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2008 Cadillac CTS

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2008 Cadillac CTS Review

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When GM set out in the late 1990s to resurrect its once-proud Cadillac brand, the public process began with Evoq, the 1999 stealth-fighter concept sports car that eventually evolved into the production 2004 XLR. But the 2003 all-new "entry luxury" CTS sedan brought this new Cadillac look and personality to market first. Its "Art and Science" theme was a bold blend of space-age style and technology, and its edgy styling was polarizing -- some liked it, some didn't. But it delivered the right stuff in performance, features and road dynamics, while only its austere interior caught critical flack. Now comes this new 2008 BMW-fighter CTS, significantly improved in every way and fully competitive inside and out.

You'll Like This Car If...

Cadillac was once the "Standard of the World," which was more than an advertising slogan. The competition is much deeper, wider and stronger today, but if you would like an unassailable reason to own, enjoy and be proud of a Cadillac again, this is it.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If nothing short of an import luxury brand will do, there are many fine alternatives from the likes of BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Jaguar, Lexus and Infiniti.

What's Significant About This Car?

The styling of the Cadillac CTS is both boldened and softened for 2008, with a more aggressive face and more rounded shapes between the edges, while its beautifully crafted new interior transforms the previous car's weakness into a major strength. An available new direct-injected 3.6-liter V6 delivers 304 horsepower with no loss in efficiency.

Driving the CTS

Driving Impressions Our extensive 2008 CTS driving experience began on a California race track and extended through many twisty two-lanes, fast freeways, urban congestion and mixed-speed suburban sprawl, most of it in...

a performance-package model with the strong-performing 304-horsepower direct-injected V6. We expected the trade-off for its responsive steering, world-class road-holding and powerful braking to be an uncomfortably stiff rough-surface ride but found its suspension surprisingly supple even on the most troubled surfaces. We loved the posh, quiet cabin's cheerfully luxurious design, the multi-adjustable seats were uncommonly comfortable over the long haul and every control was easy to see, find and operate. This fine new midsize Cadillac can compete on equal terms with anything in its class.

Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround Sound
Surrealistic sound with 40-gig hard drive and iPod integration. It will download and store your CD collection and operate your iPod from the pop-up touch screen.

Advanced Navigation System
Offers real-time traffic and weather, expanded voice prompts and 3-D imaging of major landmarks. While its large center dash-top touch screen pops up fully on demand, the top portion peeks out to display key information even when stored.

2008 Cadillac CTS Details
2008 Cadillac CTS photo Interior

The 2008 CTS debuts a dramatically different interior design theme for Cadillac, with emphasis on tasteful ornamentation and hand-crafted details. The instruments, vents and other elements are framed in chrome, the center stack blends seamlessly into the lower instrument panel and console and hand-cut, hand-sewn and hand-wrapped coverings with French stitching are used throughout. The heated and ventilated front seats use "thin-seat" technology for improved rear leg, knee and foot room. Available soft, white LED backlighting in the door-pulls, footwells and between the upper and lower instrument panels creates an effect similar to recessed lighting in contemporary homes.

Exterior
2008 Cadillac CTS photo

The new look of the 2008 Cadillac CTS is characterized by a bold two-segment grille, chrome side air extractors and sculpted fenders emphasizing its wider tracks and more athletic chassis. Flanking the lower grille, below the vertical headlamps, are chromed wrap-around slots for additional air intakes and fog lamps. The fast-sloping roofline is nearly coupe-like in profile, the large vertical taillamps refine Cadillac's recent practice, the trunk-top center brake light doubles as an aerodynamic spoiler and an available double sunroof offers an open-sky view for both front and rear passengers.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base 2008 CTS is powered by a 258-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 driving through a six-speed manual transmission and rolls on all-season tires on 17-inch aluminum wheels. Inside its cabin are dual-zone climate controls, an eight-way power driver's seat, a Driver Information Center, a rear-seat/trunk pass-through and an eight-speaker AM/FM/CD Bose audio system with XM Satellite Radio and MP3 capability. Standard safety and security equipment includes advanced front, side and side-curtain airbags, Stabilitrak stability and traction control, daytime running lamps, Twilight Sentinel auto lamps, programmable power door locks, a theft-deterrent system and one year of OnStar security and convenience service with turn-by-turn navigation.

