For the second time since its introduction, the Cadillac CTS is Motor Trend’s Car of the Year. It captured the honor in 2008 as well. The Caddy is also one of five GM vehicles in the running for NACTOY.
Not only did it win for a second time in less than a decade, but also it beat out two other finalists – the much-hyped Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Mazda3 – as well as the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series, which did not make the finals, to do so.
In discussing why the Caddy stood apart from the competition, Motor Trend noted the CTS chassis and praised the vehicle’s two powerplants: a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder putting out 272 horsepower and a 3.6-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder developing 321 hp.
All contenders are evaluated on three separate courses at a professional automotive test center before finalists are selected. Out of 22 contending 2014 models, Motor Trend’s judges picked seven Car of the Year finalists, in addition to the Cadillac CTS: BMW 4 Series, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Jaguar F-Type, Kia Forte, Mazda3, Mazda6 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
Each finalist is then driven on a real-world road loop that provides a range of surfaces and traffic conditions to evaluate ride and handling, engine and transmission smoothness and responsiveness, wind and road noise, and ergonomics. In the final phase of Car of the Year, Motor Trend judges debate and evaluate each vehicle in a variety of categories.
This may be the first of several accolades for the Detroit-based automaker as it has five vehicles in the running for the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) awards. The list includes the Buick Encore, Cadillac CTS, Chevrolet Corvette and Chevy Impala in the passenger car category, with the Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra pickups on the truck/utility side.