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2014 Cadillac CTS

Large luxury car

Crashworthiness
Front crash
prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
with optional
equipment
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
3
Driver and front passenger knee airbags: separate airbags in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes
4
Electronic stability control
5
Antilock brakes
6
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 2014 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
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 redesigned for the 2014 model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by General Motors as part of frontal crash test verification.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the head, neck, and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the right tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. The driver side curtain airbag deployed during the crash. After the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, its head contacted the side curtain airbag.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2014 Cadillac CTS Performance 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,858 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase115 in.
Length196 in.
Width72 in.
Engine3.6 L V6
EPA ratings18 mpg city / 26 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF1228
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)1
Left (cm)2
Center (cm)2
Right (cm)1
Brake pedal (cm)2
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)0
Right (cm)0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)-1
Rearward (cm)2
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF1228
Head
HIC-15250
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)0.9
Extension bending moment (Nm)13
Maximum Nij 0.25
Chest maximum compression (mm)26
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)1.4
Femur force - right (kN)3.6
Knee displacement - left (mm)3
Knee displacement - right (mm)4
Maximum tibia index - left0.36
Maximum tibia index - right0.55
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.8
Tibia axial force - right (kN)6.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left85
Right97

Applies to 2014 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
A
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Cadillac CTS was redesigned for the 2014 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by General Motors as part of side crash test verification.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Passenger — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2014 Cadillac CTS 4-door
Weight 3,630 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase115 in.
Length196 in.
Width72 in.
Engine2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings20 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTS1304
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-14.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTS1304
Head HIC-15482
Neck
Tension (kN)1.0
Compression (kN)0.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)47
Lateral force (kN)2.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)38
Average deflection (mm)36
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)4.05
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.52
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.6
Acetabulum force (kN)2.2
Combined force (kN)3.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.6
L-M moment (Nm)52
A-P moment (Nm) 102

Passenger injury measures

Test IDVTS1304
Head HIC-1518
Neck
Tension (kN)0.2
Compression (kN)0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)6
Lateral force (kN)0.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)19
Average deflection (mm)11
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)1.83
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.17
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.0
Acetabulum force (kN)2.0
Combined force (kN)3.0
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.2
L-M moment (Nm)42
A-P moment (Nm) 36

Applies to 2014-15 models

System details

  • Optional Automatic Collision Preparation
  • Optional Forward Collision Alert

Package name

  • Optional Driver Assist Package
  • Optional Driver Awareness Package, Driver Assist Package

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Superior
with optional
equipment
5 points total

Forward collision warning

This system meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
1 point

Low-speed autobrake

In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
2 points

High-speed autobrake

In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 12 mph.
2 points

Tested vehicle

2014 Cadillac CTS Premium Collection 4-door

How this rating is determined

Applies to 2014-15 models

System details

  • Optional Forward Collision Alert

Package name

  • Optional Driver Awareness Package, Driver Assist Package

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Basic
with optional
equipment
1 point total

Forward collision warning

This system meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
1 point

Low-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

High-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

How this rating is determined

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