Optional Equipment

The available "Luxury Collection" package includes upgraded seats, sound system and additional luxury features. The "Performance Collection" adds 18-inch wheels and tires, FE2 Sport Suspension and High-Intensity Discharge headlamps with adaptive forward lighting, while the "Premium Collection" offers wood trim, a 10-speaker Bose 5.1 premium audio with a 40-gig hard drive and radio rewind and pause, iPod integration, GPS navigation and EasyKey keyless entry and ignition. Major stand-alone options include the 304-horsepower direct-injection V6, six-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, Ultraview roof, Bose premium audio (with or without navigation), the FE2 Sport Suspension and FE3 Performance Suspension on high-performance "summer" tires.

Under the Hood

The 2008 CTS offers two levels of 24-valve, double-overhead-cam, variable-valve-timing 3.6-liter V6 power, and the up-level version boasts power- and efficiency-enhancing direct fuel injection. Standard transmission is a six-speed manual, while a six-speed automatic and all-wheel drive are optional.

3.6-liter V6
263 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
253 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/26 (automatic), 16/25 (manual)

3.6-liter V6 (direct fuel injection)
304 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
273 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/26 (automatic), 16/25 (manual)

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2008 Cadillac CTS Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 331 Ratings for the 2008 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Love it. Incredible Speed, Handling and Comfort.

By on Thursday, July 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Cons: "very low gas mileage in the city."

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

"Too have a car with this amount of interior luxury perform like a race car is is a real treat and worth the high price tag."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

NICE RIDE EASY HANDLING AND QUICK

By on Saturday, July 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Cons: "NE"

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

"THIS IS ONE PRIME VEHICLE MY WIFE AND I ARE RETIRED IN OUR MID 60S AND WOULD LIKE TO BUY A NEW CAR WHILE WE CAN."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Much better than the Caddies I've previously owned

By on Saturday, July 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very fun to drive, great suspension and brakes."

Cons: "Hard to keep it at the speed limit. Smallish trunk"

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

"The handling of this car really is incredible. Before starting a family, I owned a few Caddies. Sure, they were comfortable. But they were boring to drive. My kids are older now and it was time to find that luxury sports sedan. I looked at the competition and found the CTS was very comparable. So why the CTS. All other things being near equal, there was the price. The CTS was lower in price. That and the fact servicing is more convenient. Where I live, the nearest Audi, BMW, and Mercedes dealerships are quite a drive. But most every town has a GM dealership. In the eight months I've had this car, I've had no problems with it. It makes me want to find the most exciting route to my destination rather than the quickest route. There are only a few negatives that I can think of. Trunk space is limited, but that's common in this class. The back seats are a little cramped, but still good for long trips. My last complaint didn't even involve the car itself. It was XM radio that was the disappointment. It never came through as stereo sound so when the trial ended, I didn't sign up for it."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

2008 Cadillac CTS4

By on Monday, July 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,150

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "This car was made for road trips"

Cons: "Gas mileage is meh..."

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

"This car is my dream car, and my baby! The car's exterior is beautiful...no one on earth would ever guess it was a7 year old car with such low mileage. The ride is smooth and not bumpy, and the engine is very quiet! The interior is clean and roomy and easily seats 5 big people comfortably. I would recommend this car to all Cadillac lovers any day. The Black Cherry color sets it apart from most car colors on the road."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

love this car, over exceeded my expectation.

By on Thursday, July 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,137

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
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "luxury and sporty and fun to drive"

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

"this car has been wonderful, i have not had any issues with it so far. i have had a great experience while driving the car, its real fast for a four door sedan. Cadillac has done a great job with this vehicle. I cant say anything negative about this car because i really love the car."

9 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Awesome car and I've owned plenty

By on Thursday, June 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Too many things to list"

Cons: "Loves gas stations!"

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

My personal car show.

"I can't believe my wife let me buy this car 5 years ago. Usually after 2 to 3 years my eye wanders, starting to check out other cars. Hasn't happened yet. Every time I get in to this thing it's still exciting."

18 people out of 26 found this review helpful

My personal car show.

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