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2009 Cadillac CTS Review

The highly-ranked 2009 Cadillac CTS has a comfortable, yet sporty, ride and a high-quality, luxurious interior, making it a good choice for those seeking a 2009 midsize car that is practical, fun and upscale. It also comes with a strong safety rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Composed, sporty handling
  • Strong engine options
  • Upscale interior
  • Front seats could use more lateral support




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.2
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2009 Cadillac CTS Overview

When it was new, critics enjoyed driving the CTS, saying it handles like the sport sedan that it is, but never feels harsh or jarring over rough pavement. The CTS is available with two V6 engines. The base engine makes 263 horsepower, while the available V6 engine adds direct injection, which raises output to 304 horsepower. While the latter engine is stronger, most critics found few faults with either, saying that both deliver a competitive amount of power. There is also a high-performance variant, the CTS-V, which is a V8 with 556 horsepower, which is reviewed separately. The CTS is available with rear- or all-wheel drive, as well as a manual or automatic transmission. A rear-wheel drive CTS with an automatic transmission and the base V6 gets 18/26 mpg city/highway, which is about average for the class. Selecting a manual transmission or AWD drops fuel economy slightly.

Inside, critics liked the CTS’ high-quality cabin materials and comfortable, spacious seats, though some wished the front seats offered more lateral support during hard cornering. The CTS has 13.6 cubic feet of trunk space, which is competitive with rivals. Standard equipment includes dual-zone climate control, satellite radio and an auxiliary input jack. Optional features when it was new include a Bose stereo, navigation, Bluetooth and rear parking sensors.

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Other Cars to Consider

One CTS alternative worth considering is the 2009 Lexus IS. Critics said the IS has controlled and refined handling, as well as an upscale interior. The base IS 250 should be adequate for most, but those looking for a more invigorating car will want the IS 350, which has a more powerful engine. 

Another 2009 midsize car you may want to look at is the 2009 Audi A4. The A4 was regarded as a composed and nimble performer, especially models with all-wheel drive. It also has a high-quality interior that critics loved and comfortable, supportive seats. The A4 offers better safety ratings than the CTS.

Compare the CTS to the IS and A4 »

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