2008 Cadillac CTS

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2008 Cadillac CTS Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Cadillac CTS was new.

The CTS delivers good performance, handsome styling and a luxurious interior, but its manual transmission suffers from stiffness and long throws, its front seats could provide better side bolstering and its fuel consumption is not ideal for the class.

Pros & Cons

  • Strong power and responsive handling
  • Refined exterior with excellent fit and finish
  • Stylish and feature-packed cabin
  • Insurance Institute "Top Safety Pick"
  • Slightly stiff manual transmission
  • More front seat support needed for sporty driving.

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Cadillac CTS has a score of 9.0 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 44 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.1
Safety: 9.7
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2008 Cadillac CTS Overview

According to our analysis, the revamped 2008 Cadillac CTS is a vast improvement on an already-solid car. With new and improved performance capabilities, bolder exterior lines and a stylish cockpit-style cabin, the automotive industry acknowledges that the CTS is not only a better car than previous models, but is one of the better cars sold in the upscale midsize sedan class.

This year, Motor Trend selected the CTS as the 2008 Car of the Year for its smart restyling. "For that remarkable achievement, and for making us grin like lottery winners every time we drove it, the CTS is our enthusiastic choice for Motor Trend's 2008 Car of the Year," the magazine reports. The 2008 CTS is also recognized as one of Car and Driver's 10 Best. "This second gen-CTS conclusively fulfills General Motors' goal of turning Cadillac into a world-class luxury competitor," Car and Driver says. "The result is a ride that is easy on the eyes, comfortable on your backside, exciting to drive, and competitive with the best from Europe."

The CTS is available in just one trim level, with either rear- or all-wheel drive, and with one of two engines paired with either a manual or automatic six-speed transmission. Not sold on the Cadillac CTS? Consider the BMW 3-Series. Also consider the spacious Lexus ES.

  • "Boiled down to what matters most to the basic car, the new Lansing, Michigan-built 2008 Cadillac CTS -- with its excellent powertrain, great handling, substantially improved interior and dramatic new styling -- succeeds on all levels." -- Road and Track
  • "This car isn't just good -- it's world-class. … Inside and out, it's better, cleaner and offers everything a customer is looking for in a well-priced luxury sedan." --Detroit News
  • "The new CTS is still not a world-beater, but it is definitely a contender, and it deserves a lot of serious attention." -- BusinessWeek
  • "Cadillacs continue to get better-looking and more impressive." -- Car and Driver
  • "With this bold, savvy, uncompromising showpiece of a sedan -- the all-new Cadillac CTS -- GM has leapt straight from the rabble's side of the velvet rope into that coveted, highly selective inner sanctum marked 'World's Finest Cars.'" -- Motor Trend

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