The Cadillac CTS is the car that brought the Cadillac brand into the modern era. No longer was a Cadillac destined only to be the car your grandfather drove around the neighborhood. In 1999, when Ca- dillac introduced the first CTS model, General Motors demonstrated to the car-buying public that they could build a car that could hold its own against the best European sedans in the showrooms.
New to 2011 model year, Cadil- lac introduced the much-anticipated coupe version of the CTS. It has the same angled styling that sets the CTS sedan apart from its rivals, but its shorter design gives it a real performance look. And, it’s loads of fun, too. Why? Because it’s a coupe, that’s why. It’s not designed to haul groceries, sheetrock, the soccer team or screaming mimis. Coupes are for date nights, showing off and gener- ally tooling around town. Got it? And if that’s what’s you’re looking to do, then the CTS Coupe fits the bill perfectly.
The Caddy’s 3.6 liter V-6 puts out 304 horsepower which is what high performance V-8’s used to produce
only about 15 years ago, so unless you live without head snapping power, this engine will give you both power and decent fuel economy at 17 mpg city and 26 highway. With the Performance Package, you’ll get low profile tires which will give the car a stiffer handling ride so if you don’t want to feel all the bumps in the road, pass on that option.
The interior reflects the angular ex- terior styling. The rear visibility is not ideal, and the blind spots are huge.
You’ll have to keep an eagle eye on the guys in the other lanes or you’ll get honked at a lot. And, don’t plan on backing up too much, either. The backup camera is a Godsend in those instances.
Cadillac needs to get more credit for their attempt to bring the brand into the 21st Century. These cars are All-American in their design, and the younger generation needs to look to Detroit before making that decision on stylish luxury cars.
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