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2003 Cadillac CTS

Large luxury car
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    P
Ratings shown are the latest available for this model year.
See below for ratings based on manufacture date.
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
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
G
G
2013
G
G
G
G
2012
G
G
G
G
2011
G
G
G
G
2010
G
G
G
2009
G
G
G
2008
G
G
G
2007
G
P
2006
G
P
2005
G
P
2004
G
P
2003
G
P

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 vehicle2003 Cadillac CTS 4-door
Weight 3,554 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase113 in.
Length190 in.
Width71 in.
Engine3.2 L V6
EPA ratings18 mpg city / 26 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0221
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 IDCEF0221
Head
HIC-15232
Peak gs at hard contactnegligible
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 - left0.31
Maximum tibia index - right0.63
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left76
Right65

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 vehicle2003 Cadillac CTS 4-door
Weight 3,627 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase113 in.
Length190 in.
Width71 in.
Engine3.2 L V6
EPA ratings18 mpg city / 26 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0209
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 IDCEF0209
Head
HIC-15687
Peak gs at hard contact104
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 - left0.50
Maximum tibia index - right1.02
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.1
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left72
Right64

Applies to 2003-07 models

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

Seat type

Seats without adjustable lumbar

How this test is conducted

Seat typeSeats without adjustable lumbar
Geometry
Backset (mm)82
Distance below top of head (mm)58
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)10.5
Head contact time (ms)100
Force ratingHigh
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)351
Max neck tension (N)1,148

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