2009 Cadillac CTS

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2009 Cadillac CTS Review

An entry-level luxury sedan with great performance.

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The 2009 Cadillac CTS is a midsize, entry-level luxury sport sedan that offers performance and style to compete with its foreign competitors.

The Range

Body Styles: Sedan
Engines: 3.6-liter V-6, 3.6-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed manual, six-speed shiftable automatic
Models: CTS

What's New

The 2009 Cadillac CTS remains largely unchanged for the model year. However, Bluetooth connectivity is now standard.


The exterior of the 2009 Cadillac CTS is refined and handsome. Laser brazing is used to eliminate the rubber seals on the roof. These roof sections are fused together, creating an uninterrupted silhouette. Wide fender flares more than accommodate larger wheels. Its unique angular body lines are attractive and well-designed. The wheel track is increased by two inches, offering 62 inches. At the rear of the vehicle, LED taillights are functional and stylish. Dual exhaust pipes add to the car’s performance sedan status. The sweeping downward slope of the roof lessens back seat headroom and back seat visibility. In addition, it can make back seat entry and exit a bit of a challenge.

Standard equipment includes 17-inch painted alloy wheels, variable intermittent wipers, rear defogger, daytime running lights, and auto delay off dusk-sensing headlights. There are several option collections that can help buyers customize their CTS. The Performance Collection adds 18-inch wheels with performance tires, and the Luxury Collection features alloy wheel choices.


The interior of the 2009 Cadillac CTS is plush and stylish. Wood and alloy trim set off the high-tech gadgets and systems that make the CTS a pleasure to ride in. The optional navigation system has a retractable LCD screen, and the soft-touch dash is an elegant addition to the cockpit. The seats are well-bolstered and offer a comfortable ride, even in the back seat. An optional dual-panel moonroof can bring the outdoors inside the cabin.

Other 2009 Cadillac CTS interior standard features include power door locks, power windows, power heated mirrors, an eight-way power driver seat with height adjustment, leatherette upholstery, bucket front seats, rear ventilation ducts, cruise control, front console with storage, power steering, a 12-volt power outlet, a leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio and cruise control functions, dual-zone climate control, leather/wood/simulated wood interior trim, auto-dimming rearview mirror, tachometer, trip computer, OnStar telecommunications service, and an AM/FM/CD/MP3/Satellite audio system with eight premium Bose speakers and radio data system. The Performance Luxury Collection includes a split-folding rear seat, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, rear parking assist, and keyless ignition. The Premium Luxury Collection includes all of the options listed above plus the dual-pane sunroof, wood interior trim, and a hard drive-based navigation system with a retractable LCD screen. Some of the optional equipment can be ordered as stand-alone items.

There’s an optional split folding backseat to increase cargo capacity. With the seats in place, cargo capacity is 13.6 cubic feet.

Performance & Handling

The 2009 Cadillac CTS is equipped with a 3.6-liter, V-6 engine. Without direct injection, it generates 263 hp; with direct injection, hp jumps to 304.

The engine can be paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed shiftable automatic with paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel. The vehicle is available as either rear-drive or AWD; AWD is not available with the manual transmission.

There are three available suspension choices, depending on how sporty the buyer would like the ride to be. The 2009 Cadillac CTS manual transmission has been clocked at 6.5 seconds in a zero-to-60-mph sprint.


2009 Cadillac CTS’s standard safety equipment includes four-wheel independent short and long arm front and multi-link rear suspensions, front and rear stabilizer bars, a four-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS), emergency braking assist, front and rear ventilated disc brakes, electronic brake force distribution stability control, traction control, tire pressure monitoring, active head restraints, and six airbags to protect occupants. GM's OnStar communications system will send help when an accident occurs.

EPA Fuel Economy

CTS: 17/26 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Sport suspension handling
  • Acceleration with either engine
  • Exterior appearance
  • AWD option

You Won't Like

  • Cost of options
  • No back-up camera
  • Back seat headroom

Sum Up

An entry-level luxury sedan with great performance.

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