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Cadillac Club: 2000 Cadillacs: 2008 Cadillac CTS

2008 Cadillac CTS

A New Design with Speed and Power

A new design and more features makes this Cadillac CTS a must have for fans of previous versions of the CTS. When I first read about the changes that Cadillac was making to the CTS I wasn't sure what die hard Cadillac fans like me would think. After all the car was already a hit with anyone who ever got behind the wheel and pressed down on the gas pedal and felt the power that this little Cadillac has.

I kind of got a kick out of the way Kiplingers magazine called it "Wicked fast & interior well appointed" when I was browsing through the March issue. It was rating the best new cars of 2008 and had the CTS way up there in the $30,000 to 45,000 range. Kiplingers is a great financial magazine that is a must read if you are looking to buy a new car.

Anyway lets get back to the CTS and it's features for 2008.

For the first time the CTS is available with both rear wheel drive and all-wheel drive, although rear wheel is standard. The base model has a 263 horsepower 3.6 liter V6 engine. You could upgrade and get the direct injection 304 horsepower V6 for that extra power. Both engines come with either a standard 6 speed manual or a 6 speed automatic transmission. Besides the power and tranny some other features include steering-linked headlights, keyless entry and a navigation system which is optional.
The size is still similar to the Cadillac CTS from years past but is better on gas then previous years and other cars within this power and price range. I was impressed with the new wood trimmed interior which seem to take the CTS slight flaws from years past and correct them.

Safety is always a concern and this Cadillac CTS has all the features that you can have.

  • Curtain side airbags
  • Front side airbags
  • Anti skid system
  • ABS braking
  • Traction control
  • Tire-pressure monitor
  • And of course OnStar

The retail price on the base 3.6 liter 263 horsepower is $32,000 and $34,500 for the direct injection V6 304 horsepower model. I think the extra money for the larger engine is well worth the upgrade. You never know when you need that little extra power and with the way this CTS handles the road you may feel the need to go for a cruise without the family and enjoy your car and what it can do on the open road. I would say that the handling reminds me of the BMW 5 series that I test drove a few weeks ago when I tagged along with a neighbor who was car shopping.

The CTS dashboard has pretty big easy to read gauges and the whole feel inside the car makes you just wanna have it if you know what I mean. The front seats have plenty of room and are very comfortable and supportive on your back. The rear seats are small just like previous CTS's and if you have a foursome for golf and your buddies are big like mine its a tight squeeze. If you don't plan on sitting back there yourself this becomes a non-issue.

Upgrade Choices: There are plenty that you can make this year including

  • Bose am/fm radio with 6 disc cd/mp3 changer
  • rain sensing wipers
  • accent lighting
  • machined alloy rims
  • rear obstacle detection system
  • power tilt telescoping steering wheel with memory
  • heated/cooled front seats with lumbar adjustment
  • remote start
  • navigation system
  • wood interior trim
  • power sunroof
  • all season tires
  • sport suspension
  • heavy duty cooling system

The optional packages is what makes this Cadillac stand out from other midsize cars like the Acura TL and the Infiniti G. Being a Cadillac fan I am slightly bias towards Cadillac's. I think what Cadillac did was take a cool looking power filled CTS and made it better which I didn't think was at all a possibility.

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