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2008 Cadillac CTS Sedan

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  • $33,675 original MSRP
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Benefits of Driving a 2008 Cadillac CTS Sedan

Cadillac's CTS stands out from the sport-sedan competition for 2008 on the basis of its very attractive handcrafted interior and its available high-tech features, which include adaptive headlamps and advanced audio and navigation options. With the direct-injection engine, it's also one of the most efficient-yet-quick vehicles in its class.

What's new for 2008?

The Cadillac CTS sport sedan gets a complete redesign inside and out for 2008, with a more powerful direct-injection V6 engine available, six-speed manual and automatic transmissions across the line, and a new dual-depth front passenger air bag.

Model Strengths

  • Performance and handling
  • new styling
  • handcrafted interior
  • fuel efficiency (direct-injection).

Model Review

The 2008 Cadillac CTS is now offered with either a 258-horsepower, 3.6L V6 with variable valve timing, or a new direct-injection 3.6L making 304 horsepower. Besides producing more power, the engine also has improved fuel economy and lowered emissions. Both can be paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with driver shift control, and a performance-oriented all-wheel drive system is available (though mated only with the automatic).

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2008 Cadillac CTS

Source: Carlist.com

SAN JOSE, Calif., - Just how much better is the all-new 2008 Cadillac CTS, well, where do you want to start?

Let's talk design. Although the new CTS looks just like old one, it looks nothing like the car it replaced. The grille is deeper and meshed, it has side vents and the car literally looks like its speeding while still.

At night the CTS' distinctive face and rump are illuminated by the innovative use of LED lighting. What Cadillac designers have done is retrofit the CTS with the vertical sharpness of Cadillac's fabled fins. But rather than use metal this is now done with lights. What's more, ambient interior lighting is now an option.

When it came to the interior, materials, fit and finish, roominess, and ergonomics have all been improved, not by a little bit but by a bunch. We spent a little time riding in the back seat of the CTS and were impressed with the amount of head and leg room we had, even when the front seat passenger slid his seat back several inches. The 2008 Cadillac CTS is truly a four-passenger sedan.

We were particularly pleased with the center stack. It mirrors the V-shape of the CTS' grille but Cadillac has forgone the use of a high tech mouse. All the controls were right there within easy reach. And the center stack wasn't cluttered with gobs of buttons and switchers. Still, the car was chock full of technology. Heck, the audio system can now be controlled with voice commands.

Other creature comforts included adaptive headlights, a 40 GB hard drive, satellite radio, a navigation system, heated windshield wiper fluid, MP3 and WP3 capability, keyless operation, double sun roof, heated and cooled front seats and rear park assist.

But the new CTS was more than a smooth comfortable sedan it was also a driver's car. On a run from here to the Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif., we found the car to be super quick. Our test vehicle was powered by a 3.6-liter V6 with direct fuel injection that made 304 horsepower and 273 pounds-feet of torque. It was mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Cadillac said the new engine had 15 percent more power, an eight percent increase in torque, three percent better fuel consumption, reduced cold start hydrocarbon emissions by 25 percent and yet it delivered all these improvements while running on regular gasoline.

There were some stretches during our test where we drove much faster than the law allowed. More than once, we had the 2008 Cadillac cruising past the century mark. The car was sure treaded; the suspension kept the ride tame and the CTS seemed right at home at speeds commonly found on Germany's Autobahn. What's more, the brakes slowed it down swiftly.

But it was the steering the really stood out. On a drive route that was rift with twisties, the 2008 Cadillac CTS planted itself exactly where we steered it without one bit of deviation. That steering wheel just felt good in our hands and the way the CTS responded to our input made us feel even better.

Although we didn't get the chance to drive it, the standard engine, a fuel injected 3.6-liter V6 didn't seem to be a slouch. It made 263 horsepower and 253 pounds-feet of torque. Either engine can also be mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

Most of the roads here were nothing like what you'd fine in our urban centers. We'd like to see how easy the CTS parks and how it handles the needed quick bursts acceleration and the rapid deceleration of expressways and it does it have curb appeal? Can the suspension handle really rough city streets? We think that that the 2008 Cadillac CTS will do just fine but we plan to find out for ourselves.

Prices start at $32,990.

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Safety Ratings help

What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Rollover Resistance

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Opt
Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Opt
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Opt
Variable Inter. Wipers Opt
Rain Sensing Wipers Opt

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt
Handsfree Wireless Opt


Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Opt
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 5 Years/100,000 Miles

Cadillac Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

1Extension of new-vehicle bumper-to-bumper warranty to 6 years/100,000 miles, whichever comes first (from new-vehicle delivery date and mileage). Download Details
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model years 2012-2017 / 60,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection ² 172-Point Inspection
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible No

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