Grants, NM to Joplin, MO - 2008 Cadillac CTS V6 DI: Day 2 Long-Term Road Test

2008 Cadillac CTS Long Term Road Test

2008 Cadillac CTS V6 DI: Day 2: Grants, NM to Joplin, MO

December 12, 2008

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One of the dear friends we call a commenter, ace47, doesn't want to read any more about how the Cadillac CTS rides nicely or how its navigation system performs. Okay, ace. Here's something you haven't read before: Did you know that if you leave the Caddy's ignition in accessory mode while filling the car up with gasoline, you can watch the miles-to-empty readout climb as each drop of fuel fills the tank? Didn't think so.

Further, we're not sure if our man ace47 (let's face it: there's no chance he's a woman) knows that after you fill up the tank and go into the Norther New Mexico gas station and purchase a bottle of water and a coffee, the woman behind the register will ring it up and say, "Woo, boot da bead off da bat."

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Other items of potential interest to ol' ace

The Caddy's iPod interface probably works beautifully when it works at all. For me and my antiquated, steam-powered iPod, the interface shows no love. It simply taunts me with a "device not supported" message. So it's the old-school AUX input for this Luddite.

We found down-sized version of the famed Cadillac Ranch along the side of an expressway off-ramp in Northern Texas, which uses half-buried VW Beetles in place of vintage Cadillacs. Hey, times are tough.

We witnessed a distressing tendency of drivers in New Mexico to roll their vehicles for no apparent reason. We saw two such single-car incidents on dry, straight, lightly trafficked roads. How do you do that?

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The CTS has now racked up 1,625.8 miles on this trip and its average speed (68.5 mph) and average fuel economy (24.2 mpg) continue to inch ever upward. Also the ride quality is quite good.

Daniel Pund, Senior Editor, Detroit @ 19,612 miles

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