After a redesign for 2008 that included a completely new interior, the mid-size CTS returns with only minor changes for the 2009 Cadillac CTS model year. A brash American athlete that has benefited from schooling abroad, the 2009 Cadillac CTS has no problem going toe to toe against the top entry-level luxury sport sedans. Much like a ruffian attending a ritzy summer camp, the 2009 Cadillac CTS found itself in an awkward situation.
Sure, this 2009 Cadillac CTS won respect, thanks to its decent athletic ability, but it lacked refinement — a droopy-jeaned, scruffy-bearded interloper among the Polo-outfitted, impeccably groomed class. The 2009 Cadillac CTS colors is available in 10 options for the exteriors and 5 for the interior
Being larger than the typical entry-level luxury sport sedan, the 2009 Cadillac CTS offered more cabin space than its rivals and wrapped it all up in edgy styling. The car, however, was considered too busy by some 2009 Cadillac CTS review due to its excessive number of character lines and oversized lights.
But it was the 2009 Cadillac CTS cabin that hurt this “upscale” model the most, as its style and materials quality were far behind those found in Audi’s A4 or BMW’s 3 Series. Better materials were used inside beginning with the redesign last year, and now the 2009 Cadillac CTS interior boasts high-quality upholstery and trim a step better than those usually found in this class.
In front, firm sport seats give good support, while the backseat is rather snug but good for two adults. The 2009 Cadillac CTS is available with one of two V6 engines; standard power comes from a 3.6-liter V6 generating 258 hp and 252 pound-feet of torque, while the available 3.6-liter direct-injection (DI) V6 puts out 304 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque.
A six-speed manual transmission is standard with the 2009 Cadillac CTS base engine, and a six-speed automatic is available. The 2009 Cadillac CTS DI engine has the automatic as standard and the manual as optional. A 2009 Cadillac CTS V6 DI with the automatic that we tested accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds.
The 2009 Cadillac CTS for sale in both rear-wheel-drive and AWD configurations; the latter is only available with the six-speed automatic. Both 2009 Cadillac CTS engines get virtually the same gas mileage, with 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined for the base engine and 17/26/20 mpg for the DI engine.
2009 Cadillac CTS Review
Competitors 2009 Cadillac CTS
The 2009 Cadillac CTS sport sedan is Cadillac’s entry-level vehicle in the United States, and takes on compact to mid-size sport sedans from Europe and Japan—such as the BMW 3 Series and Infiniti G37. Nearly all of the 2009 Cadillac CTS competitors comes in a more traditional luxury shape, with the C-Class best matching the CTS on features.
The 2009 Cadillac CTS is larger and heavier than its competitive set, which hampers acceleration and handling, although the CTS has very well-balanced handling and an especially well-tuned Stabilitrak stability control system. The 2009 Cadillac CTS continues to compete with the best from Mercedes and BMW with a distinctly American approach, boasting some of the top tech features in its class.
What helps the 2009 Cadillac CTS specs stand out among rivals is its styling; sharp edges and a chunky appearance on the outside are met inside with smooth, flowing contours of the instrument panel. The Cadillac CTS ride is firm but smooth, and handling is quite capable and entertaining even with the base setup.
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