By James Bergeron

Picture Gallery:
2008 Cadillac CTS

Day 1:

2008 Cadillac CTS
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Completely redesigned for 2008, the new Cadillac CTS has been causing a lot of people to take notice of GM and Cadillac. For me personally, the new CTS was one of the few releases at last year’s Detroit auto show that I was looking forward to driving to see how much better it really was.

Just from the photos, everyone was stumbling over themselves for a better look of the CTS’ redesigned interior, which from an observer’s perspective was the biggest visible change to the CTS. Having finally been inside the CTS to touch the interior and see it with my own eyes I understand why: it certainly is an exercise in excellent design.

2008 Cadillac CTS
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Perhaps it’s unfair to judge based on my tester, which is optioned out to just over $60,000. This model certainly is no “base” model Cadillac, but the basics carry over from the standard model just the same.

On top of the usual laundry list of features a standard CTS is equipped with, my tester adds the new 3.6Litre direct-injection V6 engine, producing 304 horsepower and 273lb-ft of torque with a 6-speed automatic transmission, putting the power to the ground with all four wheels using Cadillac’s all-wheel drive system.

My tester is equipped with a multitude of packages and I could spend all day typing out the feature list. To save me and any casual readers some time, I will list the packages added to my tester and suggest visiting the link at the end of the article to GM’s website for the detailed list of features.

A base CTS starts at $38,900; with the direct injection 3.6Liter engine the CTS is priced at $41,400. My tester adds all-wheel drive for $4,325; a DVD-based navigation system for $3,900; 18″ polished aluminum wheels for $695; the sight and sound package for $1,735; the comfort and convenience package for $2,735; the performance package ($1890); the double sized ultraview power sunroof ($1660) and last but not least wood trim for $465.

2008 Cadillac CTS
MSRP as tested inc. destination & delivery: $60,325

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