2008 Cadillac CTS: Will I still love you tomorrow?
February 04, 2009
The CTS will be going away soon and it's too bad. I'll miss it.
I really like the CTS: decent handling combined with great ride quality, good steering (all of the aforementioned better than the C300), good brakes, great interior design and features, and sharp exterior styling.
Do I mean sharp styling as in handsome, or as in sharp edges? Well -- both.
And this is the one concern area if I were to consider buying this car: will the car's sharp-edged styling hold up over time?
You see, when I buy a new car, I want to keep it for at least 5 years, maybe 10.
(Edmunds/IL readers, though, should buy a new vehicle every 3 years to keep this Economy going!)
But what about the design of the CTS? If I were to buy one and keep it, would it end up being a $40K regret down the road?
Allow me to paint a heavy-handed styling classification, in broad strokes:
1. There are some cars that look good when they are released, and look good 10 years later (e.g., Ferrari Daytona, original Viper GTS (blue with white stripes, of course), C4 and C6 Corvette, Datsun 240Z).
2. There are some cars that were ugly when released, ugly later (e.g., Pinto, most everything AMC, new Ferrari California, etc, the list goes on...).
3. There are a few cars that were ugly when they came out, then got (way) better looking (e.g., '84 Testarossa, and ??).
4. There are cars where the styling is neither good nor bad: you just don't care (e.g, most everything out of Japan). This category captures most of the vehicles on the road today, I think, as most people own vehicular appliances.
5. And there are some cars that are good looking now, but will not look good 10 years from now.
Where to classify the CTS?? In Category 1? Or maybe Category 5? -- where it will be joined by the new 370Z. I guess if I bought a CTS, I could always sell it when I got tired of it and eat the depreciation.
And there's always leasing.
Albert Austria, Sr Vehicle Evaluation Engineer @ 25, 000 miles