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Made in America Sport Luxury
2008 Cadillac CTS V6 DI
by Alain Gayot
Cadillac CTS V6 DI Performance Sedan Front End

In short: A pleasing, performance-oriented luxury compact sedan.

There is no doubt that Cadillac is playing catch-up to the likes of BMW 3 series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Lexus GS, Infiniti G35 and Audi A4 with this entry. The crested brand is also reaching out to a younger clientele looking for sporty cars loaded with electronics, such as large hard drives and iPod integration. At first glance, this second generation baby Caddy displays a sporty stance and there is no doubt that the car is very tight.

Tuned with a sport suspension, Grandma won't recognize this Detroit iron as the one that took her to the drive-in theater. Equipped with StabiliTrak, it’s meant for tight cornering and catching up to these imports, racing from city stoplight to city stoplight. Revving the direct injection V6 might make you have to turn up the volume on your sound system, but you’ll pleasantly reach 60 mph in under six seconds, while riding in contemporary luxury. It will certainly make a run to the grocery store or an outing to the driving range more exciting.

Cadillac CTS 3.6L V6 direct injection engine, rearview mirror, headlight and interior
Step into the totally redesigned and much more elegant cockpit, and you think luxury, thanks to handcrafted materials like real sapele wood pieces. There is good space for any size driver, but the taller ones will eat up quickly at their rear passengers’ space. Crank the optional cutting-edge infotainment system featuring a pop-up navigation screen and a 40-gigabyte hard drive with USB connection and 10-speaker Bose 5.1 digital surround sound. The advanced navigation system gives you real-time traffic and weather data so you won’t get lost in a traffic jam in the fog.  Lots of light can percolate through the ultra-view double sunroof (optional at $1,450) giving you a feeling of more room. And trunk space is quite adequate.

Patriots should not be shy to drive one of these “Made in America” machines. It is classy and it handles well for what you'll do with it on a daily basis. You’ll save on insurance and pollute less with a reported 25% lower hydrocarbon emissions. A base model starts at $32,990, getting you a 3.6L DI VVT with 263 hp, but options quickly raise the sticker price. For example, a dealer-installed BlueTooth connectivity package will set you back $275. An All-Wheel Drive transmission is another $1,900.

Now, what are you waiting for? Go test drive one!
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Warranty/Service: five-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, four- year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.

Base Price: $34,545/As Tested: $45,295

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: 4-door Performance Sedan

Engine: 3.6L V6, direct injection
Horsepower: 306 hp
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
273 lb-ft

Curb weight: 3,874 lbs
Wheelbase: 113.4 in
191.6/72.5/58 in
Turning circle: 36 ft

Brakes: ABS, 4 wheel disc

Braking: n/a

front and side impact airbags, front and rear curtain side airbags, safety belt pretensioners, theft deterrent system, Stabilitrak-stability control, all-speed traction control, tire pressure monitor

0-60 mph: 5.9 seconds

EPA City: 17 mpg
EPA Highway: 26 mpg

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(Updated 07/07/08 SCV)

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