2008 Cadillac CTS Long Term Road Test


2008 Cadillac CTS: Another View of the Cockpit

September 24, 2008

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Recently, a long-time friend informed me that he rented a 2008 Cadillac CTS in San Jose, CA, drove it to Santa Cruz on Highway 17, and loved it. This is a friend who has never owned a domestic-brand car. He's not really even into cars, but he has three requirements for the next car he buys:

1. Rear-wheel drive

2. Sharp handling (up to a point)

3. Able to accommodate his 300-lb bodybuilder frame

The CTS is the first moderately-sized sedan in a long time that he's been able to drive comfortably. (Sedans like the BMW 3 Series and Infiniti G35 have been struck from the list because they pinched his shoulders and restricted arm movement.)

I got into our long-term Cadillac CTS this morning and realized why my friend likes this car so much. The driver seat is broad and flat, and for an average-size adult like myself, there's the sensation of having a lot of room on all sides of you -- more so than I'd get in a G35, a 3 Series or even a 5 Series.

Although the driving position in the CTS isn't perfect, there's a lot to be said for this cockpit if you're on the big side. And I like the fact that the Cadillac can be this roomy without seeming too casual. Even though materials quality falls short of any BMW, there's no denying this is an elegant cabin.

Erin Riches, Inside Line Senior Editor @ 13,051 miles

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