Sporting channelled curve and track-tuned handling, Cadillac's aboriginal CTS led the awakening of a cast abounding had perceived as stodgy. The second-generation model, fresh for 2008, doesn't accept absolutely as alpine a ladder to climb, but it still needs to accomplish appropriate amid acceptation shoppers, including admirers of the BMW 3 Series, Infiniti G, Audi A-O and several added action sedans.
After two canicule of adamantine active beyond California, I anticipate the CTS has a acceptable attempt at converting some of those shoppers. The berth is marvelous, the active dynamics are first-rate and the amenities are advantageous for absolute drivers, not aloof technologies. The auto is not after faults, but all-embracing it's a solid best — aggressive area it counts and audible in a lot of acceptable ways.
Exterior , Styling
The CTS' actualization is not about as abominable as its predecessor's was, in allotment because the blow of Cadillac's calendar now has agnate lines. If anything, it looks softer than before, with added fenders, brighter headlights and beneath of the absolute severity that characterized the original. In person, the advanced end can appear off as a bit busy: Between the fog-light insets, two-tone grille and bonanza extensions beneath anniversary headlight, there's a lot to array through. Give it some time — by the end of my additional day with the car, I had developed to like the look.
Going , Stopping
Cadillac's 3.6-liter V-6 serves as the abject engine. It produces 263 application and 253 pounds-feet of torque. An alternative direct-injection adaptation allows college butt compression and bigger ammunition delivery, consistent in 304 hp and 273 pounds-feet of torque; added impressive, it retains about the aforementioned gas breadth and runs on approved unleaded gasoline.
One key note: The V-Series achievement variant, the CTS-V, takes the 2008 archetypal year off afore abiding in second-generation form.
A six-speed chiral or six-speed automated is accessible with either engine. Rear- or all-wheel drive is available, admitting the all-wheel-drive CTS comes alone with the automatic. Despite the added weight, gas breadth doesn't bead in all-wheel-drive models.