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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.
Favorite Features

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 461 Ratings for the 2003 - 2007 models.

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

WORST CAR EVER

By on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 61,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "NONE"

Cons: "IT DOESNT WORK"

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

"I bought this car a year and a half ago and all it does it cause me problems. It is not even working now. It breaks down constantly. The car goes through oil like crazy. The CD player broke within a month. The car shakes violently and almost seems like it is having a hard time just staying on. It is by far the worst car I have ever owned. I have no clue why these cars are not recalled. I am now in the hole because I owe so much money still."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

WORST CAR EVER

By on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 61,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "NONE"

Cons: "IT DOESNT WORK"

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

"I bought this car a year and a half ago and all it does it cause me problems. It is not even working now. It breaks down constantly. The car goes through oil like crazy. The CD player broke within a month. The car shakes violently and almost seems like it is having a hard time just staying on. It is by far the worst car I have ever owned. I have no clue why these cars are not recalled. I am now in the hole because I owe so much money still."

WORST CAR EVER

By on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 61,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "none"

Cons: "Doesn't work"

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

"I bought this car a year and a half ago and all it does it cause me problems. It is not even working now. It breaks down constantly. The car goes through oil like crazy. The CD player broke within a month. The car shakes violently and almost seems like it is having a hard time just staying on. It is by far the worst car I have ever owned. I have no clue why these cars are not recalled. I am now in the hole because I owe so much money still."

WORST CAR EVER

By on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 61,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "none"

Cons: "Doesn't work"

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

"I bought this car a year and a half ago and all it does it cause me problems. It is not even working now. It breaks down constantly. The car goes through oil like crazy. The CD player broke within a month. The car shakes violently and almost seems like it is having a hard time just staying on. It is by far the worst car I have ever owned. I have no clue why these cars are not recalled. I am now in the hole because I owe so much money still."

WORST CAR EVER

By on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 61,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "none"

Cons: "Doesn't work"

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

"I bought this car a year and a half ago and all it does it cause me problems. It is not even working now. It breaks down constantly. The car goes through oil like crazy. The CD player broke within a month. The car shakes violently and almost seems like it is having a hard time just staying on. It is by far the worst car I have ever owned. I have no clue why these cars are not recalled. I am now in the hole because I owe so much money still."

Ive always driven cadillacs...they wondrous cars.

By on Saturday, March 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 86,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Quite and awesome "pick up" .. fund to drive."

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

"This car is better thn :good condition: it is : Very Good Condition....I'd say excellent, but it is a used car. The only way in this world that I would gt rid of this marvelous automobile is to trade it in on a used Mini Cooper of like value... probably have to pay a little boot, but OK if not too much. This car had 3 owners including me. So very clean...still smells "new car" amazing for a 7/8 yr old automobile. I need a Mini like I need a hole in my head, but I am 88 and would like to ad a little spice in my life before it all ends....I'm silly, but serious."

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