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2007 Cadillac CTS

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2007 Cadillac CTS Review

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In the past, Cadillac's attempt to challenge its European rivals met with less than stellar success. That trend seems to have come to an end with the CTS sedan. Now entering its fourth year of production, the CTS has not only proven itself a worthy competitor, but its quality and performance statistics place it in the same league with competitors from Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi. More importantly, the CTS' edgy look has caught on with younger buyers who just a few years ago would never have considered a Cadillac. Offered with a choice of manual or automatic transmissions, the CTS not only has a high fun-to-drive factor, but returns surprisingly good fuel economy.

You'll Like This Car If...

If the "made in America" label is a powerful part of your car buying decision, the CTS won't leave you feeling as though you had to compromise clout for country. As taut in driving feel as the BMW 3 Series, the CTS has the equipment level, performance and styling expected of this class.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The CTS' edgy, angular styling may not appeal to you if you've become accustomed to Cadillac cars over the last 30 years. Ditto its taut handling and controlled ride. Unlike many of its competitors, the CTS does not offer the option of all-wheel drive.

What's Significant About This Car?

For 2007, the CTS gains the OnStar Directions and Connection service which provides driving directions, remote keyless entry and stolen vehicle location assistance. The CTS also includes 12 months of free access to the Virtual Advisor package.

Driving the CTS

Driving Impressions The CTS loves hugging the road—just try to peel the tires from the asphalt and it maintains a commendable effort to stay put. The heavily-weighted steering wheel takes only the...

slightest movement to turn the car. Pulling a bit harder engages the variable assist to carry out your directional commands. All this happens while the 3.6-liter V6 churns merrily beneath the hood, pushing its 255 horsepower through the Getrag six-speed manual transmission that feels absolutely superb. The 3.6-liter has much more low-end torque and is quieter under full throttle than the 2.8-liter, making it the better choice for the enthusiast driver.

OnStar
The system costs very little and provides a myriad of services including directions, remote unlocking (should you lock your keys in the car) and emergency assistance.

Manual Transmission
Overlooked by rival brands Lincoln and Chrysler, Cadillac's offer of a manual transmission appeals to the true driving enthusiast.

2007 Cadillac CTS Details
2007 Cadillac CTS photo Interior

The CTS' interior is clean and elegant. The front bucket seats are firm and supportive, excellent for aggressive driving. The instrument panel replicates the geometric shapes found outside the car, with a prominent center stack housing the air conditioning, audio and optional navigation systems. Directly in front of the driver sits a thick-rimmed, three-spoke steering wheel with a series of redundant controls. The navigation and ventilation controls are not immediately intuitive, but after a quick read through the owner's manual they soon become second nature.

Exterior
2007 Cadillac CTS photo

The CTS has set the styling tone for all Cadillacs. Its crisp lines and raked windshield are definitely different but also add to the car's aerodynamics. The tall rear deck makes rear visibility somewhat of an issue but the design provides an abundance of storage space. This car has excellent build quality, with no inconsistent gaps or mismatched seams.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The CTS 2.8 includes power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, front and rear head-curtain and front side-impact airbags, AM/FM stereo with CD, eight-way power driver's seat, leatherette seating surfaces, cast aluminum wheels, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), tilt wheel and a six-speed manual transmission. The 3.6 adds leather seating and some other features.

Optional Equipment

Most CTS buyers will not want to shift gears, so Cadillac offers the option of a five-speed automatic transmission. The luxury package includes alarm, driver's seat and outside mirror memory, heated front seats, automatic day/night mirror, machine-finished aluminum wheels and the interior wood package. The Wheel Sport package features a limited-slip differential, HID headlamps, sport suspension, StabiliTrak and 17-inch wheels wrapped in performance tires. The Wheel Performance Package for the 3.6 model adds 18-inch wheels, performance brakes and a tire pressure monitor. Stand -alone options for the CTS include a power glass moonroof, Bose audio and split folding rear seat.

Under the Hood

The CTS' 2.8-liter engine provides adequate acceleration for the casual driver and returns good fuel economy. Although you can save about $3,000 over the more powerful CTS 3.6, the 2.8 lacks the refinement and power expected by most enthusiast drivers. For the money, we think the 3.6-liter V6 is the best choice. With nearly identical fuel economy figures, the 3.6-liter engine provides better low-end torque, more horsepower and a level of refinement and performance expected of a premium brand sedan.

2.8-liter V6
210 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
194 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/27 (manual), 18/27 (automatic)

3.6-liter V6
255 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
252 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/26 (manual), 18/27 (automatic)

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2007 Cadillac CTS Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 467 Ratings for the 2003 - 2007 models.

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  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

I love the pep--gas mileage not bad, either!

By on Monday, June 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "This car is nearly 8 years old--still looks great!"

Cons: "I cannot think of any negatives for my 2006 CTS"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This has been a terrific car for me. I like having the power to get out of the way of others. It averages 20 mpg in town. Lots of trunk room. Fun and very comfortable to drive!"

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

The best vehicle I have owned to date.

By on Saturday, June 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Power, speed, reliability, luxury"

Cons: "rear leg room"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've owned this car for 3 years now and am completely satisfied with it. Having the 3.6L it has all the power and speed one could legally want. The suspension is a little stiff yet that enables it to handle corners very well. The backseat leg room could be improved, but since I don't sit there not a problem for me or my front seat passenger. With the traction control it is not too bad in the harsh winters we see in Michigan. Overall I would highly recommend this vehicle."

This car is unkillable.

By on Monday, June 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Dependable, decent handling, great power for a V-6"

Cons: "Not the best quality interior. Plastic feeling."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This is my second CTS and will not be my last. I drive over 100 miles a day back and forth to work and have never been left stranded or even felt like I might be. I'm not sure about the 2.8 liter but the 3.6 is a rock solid motor. The ECM finally went out at 155,000 and replacing it made the car run like new. (And the only reason I replaced my 03 was because it was totaled by storm damage)"

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Car has served me well, owned it from 2003.

By on Saturday, May 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 133,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "runs smoothly, good for another 100,000 miles."

Cons: "one small tear rear seat, can be repaired minimal."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car new, titled only once. It has never been involved in any accidents or towed. I have complete history of scheduled and unscheduled maintenance. This auto runs as well now as the day it was bought. Black in color."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Very reliable. Have had no major problems with it.

By on Friday, May 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,785

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Good car, love to drive it."

Cons: "Have no cons."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I enjoy this car, it looks good, is easy to drive and it handles well. Plus it hasn't given me any major problems. any problems."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Ten years old and still kicking!

By on Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, tough car, road warrior"

Cons: "Drinks gas"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car in 2004 as my first car to break into as a luxury/near luxury purchase. I loved this car from day one. At ten years old I had to make the hard choice of doing both front and rear brakes and replacing a coil in cylinder chamber 1. This was a REAL New York car that endured some hard winters, potholes, traffic jams and the usual city and suburbia challenges of driving. I hit a terrible pothole on the highway in 2013 that killed the passenger-side front strut. All of these repairs due to wear and tear but the car still flies down the highway at 80 mph- even on 5 cylinders. The body is in good condition but he deserves a more low-key life. I was blessed to own my 1st Caddy for 10 FANTASTIC years. Getting into an ATS now but I'll always LOVE my CTS. I wish I had the extra cash to keep him!!!! I hope the person who buys him will appreciate him. He's a King Caddy to me."

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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