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2009 Cadillac CTS Sedan

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2009 Cadillac CTS Sedan

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Cadillac CTS Sedan

Cadillac's CTS stands out from the luxury sports sedan segment 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. The direct-injected engine and available all wheel drive makes it one of the most efficient high performance sedans in its class. The CTS is also a tremendous luxury/performance value with base prices starting at $34,780.

What's new for 2009?

The Cadillac CTS sport sedan got a complete redesign inside and out for 2008. The CTS is carried over largely unchanged for 2009. A 6.2L supercharged V8-powered CTS-V high-performance model will be added to the lineup late in the year. Prices rose about 10 percent from last year.

Model Strengths

  • Performance and handling
  • handcrafted interior
  • fuel efficiency

Model Review

The 2009 Cadillac CTS is now offered with either a 263-horsepower, 3.6L V6 with variable valve timing, or a new direct-injection 3.6L making 304 horsepower. Besides increasing power output, the engine's direct injection system improves fuel economy and reduces emissions. Both engines can be paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with driver shift control. Performance oriented all-wheel drive system is available, mated only to the automatic transmission.

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Review: 2009 Cadillac CTS-V

Source: MSN Autos

With its supercharged, 556-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 engine, the 2009 CTS-V is the most powerful Cadillac ever. Also the quickest and fastest, it has a claimed 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds and a 193 mph top speed. Yet on the road or track this thoroughly American sport sedan is most impressive for the refined driving experience it provides, where the original CTS-V always felt like the hot rod it was.

Model Lineup
The original CTS launched as a 2003 model, and the first CTS-V was added to the lineup in 2004. Powered by a 400-horsepower 5.7-liter V8, the "V" was only available with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The CTS was fully redesigned for 2008, and the new CTS-V shares its platform and interior.

Exterior differences are subtle and few, with zero "boy racer" grafts. Its dual front grille with chrome mesh has double the surface of the V6-powered CTS, and a new aluminum hood needs only a discreet bulge to accommodate the slightly greater height of the supercharged V8 engine. The rocker panels are kicked out a touch, and a larger, upturned center-mounted stoplight at the edge of the trunk lid doubles as a spoiler, reducing lift at high speed.

The CTS-V runs on Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires but not the run-flat variety used on the Corvette ZR1. Their sizes are 255/40ZR-19 in front and a meaty 285/35ZR-19 in the rear. The Cadillac's wheelbase is 113.4 inches — nearly identical to BMW's 500-horsepower M5 (113.7 inches), and the cars are near matches in most dimensions. By comparison, the 400-horsepower BMW M3 has a 108.7-inch wheelbase and is smaller in every way.

Official pricing for the CTS-V will be announced closer to its market launch in October, but the target MSRP is $60,000, with a fully-optioned "V" priced in the mid-$60,000s. By comparison, the M5 checks in with an MSRP of $83,900, while the M3 lists for $53,800 — and both figures are quickly jacked onto a higher plane with a few options. With the CTS-V, you get a sport sedan that is about the same size as an M5, packs a greater punch and will sell for about the same money as the smaller and less powerful M3.

Under the Hood
The CTS-V's engine is a 6.2-liter, all-aluminum small-block V8 fitted with a smaller-displacement version (1.9 liters vs. 2.3 liters) of the Corvette ZR1's four-lobe, sixth-generation Eaton supercharger. It delivers 556 horsepower and 551 lb-ft of torque to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The manual is coupled to a light, progressive dual-disc clutch similar to the ZR1's, and the automatic has steering-wheel-mounted paddles for the manual mode.

Cadillac says with either transmission the CTS-V will get to 60 mph in a scant 3.9 seconds, and cover the quarter mile in 12 seconds flat. The car's top speed is quoted at 175 mph for the automatic and about 193 mph with the manual gearbox.

This means the CTS-V's unofficial lap of 7:59:38 around the famed Nürburgring track in Germany could probably be improved upon. John Heinricy, veteran racer and director of high-performance engineering at Cadillac, set that sub-eight-minute lap with a production-ready CTS-V equipped with the automatic. Set in Sport mode, Heinricy didn't even bother using the shift paddles, since this setting already quickens upshifts.

