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2008 Cadillac CTS
Specifications and Equipment

    • General Information
      Body Types4D Sedan
      Transmissions6-Speed Automatic
      6-Speed Manual
      Engines3.6L 258 hp 6 Cyl
      3.6L 304 hp 6 Cyl
      Trim LevelsBase



    • EPA Mileage18/26 mpg
      Fuel TypeGas
      Fuel Capacity18.00 Gal
    • Engine3.6L
      Transmission6-Speed Automatic
      Cylinders6 Cylinders
      Horsepower258 HP
      Torque252 @3100
      Overall Length191.6"
      Height 58
      Width 72
      Curb Weight3509 lbs.
      Cargo Capacity14 cu. ft.
      Seating Capacity5/5
      Payload CapacityN/R
      Towing Capacity1000 lbs.
    • N/A Not Available
      Standard Equipment Standard
      Optional Equipment Optional
      ABS Brakes Standard Equipment
      Driver Air Bag Standard Equipment
      Passenger Air Bag Standard Equipment
      Side Air Bag Standard Equipment
      Child Safety Locks Standard Equipment
    • Not Available Not Available
      Standard Equipment Standard
      Optional Equipment Optional
      Navigation System Optional Equipment
      Panoramic Sunroof Optional Equipment
      Cloth Seats Optional Equipment
      Leather Seats Optional Equipment
      Power Seat(s) Optional Equipment
      Front Seat Heaters Optional Equipment
      Air Conditioned Seats Optional Equipment
      Side Airbags Standard Equipment
      Overhead Airbags Standard Equipment
      Automatic Transmission Optional Equipment
      Manual Transmission Optional Equipment
      AM/FM Stereo Standard Equipment
      Auxiliary Audio Input Optional Equipment
      CD Audio Optional Equipment
      Satellite Radio Ready Optional Equipment
      BOSE Sound System Standard Equipment
      4WD/AWD Optional Equipment
      Cruise Control Standard Equipment
      Air Conditioning Standard Equipment
      ABS Brakes Standard Equipment
      Power Windows Standard Equipment
      Power Locks Standard Equipment
      Power Mirrors Standard Equipment
      Rear Defroster Standard Equipment
      Traction Control Standard Equipment
      Parking Sensors Optional Equipment
      Rear Spoiler Optional Equipment
      Alloy Wheels Standard Equipment
      Luxury Package Optional Equipment
      Luxury Performance Pkg Optional Equipment
      Performance Package Optional Equipment
      Memory Seat(s) Optional Equipment

Specs & Performance (according to Edmunds)

Model year 2008
Make Cadillac
Model CTS
Style 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
Base MSRP $35,290
As-tested MSRP $44,715
Drive type Rear-wheel drive
Engine type Direct-injection V6
Displacement (cc/cu-in) 3564 (217)
Block/head material Aluminum/aluminum
Horsepower (hp @ rpm) 304 @ 6,400
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) 273 @ 5,200
Transmission type 6-speed automatic
Suspension, front Independent, double wishbones, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Suspension, rear Independent, multilink, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Steering type Speed-proportional power steering
Tire brand Michelin
Tire model Pilot Sport PS2
Tire size, front 235/55ZR18 97Y
Tire size, rear 235/55ZR18 97Y
Brakes, front Ventilated disc
Brakes, rear Ventilated disc
Track Test Results
0-45 mph (sec.) 4.2
0-60 mph (sec.) 6.5
0-75 mph (sec.) 9.7
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph) 14.9 @ 94.6
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.) 28
60-0 mph (ft.) 109
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) 67
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) 0.85
Sound level @ idle (dB) 43.3
@ Full throttle (dB) 82.9
@ 70 mph cruise (dB) 67.5
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration comments With traction control disabled, the grippy tires don't allow for an optimal launch because after initially spinning, they lock to the pavement and the car bogs off the line. Also, there's a slight dip in torque (between 3,000 and 4,000 rpm) right when the tires hook up, further hampering attempted wheelspin. Otherwise, the sport-shift mode on the six-speed automatic supplies quick yet smooth upshifts right at redline. Acceleration feels brisk, but not what I'd call outstanding.
Braking rating Excellent
Braking comments Outstanding brake feel and power. The nose dips a bit, but the rapid-cycle ABS maintains uniform forward pitch until full-stop. This is where the sticky tires begin to show their value. Also, the optional brakes show amazing fade resistance, with improved performance from the first to the last of five consecutive runs.
Handling rating Excellent
Handling comments The CTS with the FE-3 suspension and summer tire package is simple to balance on the edge of grip, with absolutely zero steering correction required on the skid pad. Impressive grip with a slight tendency for understeer. Pushed beyond this, the car understeers heavily and doesn't have enough torque to break the rear tires loose for power oversteer. In the slalom, impressive grip and quick, precise steering are the predominant values. Its quick turn-in is followed closely by the rear end that tracks obediently. Only with sloppy throttle work or steering overcorrection does the rear begin to step out. Smoothness is rewarded rather than aggression. While I appreciate the low-friction (non-German) steering feel, it could stand to be a bit more communicative as well.
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.) 421
Temperature (F) 76.6
Wind (mph, direction) 2.6 NE
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg) 17 city/26 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg) 18 combined (23 best, 16 worst)

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