Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Maserati Ghibli VS 2016 Cadillac CTS Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 Maserati Ghibli

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2016 Cadillac CTS

Safety Comparison

The Ghibli has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The CTS Sedan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Ghibli and the CTS Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Engine Comparison

The Ghibli has more powerful engines than the CTS Sedan:



Ghibli 3.0 turbo V6

345 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

Ghibli S 3.0 turbo V6

404 HP

406 lbs.-ft.

CTS Sedan 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

272 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

CTS Sedan 3.6 DOHC V6

335 HP

285 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ghibli S is faster than the Cadillac CTS Sedan 2.0 Turbo:


CTS Sedan

Zero to 60 MPH

4.8 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

13.4 sec

14.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

104.8 MPH

93.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Ghibli RWD gets better fuel mileage than the CTS Sedan Vsport (17 city/24 hwy vs. 16 city/24 hwy).

Regardless of its engine, the Ghibli’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Cadillac only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the CTS Sedan 2.0 Turbo/3.6 V6.

The Ghibli has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the CTS Sedan (21.1 vs. 19 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Ghibli’s brake rotors are larger than those on the CTS Sedan:


Ghibli S

CTS Sedan

CTS Sedan Vsport

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

12.4 inches

12.4 inches

The Ghibli stops much shorter than the CTS Sedan:


CTS Sedan

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

158 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

127 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

125 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction and acceleration, the Ghibli has larger standard rear tires than the CTS Sedan (275/40R19 vs. 245/45R17). The Ghibli’s optional rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the CTS Sedan (285/35R20 vs. 255/35R19).

The Ghibli’s standard 275/40R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CTS Sedan’s standard 45 series tires. The Ghibli’s optional 285/30R21 rear tires have a lower 30 series profile than the CTS Sedan’s optional 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Ghibli has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the CTS Sedan. The Ghibli’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the CTS Sedan.

The Ghibli has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the CTS Sedan, it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Ghibli’s wheelbase is 3.4 inches longer than on the CTS Sedan (118 inches vs. 114.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Ghibli is 2.9 inches wider in the front and 3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the CTS Sedan.

The Ghibli S Q4 handles at .91 G’s, while the CTS Sedan Luxury AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Ghibli S Q4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the CTS Sedan Luxury AWD (25.5 seconds @ .8 average G’s vs. 26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Ghibli S Q4 is quieter than the CTS Sedan Vsport (78 vs. 81 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Ghibli is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the CTS Sedan is rated a Mid-size.

The Ghibli has 11 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CTS Sedan (108 vs. 97).

The Ghibli has .9 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear headroom and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the CTS Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Ghibli has a much larger trunk than the CTS Sedan (17.6 vs. 13.7 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Ghibli’s trunk can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Ghibli also offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by kicking your foot under the back bumper. The CTS Sedan doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Ghibli’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The CTS Sedan does not have an oil pressure gauge.

If the windows are left down on the Ghibli the driver can raise them all using the keyless remote; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the CTS Sedan can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Ghibli’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The CTS Sedan’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Ghibli offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The CTS Sedan doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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