The classic American luxury car, Cadillac has spent the past decade repositioning itself as an alternative to the German and Japanese premium brands. Although the newer CTS and ATS models are strong competitors, it's the Escalade and XT5 SUVs that are attracting the most buyers.

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2017 Cadillac ATS Coupe

The Cadillac ATS is the smallest vehicle in the lineup. The smaller proportions of the ATS are almost identical to the BMW 3-Series, leaving the significantly larger CTS as an alternative to mid-sized luxury offerings. The ATS coupe is offered with two different engines, in both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models. With an available six-speed manual transmission, the ATS is clearly aimed at its segment rivals. Like other Cadillac models, the ATS is offered in a range of trim level packages including, Luxury, Performance, and Premium. With prices ranging from $38,000 to over $50,000, the ATS is priced competitively with its German rivals.

2017 Cadillac ATS Sedan

The Cadillac ATS is the smallest sedan in the lineup. The smaller proportions of the ATS are almost identical to the BMW 3-Series, leaving the significantly larger CTS as an alternative to mid-sized luxury offerings. The ATS is offered with three different engines, in both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models. With an available six-speed manual transmission, the ATS is clearly aimed at its segment rivals. Like other Cadillac models, the ATS is offered in a range of trim level packages including, Luxury, Performance, and Premium. With prices ranging from $34,000 to almost $50,000, the ATS is priced competitively with its German rivals.

2017 Cadillac CT6

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2017 Cadillac CTS

The CTS is a mid-sized sport sedan intended to do battle with European imports. Although Cadillac had positioned the CTS as a compact sedan, its larger proportions were more in line with the mid-sized offerings of most luxury automakers. An overhaul for the 2014 model year saw the CTS grow by an additional 5 inches which makes it larger than either the BMW 5-Series or the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The CTS is offered with three distinct powertrains: a 272-bhp 2.0l turbocharged four cylinder, a 321-bhp 3.6l V6 and a 420-bhp twin-turbo 3.6l V6. The first two are available in a variety of trim levels and are available with optional all-wheel-drive. The 3.6l V6 twin-turbo is exclusively available on the Vsport performance model. Although pricing for the CTS starts under $50,000, most models with leather seating are well over $50,000.

2017 Cadillac Escalade

In 1999, GM slapped a Cadillac face on its popular Tahoe/Yukon SUV, creating an ostentatious status symbol in the long tradition of Cadillac. Now in its third generation, the Escalade includes a standard 6.2l V8 engine and upgraded interior to help justify a $20,000 price premium over its siblings. Although full-size SUVs have become popular as family haulers, their only real advantage is higher tow ratings of over 7500 lbs. Full-size SUVs with truck underpinnings are robbed of interior space with the body mounted over the frame. Most buyers would be better served with a crossover SUV such as the GMC Acadia. Many offer similar legroom with improved cargo capacity and fuel efficiency for less money.

2017 Cadillac Escalade ESV

In 1999, GM slapped a Cadillac face on its popular Tahoe/Suburban/Yukon SUVs, creating an ostentatious status symbol in the long tradition of Cadillac. Now in its fourth generation, the Escalade includes a standard 6.2l V8 engine and upgraded interior to help justify a $20,000 price premium over its corporate siblings. Like the Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL, the Escalade ESV is a longer wheelbase version of the GMs full-size SUVS adding some 14 inches in length. The added length improves the usability of both the 3rd row seat and the cargo area. Although full-size SUVs have become popular as family haulers, their only real advantage is tow ratings of over 7500 lbs. Full-size SUVs with truck underpinnings are robbed of interior space with the body mounted over the frame. Most buyers would be better served with a crossover SUV such as the GMC Acadia. Many offer similar legroom with improved cargo capacity and fuel efficiency for less money.

2017 Cadillac XT5

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2017 Cadillac XTS

The Cadillac XTS is a new larger sedan that effectively replaces the DTS in the lineup. Closely related to the Buick LaCrosse, the XTS is a large front-wheel-drive sedan with standard V6 power and optional all-wheel-drive. The interior seats five and has lots of legroom, particularly in the rear seat. The XTS showcases Cadillacs new voice and touchscreen infotainment interface dubbed CUE (Cadillac User Experience).