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2006 Cadillac CTS Near-Luxury Mid-Size Sedan
By the StaffNew Car Overview of the 2006 Cadillac CTS Near-Luxury Mid-Size Sedan
Description: Near-Luxury Mid-Size Sedan
Options & Features
This sports sedan made history in 2003 as the first RWD vehicle in Cadillac's fleet since 1979 and the first manual transmission for a RWD Caddy in 50 years. The Sigma platform features an extended wheelbase and wide track with wheels set on corners. In the five-seat cabin, the exterior theme of angular forms is expressed in monochromatic treatment.
For 2006 CTS shows two powertrains. A base model stocks a 2.8-liter V6 VVT engine pumping 210 hp with a new six-speed manual transmission by Aisin or a five-speed Hydra-Matic 5L40-E automatic. The automatic adds a gated shifter with Driver Shift Control (DSC) for shift-it-yourself action like a manual stick. Upgraded CTS supports a 3.6-liter V6 with VVT and output pushed to 255 hp.
A new Sport Performance Package brings 18-inch performance tires and polished wheels, xenon high intensity discharge (HID) lamps, performance brakes and revised suspension settings.
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2008 Cadillac CTS mid-size sedan with a 304-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine
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The 2008 Cadillac CTS (MSRP $32,245 - $36,445) is a mid-size luxury sedan, and is currently in its second generation. It was introduced in 2002 as a model for 2003, and received a nomination for the North American Car of the Year Award in the same year. It is produced in the Lansing, Michigan plant of General Motors.
The Cadillac CTS is available in two trim levels the V6 and V6 Direct Injection. Both trim levels come with a 304-horsepower, 3.6-liter, V6 engine, though the later has a direct injection system. The V6 version also comes with a 6-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive, but a 6-speed automatic transmission and All-Wheel Drive are both options. The CTS sedan competes with the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Chrysler 300, Infiniti G35, Jaguar X-Type, Lexus ES, Lexus IS, Lincoln MKZ, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Saab 9-3, and the Volvo S60.
Basic Cadillac CTS features include four-wheel independent suspension, front and rear stabilizer bars (sports suspension is optional), and 17-inch alloy wheels.
CTS instrumentation includes a tachometer, outside temperature display, compass, trip computer, low tire pressure warning, and a rear reverse-sensing system.
Comfort and convenience in the Cadillac CTS features include speed control, power steering, 5-passenger seating, 2-way power driver and front passenger bucket seats with lumbar support (memory seat, heating and ventilation are optional), front center armrest with storage, leather shift knob, front dual-zone air conditioning with automatic temperature control, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, auto-dimming rear view mirror, driver vanity mirror, bench rear seat with center armrests (split folding rear seat back optional), and a rear window defroster.
Cadillac CTS power features include heated door mirrors, windows, remote keyless entry, trunk/cargo area release, and a moonroof. Entertainment and telematics features include single CD player, AM/FM/Satellite-capable radio (memory optional), MP3 capability, radio data system, eight Bose speakers, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, entertainment system with DVD, internet access capability, LCD monitors on first row seat backs, and a diversity antenna.
Safety and security features in the Cadillac CTS include illuminated entry, roadside assistance (OnStar), delay-off headlights, variably intermittent wipers, front and rear vented 4-wheel disc brakes, 4-wheel Anti-Lock Braking System brakes, brake assist, drive-line traction control, driver/passenger front impact airbag, overhead airbag, passenger side impact airbag, occupant-sensing airbags, perimeter/approach lights, panic alarm, electronic stability, and ignition disable.
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By the Staff
The current CTS gives way to clean, softer lines, an extended grille, angular headlights, and traditional Cadillac taillights.
After pushing the luxury brand in a new direction with the release of the Cadillac CTS in 2003, the CTS has been reissued this year, in its second generation, with big - and better - improvements. Although the first generation CTS renewed consumer interest in Cadillac as a luxury brand worthy of consideration, it is with this second generation version that this model is able to realistically compete with other luxury brands such as Lexus, Audi, and Infiniti. The 2008 Cadillac CTS showcases much better exterior styling; we've never cared for Cadillac's aggressive, militaristic, Hummer-inspired styling as it was too harsh for a luxury product. So we're glad to see that it's been toned down this time.
The current CTS gives way to clean, softer lines, an extended grille, angular headlights, and traditional Cadillac taillights. For this test, we drove a rear-wheel drive Cadillac CTS with a six-speed, shiftable automatic transmission, a rear-wheel drive system, and a 304-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 engine with Direct Fuel Injection (DI). Our test car (which had an base MSRP of $34,545) came with Thunder Gray Chromaflair premium paint (cost $995), a Light Titanium interior, an 18-inch All Season Tire Performance Package (worth $1,740), and a compact spare tire (cost $250).
We also had the Premium Luxury Collection (worth $8,165), which provided leather upholstery, a power passenger seat, a navigation system (with a 40GB hard drive) with real-time traffic data, and a power-adjustable, tilt and telescoping steering wheel. This package also comes with, a Bose audio system (with surround-sound), six-CD changer, a large sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, LED interior lighting, rear parking assist, keyless ignition, additional wood trim, and ventilated and heated seats. With the delivery charge of $745, our test car had a total MSRP of $46,440.
This mid-size sedan is assembled in Lansing, Michigan; eighty percent of its parts/materials are from the United States or Canada. Mileage is at par with those of its class (City MPG/17, 14 - 20 expected range, Highway MPG/26, 21 - 31 expected range) - not particularly impressive, although the CTS uses regular fuel and not premium gas, which is an advantage.
2008 Cadillac CTS Sedan Exterior
The second-generation CTS features a toned-down exterior that is less aggressive and militaristic than in previous years. Although it still has weird, edgy lines, with a very large grill and hood, and a short rear deck, it does have the appearance of having been re-sculpted. Despite marked improvement, Cadillac designers are still missing the mark on refinement as the CTS looks like every mid-priced Japanese sedan, rather than having the elegance and panache of products from Mercedes and BMW, which it is actually des...