTS Coupe in its Five-Star safety testing. However, both the 2012 sedan and sports wagon CTS models received five out of five star ratings for front and side crashes and four out of five star ratings for rollover.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also rated the CTS sedan highly, with a Top Safety Pick Award for the 2012 model. While the Coupe has not been rated, it shares similar safety features with the sedan and sports wagon. However, exact results cannot be determined until testing has been carried out on the CTS Coupe itself.

How much is car insurance for a CTS Coupe?

Since the Cadillac CTS Coupe is a sports car, car its insurance rates are going to be higher than its four-door cousin’s. According to MSN Money, the CTS sedan’s annual insurance rates are around $1,464. The two-door coupe will have higher auto insurance rates than the four-door due to statistics that show that sports car drivers tend to drive at higher speeds. Consequently, car insurance rates for the CTS-V Coupe averages around $1,840.

What do reviews say about the Cadillac CTS Coupe?

Expert reviewers at Edmunds.com were not impressed with the 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe, especially when compared to similar luxury sports cars. Calling it just a pretty face, they were disappointed with small cabin and trunk space and limited viewing out the back window. Furthermore, Edmund’s expert reviewers were also dissatisfied with the acceleration of the 318 horsepower engine, comparing it to a foreign model with only 211 horsepower.

Expert reviews at Car and Driver agreed that the Coupe has serious rear blind spots, but argued that the rearview backup camera of the higher trims makes an amendment to the problem.

Consumer reviewers at Kelley Blue Book were mostly positive about the CTS Coupe, only finding fault with a small interior and trunk. Reviewers on Car and Driver were not as enthusiastic about the Coupe’s handling and interior, citing many opinions for more favorable foreign luxury cars.

Does the Cadillac CTS Coupe come with a warranty?

All 2012 Cadillac CTS Coupes come with a four-year, 50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. The powertrain limited warranty is five years or 100,000 miles. Each Coupe trim also comes with roadside assistance for five years or 100,000 miles.

Cadillac has been a name of renown in the automotive industry for years. While opinions differ, none can argue that Cadillac has set its sights on the top of the luxury car market through excellent styling and impressive innovation and the Cadillac CTS coupe is a fine example of their commitment to the luxury car buyer.