For decades, it has been a dream among the true car enthusiasts working at General Motors to turn Cadillac into a viable competitor against the top-tier luxury brands from Europe. That dream long seemed delusional—silly even—and the division’s initial efforts were easy to dismiss.

As with any great undertaking, progress was slow but over time it began to build. Under Bob Lutz, the division engineered a lineup of rear-wheel-drive cars, because such coupes and sedans are the soul of the brand flagships from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. The 2003 Cadillac CTS signaled Cadillac’s seriousness, although it only nipped at the heels of its targets. The second-generation 2008 Cadillac CTS was better, and the goal to become a top-tier brand suddenly seemed not so crazy after all. Even so, when we drove this, the third-generation 2014 Cadillac CTS, many of us were astonished at how completely Cadillac had realized its long-held dream.

The 2014 Cadillac CTS doesn’t just drive like the best European sports sedans; it drives better. And after making it an Automobile Magazine All-Star, we knew we wanted to spend more time with this watershed in Cadillac’s development. So we chose a 2014 Cadillac CTS for a Four Seasons test.

The Vsport is clearly the 2014 Cadillac CTS version to get. It is not only the top-tier CTS but also it is the ultimate expression of the car’s mission. The 2014 Vsport comes two ways: standard and premium. The latter crests $70,000 (lofty sticker prices being another aspect of German luxury sedans that Cadillac seeks to emulate), so we exercised an uncharacteristic bit of restraint and went with the standard version, which is $10,000 cheaper. Do note that the standard Cadillac Vsport is very well equipped, as you can see from the long list of standard equipment below. We added only one option: metallic paint in majestic plum.

Is the new 2014 Cadillac CTS truly sports sedan royalty? Is the dream real? We have one full year to find out.

2014 CADILLAC CTS SPECS

  • OVERVIEW
  • POWERTRAIN
  • CHASSIS
  • MEASUREMENTS
  • EQUIPMENT
  • OPTIONS

BODY STYLE4-door sedan

ACCOMMODATION5-passenger

CONSTRUCTIONSteel unibody

BASE PRICE (WITH DEST.)$59,995

AS TESTED$60,490

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