Inner Space
The CTS-V's interior is dressed with attractive hand-stitched leather surfaces. These are produced by a small South Carolina-based supplier that also makes interior trim for high-end AMG specials from Mercedes-Benz. The only discordant notes are narrow trim strips (with sharp edges in some places), that meekly try to evoke carbon fiber but end up looking like plastic. Cadillac should simply emulate Porsche and offer the option of real carbon fiber or aluminum trim — the car fully deserves it.

Optional Recaro sport seats will likely be priced between $2,500 and $3,000, and they are worth the money. These perches are adjustable in 14 different ways, including lumbar support cushions in the backrest and side bolsters that can be inflated to the right firmness for ideal lateral support. The seat cushion can also be extended forward manually for better thigh support, which is lacking in the standard seats. On a track, hard braking will send you sliding forward in these, requiring bracing on the footrest. The better thigh support of the optional seats helps prevent this "submarining."

On the Road (and Track)
The new CTS-V is anything but crude and will take you to work, or to a track and back, in impressively quiet comfort — not bad for a sedan packing so much power. A significant chunk of this goodness can be attributed to the CTS-V's standard Magnetic Ride Control suspension. This setup uses shock absorbers that can change their damping characteristics in microseconds, thanks to magnets that act on a fluid filled with minute iron particles.

We took the automatic-gearbox version from White Plains, New York, to the new Monticello Motor Club and felt a very slight difference between the Tour and Sport mode of the suspension. With the latter, you feel and hear the Michelins riding over small cracks that disappear in Tour mode, but the ride never becomes harsh in any way. Steering is crisp and weighted just right, and there's only the slightest trace of supercharger whine when you gun it a bit.

The return drive was in a CTS-V equipped with the 6-speed manual, as well as the optional Recaro seats and suede-like microfiber trim on the steering wheel and shift lever. However pleasant the automatic, the manual version best exemplifies the new CTS-V's highly appealing blend of sporting demeanor and refinement.

Shift throws for the manual tranny are short and precise, and its action always succinct and light, whether driving casually down the road or downshifting two gears while braking hard into a corner. Pedals on manual cars are also optimized for 'heel-and-toe' maneuvers, and it shows. While accelerating, a slight gear whine reminds you of the manual car's nature and potential, likely from the heavy-duty limited-slip differential. It's not unpleasant, and will probably please enthusiasts.

The three cars we drove on the track were equipped with optional, track-ready, two-part rotors for their Brembo brakes and a fan-cooled rear differential. The brake calipers have six pistons in front and four at the rear. The automatic and manual-gearbox versions of the CTS-V are equally pleasant, rewarding and capable on the brand-new 22-turn, 3.9-mile Monticello layout.

The engine is a gem, with a muted growl and seamlessly abundant supply of torque at your right foot's command. The "V" turns into corners willingly, with a touch of understeer that easily disappears with a prod of the accelerator. Use more of it and you get controllable power oversteer on exit, if you wish.

The CTS-V is an even-tempered thoroughbred that never feels nervous or twitchy, and it let us work up to speed with confidence on an unfamiliar track. As I progressively went faster, the understeer, tire squeal, body roll and front dive under braking also grew. There should be a third setting for the CTS-V's excellent suspension: Track.

Right for You?
In spite of its spectacular performance and track-friendly handling, the new CTS-V impresses at least as much when driven at a serene pace on public roads. Comparisons with premium German iron are not far-fetched in the least. The CTS-V can outrun many big ones for the price of their smaller siblings, with unprecedented grace, integration and refinement for an American sedan. It is truly world class, and leagues better than its hot-rod forebear.

A professional auto journalist for more than 25 years and the founding editor of Sympatico / MSN Autos, Marc Lachapelle is a two-time winner of the Canadian Journalist of the Year award from the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada, an accomplished photographer and licensed racer.

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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.

Driver Crash Grade

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS 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 Body Side 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

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/70,000 miles, whichever comes first (from new-vehicle delivery date and mileage). Download Details
Age/Mileage Eligibility 5 years / 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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