2008 Cadillac CTS V6 DI Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2008 Cadillac CTS - Road Test Specs

2008 Cadillac CTS Sedan

(3.6L V6 6-speed Manual)


Model year2008
Style4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
Base MSRP$35,290
As-tested MSRP$44,715


Drive typeRear-wheel drive
Engine typeDirect-injection V6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3564 (217)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)304 @ 6,400
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)273 @ 5,200
Transmission type6-speed automatic


Suspension, frontIndependent, double wishbones, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent, multilink, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelPilot Sport PS2
Tire size, front235/55ZR18 97Y
Tire size, rear235/55ZR18 97Y
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearVentilated disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.2
0-60 mph (sec.)6.5
0-75 mph (sec.)9.7
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.9 @ 94.6
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)28
60-0 mph (ft.)109
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)67
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.85
Sound level @ idle (dB)43.3
@ Full throttle (dB)82.9
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)67.5

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsWith traction control disabled, the grippy tires don't allow for an optimal launch because after initially spinning, they lock to the pavement and the car bogs off the line. Also, there's a slight dip in torque (between 3,000 and 4,000 rpm) right when the tires hook up, further hampering attempted wheelspin. Otherwise, the sport-shift mode on the six-speed automatic supplies quick yet smooth upshifts right at redline. Acceleration feels brisk, but not what I'd call outstanding.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsOutstanding brake feel and power. The nose dips a bit, but the rapid-cycle ABS maintains uniform forward pitch until full-stop. This is where the sticky tires begin to show their value. Also, the optional brakes show amazing fade resistance, with improved performance from the first to the last of five consecutive runs.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsThe CTS with the FE-3 suspension and summer tire package is simple to balance on the edge of grip, with absolutely zero steering correction required on the skid pad. Impressive grip with a slight tendency for understeer. Pushed beyond this, the car understeers heavily and doesn't have enough torque to break the rear tires loose for power oversteer. In the slalom, impressive grip and quick, precise steering are the predominant values. Its quick turn-in is followed closely by the rear end that tracks obediently. Only with sloppy throttle work or steering overcorrection does the rear begin to step out. Smoothness is rewarded rather than aggression. While I appreciate the low-friction (non-German) steering feel, it could stand to be a bit more communicative as well.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)421
Temperature (°F)76.6
Wind (mph, direction)2.6 NE

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)17 city/26 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)18 combined (23 best, 16 worst)
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)18

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,874 (3,990 as tested)
Length (in.)191.6
Width (in.)72.5
Height (in.)58.0
Wheelbase (in.)113.4
Legroom, front (in.)42.4
Legroom, rear (in.)35.9
Headroom, front (in.)38.8
Headroom, rear (in.)37.2
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)13.6
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)Not Available


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion6 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance5 years/100,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBrake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot available
Emergency assistance systemStandard 1-year subscription
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested

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