The CTS has always been one of critics' favorite Cadillacs due to its nimbleness, almost single-handedly redefining Cadillac's image, and the 2007 continues to hold the line. This mid-size, rear-wheel drive, four-door sedan offers luxury without saddling you with a car larger than you need.
Prices start at $29,925 for the CTS with the 2.8L V6. This engine uses variable valve timing and a dual track intake manifold to make 210 horsepower and 194 ft-lbs of torque. The 3.6L V6 CTS starts at $32,785 and has double overhead camshafts and four-valves-per-cylinder that help it make 255 horsepower and 252 ft-lbs of torque. All CTS models are rear wheel drive, and come standard with a very nice six-speed manual transmission. A five-speed automatic is optional with both V6 engines.
Every CTS offers a pleasing package of luxury and safety items. The full leather seating and wood trim are well executed, and the dual-zone climate control and driver's information center match the competition nicely. All the regular power bells and whistles are included. Front, side and head curtain air bags come standard, as do traction control, and anti-lock brakes.
A variety of packages are available with both engines. The Luxury Package adds a host of convenience items, such as memory features, an auto-dimming mirror, and an alarm. The Sport Package tacks on xenon headlights, performance tires, a revised suspension, and a limited-slip differential.
The Performance Package is only available with the larger V6 engine. It adds larger brakes, a tire pressure monitor, and stiffer suspension to the Sport Package. Limited to the state of California is the California CTS Luxury Package, which includes all of the Luxury Package equipment, as well as a sunroof, a six-disc CD changer with Bose speakers. Most of the items included in each package are available separately.
For those seeking something flashier, there is the CTS-V, which is powered by the same 6.0L V8 that is standard in the Corvette. This two-valve-per-cylinder, single-cam-in-the-block engine is all aluminum and makes 400-horespower with 395 ft-lbs of torque. Thanks to a 2.5-inch diameter dual exhaust system, this Caddy rumbles with all the authority of a Corvette, and can sprint to 60 mph in a reported 4.6-seconds on its way up to a top speed of 163 mph.
A six-speed manual transmission is the only gearbox on offer, and standard StabiliTrak and traction control helps keep the CTS-V pointed in the right direction. Large Brembo brakes, a sunroof, xenon headlights, a tire pressure monitor, a memory package, a six-disc CD changer with Bose speakers, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror are some more of the CTS-V's standard features that are upgrades over the base CTS.
In addition to the enhanced level of interior and safety equipment, there are a number of cues that separate the CTS-V from its lower-horsepower siblings. The most noticeable is the stainless steel wire mesh grilles above and below the bumper. They add a purposeful note, especially with the ducts which cool the front brakes. "V" badges adorn the rear end and front fenders, announcing the new performance brand in the Cadillac family. There is even a bar under the hood that ties the two front suspension towers together for stiffer handling. This is certainly the firmest ride we've ever experienced in a Cadillac, but the CTS-V's tenacious grip on the road more than compensates for the decidedly non-Cadillac ride.
Seats, front bucket, includes 8-way power driver seat adjuster and articulating head restraints
Seat adjuster, front passenger manual recline
Seat, rear pass-through, center armrest
Armrest, front center
Armrest, rear center with dual cup holders
Console, floor with floor shifter, integral armrest, storage compartment and cup holders
Floor mats, carpeted front and rear
Steering column, Tilt-Wheel, adjustable
Steering wheel, leather-wrapped
Steering wheel controls, mounted audio, HVAC system and programmable functions for fan, traction control, phone end and available navigation repeat controls
Instrumentation, analog with speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge and engine temperature gauge
Fuel gauge, analog
Door locks, power programmable
Windows, power with front and rear Express-Down, front Express-Up and rear passenger lockout
Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
OnStar, 1-year of Directions & Connections plan. Includes Automatic Notification of Air Bag Deployment, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, Emergency Services, Roadside Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Hands-Free Calling, AccidentAssist, Remote Horn and Lights, Information and Convenience Services and Driving Directions (OnStar services require vehicle electrical system (including battery), wireless service and GPS satellite signals to be available and operating for features to function properly. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance and Remote Door Unlock sucess varies with conditions. OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics available on most 2004 MY and newer GM vehicles. Diagnostic capability varies by model. Visit onstar.com or call 1-888-466-7827 for system limitations and details.)
Trunk release, power
Remote Keyless Entry
Theft-deterrent system, vehicle, PASS-Key III
Climate control, dual-zone automatic with individual climate settings for driver and right-front passenger
Defogger, rear-window electric with front and side window outlets for the driver and right-front passenger
Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD player, Radio Data System (RDS) and 7 speakers
XM Satellite Radio. With a wide variety of programming, XM has something to excite any driver. Whether you want to be entertained or informed, to laugh, think, or sing, XM has the perfect channel for you - coast-to-coast, and in digital-quality sound. 3 trial months - no obligation. (Available in the 48 contiguous United States. Required $12.95 monthly subscription sold separately. All fees and programming subject to change. Subscription subject to customer agreement. For more information, visit gm.xmradio.com.)
Antenna, integral front and rear
Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming with OnStar controls
Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors
EPA FUEL ECONOMY RATINGS
City 17/hwy 27 (2.8L engine/6-speed manual trans)
City 18/hwy 27 (2.8L engine/5-speed auto trans)
Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
Air bags, dual-stage frontal and side-impact, driver and right-front passenger and head curtain side-impact, front and rear outboard seating positions (Head curtain air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front and outboard rear seat occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your childs age and size, even in vehicles equipped with air bags. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. See the vehicles Owners Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
Safety belts, 3-point, driver and right-front passenger, belt-to-seat mounting
Door locks, rear child security
Traction Control, all-speed, brake and engine controlled