Entry CTS offers value, style and sportiness
Cadillac's second-generation CTS has had international media buzzing thanks to its award-winning style, exciting handling dynamics and a multitude of configurations intended to match it with the needs of any premium sports sedan shopper.
Direct injection, all wheel drive and upwards of 300 horsepower are available and recommended- though closer to the sub-forty-grand base price, CTS still adds up to a very worthy machine.
With a decidedly angular, sharp and jagged look, this is a machine that's easy to identify wherever it rolls up. The big chrome grille, side vents and vertically oriented head and taillamps are unmistakable- and the car easily earns every stare it collects. Designers have put their overtime in on this one, and you could definitely convince the in-laws you spent considerably more than you really did.
Fitted with Bose audio and both the 'performance' and 'sight and sound' packages, the tester hit the road with adaptive xenon lights, a CD-changer, panoramic sunroof, 18-inch wheels, and a sport tuned suspension backed by a limited slip differential. Power came from the standard CTS drivetrain, consisting of a 3.6 liter V6 engine sending 263 horsepower to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.
The higher output engine with 304 horsepower feels notably more potent as the revs climb- though the standard powerplant should prove plenty for the majority of drivers. Refinement and sound levels don't seek to set new standards, though it's a pleasant and smooth mill nonetheless.
Gear's shift nicely thanks to a light and easy clutch effort and the slick six-speed stick. The shifter is a bit rubbery, though still very much enjoyable. Rowing the gears in a car like this one is a treat, and CTS's huge brakes boast best-in-class stopping power if you get carried away. Even with the smaller of two V6 engines on board, CTS doesn't prove lacking in fun-to-drive factor.
Cabin entry and exit occur without issue, though occupants of even slightly above-average height will likely wish for more headroom. CTS feels more coupe-like than sedan-like in the headroom department, though it's a characteristic that works in line with the looks and sportiness at play. Trunk space is generous, and a young family or four adults of average proportions should be able to easily travel in comfort.
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