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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 476 Ratings for the 2003 - 2007 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Great vehicle and nothing but regular maintenance.

By on Sunday, September 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 117,500

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
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Strong & reliable. Fun vehicle!"

Cons: "No negatives."

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

"Bought this vehicle new. Follow maintenance schedule. Power, short turning radius & 3.6L uses regular gas. Two computer issues at 100k miles. Third set of tires in 10 years & third set of front brakes. New rear at 100k. Fun to DRIVE!"

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

great handling ,ride turning radius,gas mileage

By on Sunday, August 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drive ,handle,zippy"

Cons: "no place for caddy trash bag near dash,doors,etc"

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

"this car has been very dependable in handling, ride pep, gas mileage,etc. The interior and exterior are in excellent condition This car has been driven an average of 7000 miles each of last 10 years. Maintenance has been routine and it has been kept in garage entire time. Added customizing/accent includes tuxedo top and customized grill, looks great."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

2005 black exterior and saddle interior look sharp

By on Wednesday, August 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 112

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "speical caddilac grill and the small rear spoiler"

Cons: "tires still look good , small cracks in dash"

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

"this car has 112 miles on it I was the second owner and the guy I bought it off was 86 years old. It really is a nice car the exterior had a nice shine with a few minor dings and the interior for its age looks great, no rips or worn section . I have service every 3 thousand miles for oil change , wipers , and any thing else it may need,. I have one mechanic that has taken care of it since I bought It five years ago. He could really tell you I baby this car"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

What the Heck?

By on Friday, August 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 227,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Such a nice ride with XM radio, heated seats!"

Cons: "Just need a mechanic who knows caddies"

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

"I was setting up my CTS for a long road trip...Sure she has 227,000 miles but she rides like a dream after adding two new Yokohama tires. So I am shopping and then heading home when the check coolant display comes on! I thought, "Well, I just had the oil changed so I should be able to get home (5 miles)." NOPE---she conked out and would not move after 2 miles. I thought I was going to die! I was on a road that had no shoulder and I was stuck in the semi trailer lane! The engine heat gauge showed the mid-level. It never went to hot but smoke was rolling out of the engine area. I let it cool down and then scampered to the front to see if there was anything I could do. I have a faithful husband who keeps a large container of coolant and oil in my trunk (My baby loves her oil.) so I carefully poured the whole thing in the overflow area. Got back in and she would start but wouldn't move an inch. It was like she was in park, not neutral. So tonight she is languishing at the dealership and I am praying it isn't the engine, transmission or some other major bill! My daughter is crying in Lake Tahoe (where she is going to college)and needs her Mama fix!"

3 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Good vehicle for price

By on Monday, July 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 122,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive, luxurious, quality interior"

Cons: "PCV Valve, Reverse light cover"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Purchased car at about 69k miles, only problem I have ever had was with the PCV valve. When it got sub zero temperatures the moisture in the PCV valve would freeze not allowing the crankcase to ventilate resulting in the valve covers blowing. I replaced it with a newly modified system and it took care of the issue. Love the car otherwise."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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!"

9 people out of 17 found this review helpful

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