Just bought this vehicle after extensive research, including BMW 335i, 535i, Infiniti M35/45, among others. This vehicle was the best value from a features & performance per dollar standpoint. The BMW's had a slight edge on drive experience and handling, but not enough to warrant the higher price and sacrifice on all other features. The technology inside the CTS is incredible, with only a few annoying exceptions (see below). I am very happy with this car and look forward to driving it every day. It has great curb appeal and is a vehicle that makes you feel great when driving it. If you like music, then you'll esp love it. Between the ipod interface, 40G hard drive, and XM, you can't ever run out.
Drive experience - horsepower, torque, AWD Amazing looks (Crystal Red Tintcoat looks great on this car). Nav system. Ipod interface, 40G hard drive. Heated seats warm up very fast. Remote start is a great feature. Adaptive headlights. Interior ambient lighting at night is very cool
Some annoying misses/design issues by GM: No backup camera (even when there is a Nav system on board - huh?) No heated steering wheel (however, you can get it with the SRX, Escalade, etc.) No auto retracting side mirrors. No place to store sunglasses. 12V adpators - too few and tight clearance