The 2007 Cadillac CTS is a solid entrant in the crowded entry-level, midsize luxury sport sedan segment. It doesn’t lead the class in any particular category, but it is a perennial ""B-average"" student that is solid and better than average, but not the best. Buyers will be surprised that the CTS handles so well with such impressive performance. There are better performers, like the BMW 3 Series, and more luxurious offerings, like the Acura TL.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.8-liter V-6, 3.6-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Cadillac CTS, Cadillac CTS Sport
The few minor changes on the Cadillac CTS for the 2007 model year include traffic updates on the optional satellite radio when it is ordered with the navigation system, and the wheel centers now feature the Cadillac wreath and crest in full color.
The 2007 Cadillac CTS entry-level luxury sport sedan is offered in two trim levels that are based on engine size: 2.8-liter V-6 for the base trim and a 3.6-liter V-6 for the Sport trim. Standard equipment on the base includes 16-inch wheels, while the sport offers no changes to exterior features. Most of the additional luxury and performance features are grouped into packages. The Luxury package adds polished alloy wheels. There are two sport-themed packages geared towards driving enthusiasts. The 17-inch Wheel Sport package includes a sport-tuned suspension, HID headlights, performance tires, and a limited-slip differential. The 18-inch Wheel Performance package is available on the CTS Sport only and has the aforementioned features plus a tire-pressure monitoring system and stronger brakes. A sunroof is a rare stand-alone exterior feature.
In the cabin, the Base comes with leatherette seating, an eight-way power driver seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a CD player. Leather seating with a 10-way driver seat is optional on the base and standard on the Sport trim. The Luxury package includes heated front seats that have been upgraded, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and Homelink. Interior stand-alone features include a Bose premium audio package with satellite radio, and a navigation system.
The cabin quality is decent. In terms of materials and build quality, the CTS is solid, and it is certainly more spacious than other entrants in the entry-level luxury sedan segment. But when it comes to real elegance, ambiance, and true luxury, the CTS doesn’t quite match up to rivals, despite the respectable and easy-to-use list of features. For sheer cabin luxury and quality, the CTS can’t quite match the competition.
Performance & Handling
The rear-drive CTS comes with with two different V-6 engine options, depending on the chosen trim level: a 2.8-liter version makes 210 horsepower and 194 lb-ft of torque, and a 3.6-liter version produces 255 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque. Both engines can be mated to either a six-speed manual or an optional five-speed automatic transmission. The CTS’ performance handles traffic situations well and while not leading the class, isn’t exactly a slouch either.
The CTS isn’t as nimble as smaller cars in this class, but is rather respectable for its size. Being a Cadillac causes the buyer to assume that a soft and cushy ride is involved. While the ride of the CTS is alright, it is not up to par in terms of quality, and it feels and handles like a true sedan. The steering is sharp and precise, the suspension handles the twists and turns, while the overall performance is swift.
The Cadillac CTS is packed with nearly all of the latest safety features as standard equipment, including traction control, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, front seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, and GM's OnStar system. A stability control system is available with either the 17- or 18-inch wheel packages. In tests conducted by the NHTSA, the CTS scored four out of five stars for driver and front-passenger protection in frontal impacts. Side-impact tests resulted in a five-star rating for rear passengers and a four-star rating for front passengers. The IIHS named the CTS a ""Best Pick"" for the scores received in its 40-mph frontal offset crash test.
EPA Fuel Economy
Cadillac CTS: 15/25 mpg city/highway
Cadillac CTS Sport: 15/24 mpg city/highway
- Performance from the bigger V-6
- Cabin space
- Available features
You Won't Like
- Interior materials and design
- Lacks rivals’ athleticism
Not the typical Cadillac, due to above average sportiness.
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