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2003 Cadillac CTS

Large luxury car
Crashworthiness
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    P


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Model year Front overlap Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention
Small Moderate
2017
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2016
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2015
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2014
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2013
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2012
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2006
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2005
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2004
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2003
G
P
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2003-07 models built after September 2002

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Cadillac CTS was introduced in the 2003 model year as a replacement for the Cadillac Catera.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the crashworthiness of the CTS in two 40 mph frontal offset crash tests into deformable barriers. In the first test, the airbag deployed too late for optimal head protection. This led Cadillac to modify the airbag crash sensors on models produced after September 2002 (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door). The Institute tested a second CTS with the modified sensors, and the airbag inflated earlier.

Injury measures

In the second test, measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity. Head acceleration from the roof rail hit was negligible.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled in both tests. During rebound in both tests, the dummy's head hit the roof rail.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2003 Cadillac CTS 4-door
Weight 3,554 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 113 in.
Length 190 in.
Width 70 in.
Engine 3.2 L V6
EPA ratings 18 mpg city / 26 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0221
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 8
Left (cm) 12
Center (cm) 16
Right (cm) 8
Brake pedal (cm) 8
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1
Right (cm) 2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 3
Rearward (cm) -1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0221
Head
HIC-15 232
Peak gs at hard contact negligible
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.2
Extension bending moment (Nm) 15
Maximum Nij 0.37
Chest maximum compression (mm) 33
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 4.5
Femur force - right (kN) 2.2
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.31
Maximum tibia index - right 0.63
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 76
Right 65

Applies to 2003 models built before October 2002

Overall evaluation
A
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
A
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
M
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Cadillac CTS was introduced in the 2003 model year as a replacement for the Cadillac Catera.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the crashworthiness of the CTS in two 40 mph frontal offset crash tests into deformable barriers. In the first test, the airbag deployed too late for optimal head protection. This led Cadillac to modify the airbag crash sensors on models produced after September 2002 (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door). The Institute tested a second CTS with the modified sensors, and the airbag inflated earlier.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the neck, chest and left leg indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in the first test in a crash of this severity. A high acceleration occurred when the dummy's head hit the steering wheel through the airbag, indicating that head injuries would be possible. Forces on the right tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible. Head acceleration from the roof rail hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled in both tests. During rebound in both tests, the dummy's head hit the roof rail.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2003 Cadillac CTS 4-door
Weight 3,627 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 113 in.
Length 190 in.
Width 70 in.
Engine 3.2 L V6
EPA ratings 18 mpg city / 26 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0209
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 7
Left (cm) 11
Center (cm) 13
Right (cm) 11
Brake pedal (cm) 10
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 3
Rearward (cm) -1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0209
Head
HIC-15 687
Peak gs at hard contact 104
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.0
Extension bending moment (Nm) 30
Maximum Nij 0.45
Chest maximum compression (mm) 28
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 3.9
Femur force - right (kN) 2.0
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.50
Maximum tibia index - right 1.02
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.1
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 3.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 72
Right 64

Applies to 2003-07 models

Overall evaluation
P
Dynamic rating
P
Seat/head restraint geometry
A
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Seats without adjustable lumbar

How this test is conducted

Seat type Seats without adjustable lumbar
Geometry
Backset (mm) 82
Distance below top of head (mm) 58
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Fail
Max T1 acceleration (g) 10.5
Head contact time (ms) 100
Force rating 3
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 351
Max neck tension (N) 1,148
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Electronic stability control (optional)
3
Antilock brakes
4
Daytime running lights

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