Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Genesis G90 VS 2017 Cadillac CTS Near Phoenix, AZ

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2017 Genesis G90

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2017 Cadillac CTS

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Genesis G90 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 Sedan doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The G90 has standard Anti-Whiplash Front Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Anti-Whiplash Front Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The CTS Sedan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The G90’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The CTS Sedan doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the G90 and the CTS Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rear parking sensors and available all wheel drive.

The Genesis G90 weighs 614 to 1253 pounds more than the Cadillac CTS Sedan. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Genesis G90 is safer than the CTS Sedan:

 

G90

CTS Sedan

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

GOOD

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

69

183

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

1 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Femur Force R/L

1/.7 kN

5.9/3.7 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

14%/1%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Tibia index R/L

.36/.34

.43/.74

Tibia forces R/L

2.7/1.5 kN

5.7/7.8 kN

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the G90 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 53 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The CTS Sedan was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.

Warranty Comparison

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The G90 comes with a full 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes free 24 hour roadside assistance. The CTS Sedan’s 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Genesis’ powertrain warranty covers the G90 4 years and 30,000 miles longer than Cadillac covers the CTS Sedan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the CTS Sedan ends after only 6 years or 70,000 miles.

The G90’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the CTS Sedan’s (7 vs. 6 years).

Reliability Comparison

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the G90 has a standard 950-amp battery. The CTS Sedan’s 730-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

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The G90 has more powerful engines than the CTS Sedan:

 

Horsepower

Torque

G90 3.3T turbo V6

365 HP

376 lbs.-ft.

G90 5.0 DOHC V8

420 HP

383 lbs.-ft.

CTS Sedan 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

268 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

CTS Sedan 3.6 DOHC V6

335 HP

285 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the G90 3.3T is faster than the Cadillac CTS Sedan turbo 4 cyl.:

 

G90

CTS Sedan

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

8.8 sec

10.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.7 sec

16.9 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.7 sec

3.5 sec

Quarter Mile

13.9 sec

14.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100.7 MPH

93.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the G90 3.3T RWD gets better fuel mileage than the CTS Sedan V-Sport (17 city/24 hwy vs. 16 city/24 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Genesis G90 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The CTS Sedan V-Sport requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The G90 has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the CTS Sedan (21.9 vs. 19 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the G90’s brake rotors are larger than those on the CTS Sedan:

 

G90 3.3T

G90 5.0

CTS Sedan

CTS Sedan V-Sport

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

14.8 inches

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.4 inches

13.4 inches

12.4 inches

12.4 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction and acceleration, the G90 has larger rear tires than the CTS Sedan (275/40R19 vs. 245/45R17). The G90’s rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the CTS Sedan (275/40R19 vs. 255/35R19).

The G90’s 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.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the G90 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the CTS Sedan.

The G90 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

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the G90’s wheelbase is 9.8 inches longer than on the CTS Sedan (124.4 inches vs. 114.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the G90 is 3 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the CTS Sedan.

The G90 3.3T AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the CTS Sedan Premium pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

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The design of the Genesis G90 amounts to more than styling. The G90 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .27 Cd. That is lower than the CTS Sedan (.3) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the G90 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the G90 is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the CTS Sedan is rated a Mid-size.

The G90 has 16.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CTS Sedan (113.2 vs. 97).

The G90 has .7 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front legroom, 2.7 inches more front hip room, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 2.4 inches more rear legroom, 1.7 inches more rear hip room and 3.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the CTS Sedan.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the G90 5.0’s rear seats recline. The CTS Sedan’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The G90 has a much larger trunk than the CTS Sedan (15.7 vs. 13.7 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the G90 easier. The G90’s trunk lift-over height is 28.3 inches, while the CTS Sedan’s liftover is 29.5 inches.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the G90’s trunk can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The G90 also has a standard power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The CTS Sedan doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Ergonomics Comparison

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the CTS Sedan, the G90 has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The G90’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.

The G90 has standard front air conditioned seats and the G90 5.0 also has them in the rear. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The CTS Sedan doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

The G90 has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold Winter days before the car heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the CTS Sedan.

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