2004 Cadillac CTS Consumer Review: Styish, solid, impressive

2004 Cadillac CTS - Consumer Review

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Base Sedan (3.2L V6 5-speed Manual)

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Styish, solid, impressive
By Vince on


2004 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5M)


I bought this car to replace my 2004 Acura TL that got totaled, and the Caddy really leaves you with a better impression. It drives very much like a Mercedes E-class; very solid and confident. The torquey 3.6 L engine accelerates with ease, never feels stressed, and is perfect for hour-plus highway trips, if not for the less- than-stellar fuel economy (at least it takes regular gas). The dash design is a bit homely, to be honest, but the interior is otherwise very pleasant and the seats are really comfortable (although at first it was tricky adjusting it to a comfy position). Polished metal plates on the door sills would be nice, like in other luxury cars.

Best Features

Although it really should have an aux input for ipods, the 6-speaker Bose stereo sounds awesome nonetheless, especially thanks to the 8" woofer in the back. The comfy seats, torquey engine, and solid ride really take the edge off rush-hour commuting. The folding rear seat has been very useful.

Worst Features

The dash design, while not bad, isn't as nice as others in its class. The stereo really deserves an aux input, or some other form of MP3 playback. I never understood the cruise control operation of GM cars; Fords and Japanese cars are more intuitive. I believe all these have been addressed for 2008.
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