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Cadillac CTS, Cadillac CTS-V, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan
Jul 29, 2003 (7:08 pm)
I usually get about 20.5 mpg in the city. Highway mixed driving I get about 26 mpg. I use 93 octane, sometime 91. The worst mileage I got was with 89 octane, 18 mpg in the city.
I probably could get better mileage if I didn't 'get on it' so often.
#7 of 26 CTS--87 octane
May 05, 2003 (8:02 am)
rsteph, my CTS turned 18k miles,including a 5K mile RT between Phoenix & Detroit. I have used 87 octane exclusively without any engine issues, knock, ping or preformance. The computer indcates 23+ avg. mpg. While I don't drive "at the limits" neither am I real conservative. I have NEVER been embarrassed by this cars performance,
on the Interstate or in town. I have used the xmission "Sport" mode on occasion and it does step things up a bit.
#8 of 26 Road Trip
Aug 07, 2003 (10:50 am)
My wife and I just completed a 925 mile trip from the Chicago area to Mackinaw City, Michigan and back.
The CTS handled superbly. It's definitely made for the road. We averaged 25.5 MPG, which wasn't bad considering we used the AC on the entire trip and ran into heavy rain on the trip up and on the trip back. We also had some major traffic jams back in the Chicago area.
Unfortunately, I had a problem with water under the drivers seat and on the rear floor. I ran a search on this discussion and located some earlier complaints along with the number of the service bulletin (TSB). The CTS is scheduled to go to the dealer on Monday.
Now that I've learned how to position my seat, I didn't have any problems with my right leg getting sore. Although neither one of us misses a lumbar support in our CTS, Cadillac should have provided one in the '03's, because when it comes to seating, "one size does not fit all".
As for brakes, the performance pads on our LuxSport are the best brakes I've ever had. The CTS stops quickly and in a straight line every time.
Dec 30, 2003 (8:50 am)
We just finished our second 650 mile trip to and from Southern Illinois this month. Since the steering wheel is adjustable and I tilt the seat back somewhat, there is no problem with placement of my hands.
I averaged 25.3 MPG on the trip, driving into a strong head wind on the leg going south. The CTS is great road car and is solid as a rock at highway speeds.
#10 of 26 CTS in the Snow
Feb 03, 2006 (12:11 pm)
I drove our 05 CTS in the snow last week. We had about 6 inches and the roads were icy and snowpacked. I put on Dunlop Sport M3 Winter tires this fall. The car has Stabilitrak. What fun! Between traction control and the Stabilitrak, there's alot going on to help. The car was impressive. Nothing like my Touareg, but not bad for RWD.
Comments on the previous post. A CTS is a good alternative to a BMW and no I-Drive; way cheaper than a 5-series and cheaper than most 3-series. We also try to buy GM if we are buying American, and the CTS is the hands-down best car they offer. Wouldn't take a Ford or Mopar on a bet. I doubt you'll see 25 mpg except on a nice level highway run below about 70 mph. Ours averages 19.8 mpg in almost 7000 mi of mostly suburban driving. That's the same as the 99 Olds Intrigue that it replaces, and way more fun. The car will go back to the dealer the first time for its first oil change, projected at about 10000 miles. In almost two years, my VW has visited the dealer no less than 15 times. I like both cars very much, though.
#11 of 26 Re: CTS in the Snow [panzer]
Feb 03, 2006 (12:45 pm)
Thanks for the tip on the Dunlop's. The only problem I have with the Goodyears on our CTS is traction on icy/wet snow, going uphill.
We've got over 43K miles and my wife is getting about 22- 23 mpg on her (part expressway/part suburban) drive to and from work. At first, our mileage was not too good. When we got around 10K miles, it improved drastically. We get about 26-27 mpg on the highway, on a non-windy day, at 70 to 75 mph. Headwinds reduce the mileage to about 20-21 mpg.
Before my wife started her current job (December) she was getting 18-20 mpg in city/suburban driving. We're both really pleased and my wife uses premium gas, with midgrade at every other fillup.
As I said before, based on this '03 CTS, our next car will be a another CTS.
#12 of 26 Re: CTS in the Snow [panzer]
Feb 03, 2006 (1:18 pm)
Snow is the least of my problems, we don't get much very often. Occasionally some freezing rain and ice, which not much of anything will do very well in. As of right now, I would settle for some rain, nothing that amounts to anything since Halloween.
As far as mileage, this first tank of mixed driving, about 60/40 highway/city, the DIC shows 21.7 as of right now. That isn't bad for a car not even close to broke in. My daily drive takes me 25 miles across the interstate at about 65-70mph depending on traffic. I think 25mpg is a reasonable estimate, and a huge improvement over the 17mpg of the Yukon.
I am a little surprised that a head wind has that big of an effect on the CTS. I thought the aerodynamics of it would make for less of an impact on mileage. It killed the Yukon, but it is about as aerodynamic as a brick! Give that Yukon a good tail wind and it could get 25mpg easily.
250 miles and loving it more each time I drive it!
#13 of 26 My Mileage is Horrible
Feb 19, 2007 (8:07 pm)
I have an 2007 2.8 and the gas mileage is a joke. Around town I get about 12MPG and on the highway I get about 20. My roomates Range Rover Supercharged gets 11.7. I brought the car in for service after a couple days of owning it because the engine light was on. They replaced a barometer sensor and ever since then the mileage as been a joke. Not very happy with this car.
#14 of 26 Re: CTS in the Snow [panzer]
Jan 29, 2008 (2:55 pm)
I'm glad to see that the CTS does well on the snow. My fiancee and I are shopping for a new car and we've found a pearl colored 2003 CTS for 12,000. It appears to be in excellent condition and I would love to have it. My only concern was snow because when I come home from college during the winter, my house gets quite a bit of snow at times and I would hate to wreck my pretty new car.
#15 of 26 Re: My Mileage is Horrible [no1listens]
Mar 08, 2008 (12:00 am)
my 03 cts has gotten 20 mpg in town and 27.5 on highway since day one. currently has 65k on odometer.