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|She Drove, He Drove - 2008 Cadillac CTS - Page 2|
|Written by Brandy Schaffels and Rich Truesdell|
|Tuesday, 01 July 2008 13:41|
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Brandy: We both had the direct-injection version. I was really impressed with the spirited performance, which often tempted my throttle foot around town where I averaged about 17 miles per gallon. I was impressed to watch the on-board computer calculate economy of 30 mpg when cruising the freeway at 60 mph.
Rich: GM has a lot banking on that engine technology: V8 power with V6 efficiency.
Brandy: Most women don't pay attention to such details, but after so many years in the automotive industry, I do: Underhood is a 304-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 engine mated to a standard manual or optional automatic six-speed transmission. Its variable-effort steering makes piloting this powerful sedan a delight, while the new transmission shifts seamlessly, even when accelerating up hills at midthrottle -- which can be a confusing combination for many transmissions.
Rich: All in all, it also shows respectable fuel economy - EPA promises 17 city and 26 highway mpg. I got almost 23 MPG on my combined 600-mile test loop - with performance that, if not at the top of the class, is certainly class competitive.
Brandy: You love that term, "class-competitive."
Rich: In a six-car shoot-out in a magazine like Motor Trend or Car and Driver especially, going in you would almost know that the BMW would be first and the Cadillac would be at or near the bottom. That's no longer the case. There is a reason this car was declared the Motor Trend 2008 Car of the Year.
Brandy: What about the ride and handling characteristics?
What others said...
"...One Giant Leap: Cadillac aims for the stars. And builds one."
"An American schooled abroad, the midsize 2008 Cadillac CTS finally has what it takes to compete with the leading entry-luxury sport sedans from Europe and Japan."
"...you could say that Cadillac's remake of the CTS is a remarkably inviting sedan that doesn't impress you with bombast but with enthusiastic competence and extraordinary comfort."
2008 Cadillac CTS Specifications
Length: 191.6 inches
Width: 72.5 inches
Height: 58 inches
Wheelbase: 113.4 inches
Engine type: Direct Injection V-6 with variable valve timing
Displacement: 3.6 liter
Horsepower: 304 horsepower at 6400 rpm
Torque: 273 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm
Transmission type: 6-speed electronically controlled automatic overdrive
EPA rating: 17 city / 26 highway
Base Price: $34,545
Price as tested: $46,440 (including options and destination fees)