2006 Cadillac CTS

large luxury car / 4-door sedan

2006 Cadillac CTS 4-door sedan
2003 Cadillac CTS shown


Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Head restraints & seats

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights


  • G
  • A
  • M
  • P
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2003-07 models built after September 2002

Tested vehicle: 2003 Cadillac CTS 4-door

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.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the second of two frontal offset crash tests.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the second crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well.

Loading of the head into the airbag is shown in this photo taken during the second test.

Dummies' knees and/or shins routinely hit and often damage the areas under the dashboard. These areas are smoothly contoured in the CTS.

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2003-07 models

Seat type: Seats without adjustable lumbar

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry