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2009 Cadillac CTS

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2009 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. For 2009, Cadillac has perfected the formula, bringing a CTS to market that has won rave reviews from critics and customers alike.

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 New for 2009

Fresh from a complete makeover in 2008, the 2009 CTS has no major changes.

Driving the CTS
Driving Impressions

Our extensive 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.

2009 Cadillac CTS Details
2009 Cadillac CTS photo Interior

The 2009 CTS imparts 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

The new look of the 2009 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 CTS is powered by a 263-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 2009 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 @ 6400 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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2009 Cadillac CTS Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 343 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

By on Tuesday, April 19, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 49,000

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
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Performance, daily driving, Recarro seat"

Cons: "Fuel mileage"

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

"There simply isn't another car that combines this level of daily driveability with performance at the price. To make it a year-round driver, I bought a set of winter tires, using the Bridgestone Blizzaks (same size on all 4), and it handles the Pacific Northwest winter as well as any other sedan. The 50/50 weighting and traction control allow you to drive in any snow that you'd take any other typical sedan. And then in summer months, the V8 is smooth and predictable. The insane power is there only when you need it."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Best driving car ever.

By on Thursday, February 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

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
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Best car I have ever owened, and I have had five"

Cons: "I'am not finding any thing yet."

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

"This car is a pleasure to drive. I think you can drive this car all day up to eighteen hours and more and get out as good as when you got in."

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

225k and still going strong

By on Friday, December 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 225,000

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
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun, reliable"

Cons: "Little interior storage"

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

"Bought the car in 2010 from my father in law with 88k miles. It has been a great car. Had to replace all four bearing assemblies (1 twice). This seems to be the only thing that goes bad for mine. It is starting to produce a little rust around the wheel wells but still cleans up quite well. The inside (very little storage space) still cleans up like new."

26 people out of 38 found this review helpful

Sporty and Classy!

By on Tuesday, December 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

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: "Great looking car; handles well!"

Cons: "Poor rear view visibility"

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

"I have leased this car for the past 34 months and have decided to buy it at the end of the lease. GM discontinued making the Cadillac CTS coupe last year (for whatever reason). I truly love this car and have enjoyed driving it the entire time. I have gotten many compliments, from both young and old, and don't want to give up the sporty, but classy look this car has. The car handles well on the road and has good performance. Maybe GM will decide to re-manufacture this car in the near future!!"

12 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Very nice driving car, reliability issues

By on Wednesday, December 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "drives like a dream, very fast, good looking"

Cons: "reliability issues, smaller inside than expected"

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

"The CTS-V is a very nice driving car. We like it much better than our first generation CTS-V. Some recent repairs have me concerned with the reliability of this vehicle. The supercharger and the differential needed to be replaced at 30,000 miles. It was covered under warranty but scares me a bit for the future. Smaller inside than we expected but has a nice sized trunk. 'Goes like stink! Better mileage than we anticipated at 20 mpg highway."

16 people out of 27 found this review helpful

Been in shop alot

By on Sunday, November 22, 2015

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

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Car handles and drives great"

Cons: "Expensive maintenance. Noisy moon roof"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"Bought 2010 luxury in 2014 with 41000 miles from a Cadillac dealer. In 2 years I had to replace 3 wheel hub assemblies water pump and something on front drive shaft. I put 40000 miles on car so yes it gets driven. Found out the previous owner replaced the other wheel hub. It is great looking very comfortable and runs good.. Big moon roof is noisy. GM should put better wheel hubs on an expensive luxury car. Jeez"

21 people out of 31 found this review helpful

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