For the second time in six years, the Cadillac CTS has been named Car of the Year by Motor Trend, defeating seven other finalists in the 1.1 million circulation magazine’s strenuous testing procedures.
Ed Loh, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, said in a statement judges were impressed by the sedan’s “responsive powertrains, smooth ride and sporty handling.”
The second-generation CTS sedan also received the car award in 2008.
The 2014 award was announced as then new Cadillac is about to debut at dealerships.
To become one of seven finalists in this year’s competition, 22 all-new or substantially upgraded 2014 models were tested in acceleration, braking and handling on three separate courses road course with varying surfaces.
The award process includes 10 days of testing, driving, and evaluation where judges examine each vehicle and assess six factors: design advancement; engineering excellence; efficiency (fuel); safety; value; and performance of intended function.
Coverage of the award process will be featured in the January print issue of Motor Trend or online at motortrend.com.
The 2014 Cadillac CTS is equipped with a standard 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 272 horsepower and is rated by the EPA to return 20 miles per gallon (mpg) in city driving and 30 mpg on the highway.
A 321-horsepower V-6 engine is also offered in addition to an all-new 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-6 that generates 420 horsepower.
The 2014 CTS is Cadillac’s first model to feature an 8-speed automatic transmission. Suggested retail pricing for the 2014 CTS begins at $46,025, including a $925 destination charge.