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Sunday, August 10, 2008

2009 Cadillac CTS Review

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The 2009 Cadillac CTS revives its hotrod V model. The CTS-V is powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged version of the Chevrolet Corvette's V8 engine. It produces 556 hp and is mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The CTS-V has GM's Magnetic Ride Control suspension as standard. It uses sensors to monitor road conditions and adjust suspension tuning accordingly. GM also is offering its "Performance Traction Management" system on the CTS-V.

This system is similar to GM's Stabilitrak antiskid system, but it is set to aid performance in spirited driving. The V also gets an upgraded interior that includes available Recaro-brand seats with 14-way adjustment and a microfiber wrap for the shift lever and steering wheel. The rest of the 2009 Cadillac CTS lineup, a 2008 Consumer Guide Best Buy, is largely unchanged following its 2008 redesign.

Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available on all but the CTS-V. Base CTS models have a 263-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine. Uplevel Direct Injection models have a 304-hp 3.6-liter V6. Both engines team with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, curtain side airbags, and front side airbags. Available features include steering-linked headlamps and keyless entry and ignition. A navigation system is optional.