2003 Cadillac CTS

  • 2003 Cadillac CTS Base Sedan

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      3.2L V6
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2003 Cadillac CTS Review

High quality ride and optimum utility all in one.

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The 2003 Cadillac CTS is a sedan with a 3.2-liter engine and a roomy interior. It competes in the luxury sports sedan market segment alongside the BMW 3-Series and the Audi A4. It has the expected luxuries of a luxury sedan including leather interior materials and comfort features such as dual-zone climate control.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.2-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual
Models: Cadillac CTS

What's New

The 2003 Cadillac CTS comes with a leather interior and an eight-way power driver seat as standard equipment. It comes as a rear-drive unit with Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS) as standard safety fittings. In fact, it's the first to be released with a manual transmission engine since the 1950s.


The 2003 Cadillac CTS comes with 16-inch alloy wheels and P225/55R H all-season tires. The interior dimensions are 70.6 inches width, 56.7 inches height, and 190.1 inches length. It sits on a 5.9-inch ground clearance and rides on 113.4-inch wheelbase. It can handle 12.8 cubic feet cargo in its trunk and can tow 1000 pounds maximum with the right equipment. The windshield comes with variable intermittent wipers, and the rear window comes with a defogger. It comes with power heating exterior mirrors.


The 2003 Cadillac CTS comes with eight-way power driver seat that is height-adjustable. The front seats are leather as is the shift knob and the steering wheel. The front console and the front seatback have storage, while it comes with a cup holder in the front and rear and the door pockets have storage. The power features include power door locks and power windows, and it comes with power steering on a tilt-adjustable steering wheel. The steering wheel has audio and cruise controls on it. For comfort, it comes with dual-zone climate controls for the driver and passenger and has reading lights in the front and in the rear.

The 2003 Cadillac CTS gets an electro-chromatic rearview mirror that dims the glare of the lights in night traffic. Both the driver and the front passenger get an illuminating vanity mirror each. The dashboard has a clock and an entertainment system, which comes with seven 200-watts stereo speakers and an AM/FM radio with a single CD-player. The interior dimensions are 38.5 inches headroom, 53.3 inches hip room, 42.4 inches legroom, and 56.1 inches shoulder room, making it a roomy sedan.

Performance & Handling

The 2003 Cadillac CTS is a rear-drive vehicle with a five-speed manual transmission. The base sedan engine is 3.2-liter V-6 that comes with 220-hp at 6000 rpm and 220 lb-ft of torque at 3400 rpm with 24 valves and double overhead cam (DOHC). The suspension system comes with short and long arm front suspension, multi-link rear suspension, and four-wheel independent suspension. The pre-impact safety features are four-wheel Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS), ventilated disc brakes in the front and rear, and traction control and electronic brake-force distribution systems.


The 2003 Cadillac CTS has post-impact safety features that include head airbags in the front and rear. The airbags come with occupant sensing deactivation system, which protect occupants from injuries from a launching airbag. It comes with side-mounted airbags in the front. The seats in the front and rear come with height-adjustable headrests, which protect occupants from neck injuries and whiplash in an impact.

All of the 2003 Cadillac CTS’ seats have three-point seatbelts with pretensioners, which hold seat occupants to the seatback in an impact or in sharp braking. The rear seat comes with child seat anchors, and the rear doors have child safety door locks. Child safety door locks ensure that a child cannot open the doors without the assistance of an adult. It comes with anti-theft alarm system and an engine immobilizer as theft deterrent systems. The front has daytime running lights, fog lights, and dusk sensing headlamps.

EPA Fuel Economy

Cadillac CTS: 19/26 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Roomy interior
  • Engine power
  • Suspension
  • Handling
  • Maneuverability

You Won't Like

  • Strong design lines

Sum Up

High quality ride and optimum utility all in one.

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