There is no doubt that the Cadillac CTS Sedan is worthy of the attention, and even the price tag that is carries, but it does have some competition on the market. Many consumers have a hard time deciding what is what and why a Cadillac may be better than the competition, which are the Lexus IS250 and the Chrysler 300, in this case. The CTS may not be better or worse than either of these other vehicles, but there are some differences that may attract some buyers to one car or another.All three vehicles, the CTS Sedan, the IS250 Sedan, and the Chrysler 300 Sedan are priced about the same, with the CTS coming in right over $29,000, the Lexus coming in just over $31,000, and the Chrysler priced midway between the two at just over $30,000. Where these vehicles do differ a bit is in the engines that power them. Cadillac has powered the CTS with a 2.8 liter V6 engine that provides 210 horsepower and has a torque rating of 210 at 6500 RPM. The Lexus IS250 Sedan is powered by a 2.5 liter V6 engine that provides the driver with 204 horsepower and has a torque rating of 204 at 6400 RPM. The Chrysler 300 Sedan has the most powerful engine, a 3.5 liter V6 that provides a respectable 250 horsepower and also provides 250 torque at 6400 RPM. Each of the engines has four valves, though the engine compression ratios differ for each of the vehicles.
Fuel economy is a big deal these days with rising gas prices, so this is an area that interests most consumers. The Cadillac CTS Sedan is quite fuel efficient averaging 17 miles per gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon on the highway. The Lexus IS250 has similar fuel efficiency averages, though they are slightly better coming in at 20 miles to the gallon in the city and 29 miles to the gallon on the highway. The Chrysler 300 sedan also gets similar fuel economy ratings with 18 in the city and 26 on the highway.
All three vehicles have similar wheelbase lengths, with the CTS measuring in at 113.4 inches, the IS250 measuring 107.5 inches, and the 300 Sedan measuring in the longest at 120.0 inches. Most of the measurements of these cars in width and height are within five inches of one another, making them very similar in layout and overall size. Similar size means that each of these vehicles seats the same number of people quite comfortably, with each seating five. Rear legroom is the best in the 300 and the Lexus offers the least amount of rear legroom.
The CTS sedan, Lexus IS250, and the 300 sedan all sport front wishbone suspension and rear multi-link suspension. All three vehicles are also rear wheel drive, with antilock brakes, and driver and passenger side airbags standard. With so many similarities a consumer will really need to think about what style appeals to them, personal experience, and what they will use the vehicle for. Of course, Cadillac holds true to its reliable name with the CTS sedan, and it’s worth looking at very seriously.