2019 Cadillac CTS vs. 2019 Genesis G90

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Cadillac CTS are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Genesis G90 has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the CTS and G90 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The CTS has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The G90’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The CTS offers optional Reverse Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The G90 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the CTS and the G90 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

There are almost 3 times as many Cadillac dealers as there are Genesis dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the CTS’ warranty.

Engine

The CTS V-Sport’s 3.6 turbo V6 produces 47 lbs.-ft. more torque (430 vs. 383) than the G90 5.0’s optional 5.0 DOHC V8.

As tested in Car and Driver the CTS V-Sport is faster than the G90 5.0:

 

CTS

G90

Zero to 60 MPH

4.4 sec

5.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

10.5 sec

12.6 sec

Quarter Mile

12.9 sec

13.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

111 MPH

105 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CTS gets better fuel mileage than the G90:

 

 

 

MPG

CTS

 

RWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

 

 

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/29 hwy

 

 

V-Sport 3.6 turbo V6

16 city/24 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

 

 

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/26 hwy

G90

 

RWD

3.3T turbo V6

17 city/24 hwy

 

 

5.0 DOHC V8

16 city/24 hwy

 

AWD

3.3T turbo V6

17 city/24 hwy

 

 

5.0 DOHC V8

15 city/23 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the CTS non-turbo V6’s fuel efficiency. The G90 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the CTS (except V-Sport)’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 G90 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The CTS has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The G90 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

The CTS stops much shorter than the G90:

 

CTS

G90

 

70 to 0 MPH

149 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

98 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the CTS’ optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the G90 (255/35R19 vs. 245/45R19).

The CTS’ optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the G90’s 45 series front and 40 series rear tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the CTS can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The G90 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The CTS V-Sport handles at .97 G’s, while the G90 5.0 pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The CTS V-Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.4 seconds quicker than the G90 3.3T AWD (24.5 seconds @ .78 average G’s vs. 26.9 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the CTS V-Sport’s turning circle is 2.5 feet tighter than the G90’s (36.7 feet vs. 39.2 feet). The CTS AWD’s turning circle is .2 feet tighter than the G90’s (39 feet vs. 39.2 feet).

Chassis

The Cadillac CTS may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 900 to 1000 pounds less than the Genesis G90.

The CTS is 9.4 inches shorter than the G90, making the CTS easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the CTS (except V-Sport or Driver Assist Package) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The G90 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The CTS uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The G90 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Cargo Capacity

The CTS’ optional rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The G90 doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics

On a hot day the CTS’ driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the G90 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The CTS offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The G90 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The CTS Premium/V-Sport’s Automatic Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The G90 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

The CTS V-Sport was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 6 of the last 12 years. The G90 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the CTS as their 2014 Car of the Year. The G90 has never been chosen.

The CTS was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2014. The G90 has never been an “All Star.”

The Cadillac CTS outsold the Genesis G90 by over five to one during 2018.

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