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New cars: What the critics say

Cadillac CTS Price: $32,990

 
Motor Trend
The CTS is this magazine’s 2008 “Car of the Year.” Technological prowess has been matched with a “wide, gently chiseled” body, a massive grille, snazzy headlights and taillights, and low-riding wheel arches. News flash to those who write off GM as a “dying dinosaur”—this showpiece of a sedan is now one of the world’s best automobiles.

Road & Track
Cadillac continues to reinvent itself with this second-generation, rear-drive sedan. The “stealth-fighter” chassis is now wider, there’s more shoulder and elbow room than before, and the dashboard has been given a much-needed, upscale overhaul. The CTS goes from 0 to 60 mph in 6.0 seconds—not great, but “it ain’t chopped liver.”

Car and Driver
The six-speed automatic gearbox does fine both under ordinary driving conditions and in sports mode, with the engine “just 500 rpm shy of redline.” The CTS’ redone interior upstages the new Mercedes C-Class, and “a TiVo-like function” allows you to replay a song you half-missed on the radio.

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