2008 Cadillac CTS Long Term Road Test


2008 Cadillac CTS: Detroit to Los Angeles Part 1

January 23, 2009

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I arrived in Detroit Saturday night after three days behind the wheel of our long-term BMW X5. On Sunday and Monday I attended media days at the Detroit Auto Show. Then, on Tuesday morning, Inside Line's Lead Senior Editor Ed Hellwig and I fired up our long-term 2008 Cadillac CTS and headed back to Santa Monica. Here is Part 1 of that story.

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There was so much snow in Michigan the morning we left, I-94 was closed for some stretches, forcing us to rethink our route. The Cadillac was handling the weather well enough, but if speeds were going to top 50 mph, we needed to head south. That meant we would cross through Kansas instead of Iowa and Nebraska. And what's in Kansas? That's right, Kansas City BBQ. We hit Arthur Bryant's for ribs and fries. It's a landmark. And it was good. Not as good as the Texas BBQ we hit in the R8 last year, but good.

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The Cadillac was sorta comfortable. Unlike the BMW, the Cadillac's seat and driving position ended up causing leg cramps after just a couple hundred miles. This made gas stops a welcome break. I even resorted to sticking my wallet and other items under my right thigh, trying to improve the support.

This was disappointing. I was expecting more long-haul comfort from such an expensive sedan.

-- Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief

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