Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Porsche Panamera VS 2014 Cadillac CTS-V Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2014 Porsche Panamera

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2014 Cadillac CTS-V

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Porsche Panamera have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Cadillac CTS-V doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Panamera offers optional Porsche Active Safe, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The CTS-V doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Panamera offers all wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The CTS-V doesn’t offer all wheel drive.

The Panamera’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The CTS-V doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Panamera offers an optional Surround View System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The CTS-V only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Panamera and the CTS-V have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

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The Panamera’s corrosion warranty is 4 years longer than the CTS-V’s (10 vs. 6 years).

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Panamera third among large premium cars in their 2013 Initial Quality Study. The CTS-V isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 28 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 13th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 34 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 14th.

Engine Comparison

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As tested in Motor Trend the Panamera Turbo is faster than the Cadillac CTS-V Sedan (automatics tested):

Panamera

CTS-V

Zero to 30 MPH

1.2 sec

1.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.5 sec

4.1 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

5.6 sec

6.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8.8 sec

9.2 sec

Quarter Mile

11.9 sec

12.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

114.7 MPH

117.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Panamera S E-Hybrid running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the CTS-V Auto (23 city/29 hwy vs. 12 city/18 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Panamera gets better fuel mileage than the CTS-V:

Panamera

CTS-V

RWD

V8 Supercharged/Manual

n/a

14 city/19 hwy

V6/Auto

18 city/27 hwy

n/a

S/Auto

17 city/27 hwy

n/a

V8 Supercharged/Auto

n/a

12 city/18 hwy

AWD

V6/Auto

18 city/27 hwy

n/a

V6 S/Auto

17 city/27 hwy

n/a

GTS/Auto

16 city/24 hwy

n/a

Turbo V8/Auto

15 city/24 hwy

n/a

The Panamera S E-Hybrid can drive on battery power alone for up to 22 miles. The CTS-V must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the Panamera’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The CTS-V doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Panamera’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The CTS-V doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Panamera Hybrid/V6/S RWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the CTS-V (21.1 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Panamera S4/GTS/Turbo’s standard fuel tank has 8.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the CTS-V (26.4 vs. 18 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Panamera Turbo/GTS’ front brake rotors are larger than those on the CTS-V:

Panamera Turbo/GTS

CTS-V

Front Rotors

16.1 inches

15 inches

The Panamera offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The CTS-V doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Panamera stops much shorter than the CTS-V:

Panamera

CTS-V

80 to 0 MPH

196 feet

205 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

166 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

191 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Panamera offers optional 20-inch wheels. The CTS-V’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Panamera offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Cadillac doesn’t offer an active suspension on the CTS-V.

The Panamera has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Panamera’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The CTS-V doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The Panamera offers optional vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The CTS-V doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Panamera’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the CTS-V (115 inches vs. 113.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Panamera is 3.3 inches wider in the front and 2.7 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the CTS-V.

The Panamera Turbo S 4 handles at .99 G’s, while the CTS-V Sedan pulls only .90 G’s of cornering force in a Road & Track skidpad test.

The Panamera goes through Road & Track’s slalom 1.5 MPH faster than the CTS-V Sedan (71.2 vs. 69.7 MPH).

The Panamera Turbo 4 performs Car and Driver’s emergency lane change maneuver 1.3 MPH faster than the CTS-V Sedan (68 vs. 66.7 MPH).

The Panamera Turbo 4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the CTS-V Sedan (24.4 seconds @ .81 average G’s vs. 25.2 seconds @ .74 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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The Porsche Panamera may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 300 pounds less than the Cadillac CTS-V.

As tested by Road & Track while at idle, the interior of the Panamera Turbo 4 is quieter than the CTS-V Sedan (51 vs. 55 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

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For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Panamera’s available rear seats recline. The CTS-V’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Panamera has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the CTS-V Sedan (15.7 vs. 13.6 cubic feet).

The Panamera’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The CTS-V Sedan doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics Comparison

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the CTS-V, the Panamera offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster), outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Panamera’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The CTS-V’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

The Panamera has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The CTS-V doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Panamera to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The CTS-V doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Panamera detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The CTS-V doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the Panamera to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The CTS-V doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The Panamera has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The CTS-V has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Panamera and the CTS-V have standard heated front seats. The Panamera also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the CTS-V.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Panamera offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The CTS-V doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

To help keep rear passengers entertained, the Panamera offers optional rear seat controls for the radio which can play a separate audio source. The CTS-V doesn’t offer rear seat audio controls.

Optional Online Services for the Panamera allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including playing internet radio stations, finding fuel prices at nearby service stations, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The CTS-V doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The Panamera offers an optional 115 volt a/c outlet in the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters which can break or get misplaced. The CTS-V doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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The Panamera will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Panamera will retain 45.33% to 51.12% of its original price after five years, while the CTS-V only retains 44.35%.

Recommendations Comparison

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Both the Porsche Panamera and Cadillac CTS-V won an award in Kiplinger’s 2013 car issue.

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its June 2011 issue and the Porsche Panamera Turbo 4 won out over the Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon.

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