2019 Maserati Ghibli vs. 2019 Cadillac CTS

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Safety

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

Both the Ghibli and the CTS 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, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Ghibli has a standard 850-amp battery. The CTS’ 730-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine

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The Ghibli has more powerful engines than the CTS:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Ghibli 3.0 turbo V6

345 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

Ghibli S 3.0 turbo V6

424 HP

406 lbs.-ft.

CTS 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

268 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

CTS 3.6 DOHC V6

335 HP

285 lbs.-ft.

CTS V-Sport 3.6 turbo V6

420 HP

430 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ghibli S is faster than the Cadillac CTS turbo 4 cyl.:

 

Ghibli

CTS

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

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On the EPA test cycle the Ghibli RWD with its standard turbo V6 gets better fuel mileage than the CTS V-Sport RWD (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.) The CTS V-Sport doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

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

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Ghibli

Ghibli S

CTS

CTS V-Sport

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:

 

Ghibli

CTS

 

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

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For better traction and acceleration, the Ghibli has larger standard rear tires than the CTS (275/40R19 vs. 245/45R17). The Ghibli’s optional rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the CTS (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’ standard 45 series tires. The Ghibli’s optional 285/30R21 rear tires have a lower 30 series profile than the CTS’ 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. The Ghibli’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the CTS.

The Ghibli has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the CTS, 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

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The Ghibli’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The CTS doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Ghibli’s wheelbase is 3.4 inches longer than on the CTS (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 3.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the CTS.

The Ghibli S Q4 handles at .91 G’s, while the CTS 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 Luxury AWD (25.5 seconds @ .8 average G’s vs. 26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Ghibli S Q4 is quieter than the CTS V-Sport Premium Luxury (78 vs. 84 dB).

Passenger Space

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

The Ghibli has 11 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CTS (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.

Cargo Capacity

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

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Ghibli easier. The Ghibli’s trunk lift-over height is 25.8 inches, while the CTS’ liftover is 29.5 inches.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Ghibli’s power trunk can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The CTS doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Ergonomics

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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 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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’ 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 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 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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