2008 Cadillac CTS Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Thunder Gray Chromaflair
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$6,634 - $8,227
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
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MPG (up to)
17 City / 26 HWY
Horsepower
263-304
Seats
5

How 2008 Cadillac CTS Ranks In Its Class

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

You'll Like The 2008 Cadillac CTS If...

Cadillac was once the "Standard of the World," which was more than an advertising slogan. The competition is much deeper, wider and stronger today, but if you would like an unassailable reason to own, enjoy and be proud of a Cadillac again, this is it.

Cadillac CTS Models & Trims

chevronDown icon RWD w/1SA $6,634 - $8,227
Horsepower: 263 hp
Engine Type: Gas V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 8, 18 x 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon RWD w/1SB $6,634 - $8,227
Horsepower: 304 hp
Engine Type: Gas V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 8, 18 x 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon AWD w/1SA $6,634 - $8,227
Horsepower: 263 hp
Engine Type: Gas V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 8, 18 x 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon AWD w/1SB $6,634 - $8,227
Horsepower: 304 hp
Engine Type: Gas V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 8, 18 x 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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Owner Reviews

4.39
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Cadillac cts: smooth, stylish and comfortable ride.

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This car is very fast, dependable, quiet and still drives good. I service it at the miles requested and keep the synthetic oil changed. It has very few problems and Cadillac stands behind their vehicles with great customer service. My car only has 51k miles on it and drives like brand new. I would not hesitate to purchase another Cadillac in the future. This is a smooth riding car, with quick acceleration and very airtight. I do not use the sunroof, and would not purchase one in the future. It has a great sound system and very attractive body style. It was Motor Trend car of the year when I purchased it. I test drove the new SUV and would consider purchasing it in the future. It drove well too.

Liz A
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I’d say that overall the car is comfortable and luxurious way to ride in style.

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I love my Cadillac cuts. It is a very reliable car. The Bose sound system that comes with the car sounds really great! I also enjoy using the beautiful sunroof during the warmer weather. The leather interior is very comfortable and soft. The car also has a seat warmer which helps so much during the colder weather days. The air conditioning system cools the car immediately. The on star feature helps if you lock your keys inside, you can call and have them open the door for you and lets you drive it to without the keys. The overall performance of the Cadillac cuts is great.

Ruby B
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Great car to drive and very reliable. Also looks cool.

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There has been very few problems with my car. It is a very comfortable drive and can handle long distances whether its 2 hours or 21 hours. The car runs smoothly with only a few minor issues. The timing chain wore down and needed to be fixed which was very pricy. I also would prefer a car with more leg room for the backseat since passengers are usually squished. Huge trunk though. Very slick car to drive.

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Compare Models & Key Features

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$6,634 - $8,227
$6,634 - $8,227

Horsepower

Horsepower
263 (hp)
304 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

Engine Type
3.6L Variable Valve Timing V6 PFI (263 hp [196.1 kW] @ 6400 rpm, 253 lb, 3.6L VARIABLE VALVE TIMING V6 PFI
3.6L Variable Valve Timing V6 DI Direct Injection (304 hp [226.7 kW] @ 6400 rpm, 273 lb, 3.6L VARIABLE VALVE TIMING V6 DI DIRECT INJECTION
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Alarm

Alarm
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

BackUp Camera

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Standard
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Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
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Standard
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Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Standard
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Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Standard
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Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Standard
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Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
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Standard
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Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Standard
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Standard

Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
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Standard
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Standard

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Standard
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Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42.4 (in.)
42.4 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.9 (in.)
38.9 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
36.2 (in.)
36.2 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
36.9 (in.)
36.9 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
12.5 (cu. ft.)
12.5 (cu. ft.)

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
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Standard
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Standard

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
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Standard
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Standard

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

AUX Input
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

CD Player

CD Player
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Standard
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Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
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Standard
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Standard

AC

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
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Standard
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Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
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Standard
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Standard

Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Front Seats
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

Seat Memory
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Standard
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Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
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Optional
Optional
Optional
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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P235/50VR18
P235/50VR18

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
113.4 (in.)
113.4 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
56.2 (ft.)
56.2 (ft.)

Length

Length
190.1 (in.)
190.1 (in.)

Width

Width
70.6 (in.)
70.6 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3509 - 3568 (.lbs)
3509 - 3568 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
263 (hp)
304 (hp)

Torque

Torque
253 (ft. lbs.)
273 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
100 (.lbs)
100 (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Standard
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Limited Slip Differential

Limited Slip Differential
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
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Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
V6 Cylinder
V6 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive
Rear Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
17 (gal.)
17 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
22 (mpg)
22 (mpg)

City

City
17 (mpg)
17 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
26 (mpg)
26 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
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Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Standard
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Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Stability Control

Stability Control
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Traction Control

Traction Control
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Standard
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Standard

HID Headlights

HID Headlights
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
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Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Standard
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Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
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Side
G
Roof Strength
N/A
Driver-side Overlap Front
N/A
G
Good
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Acceptable
M
Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • Traction control, all-speed, brake and engine controlled *
  • StabiliTrak, stability enhancement system *
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
  • Daytime Running Lamps.
  • OnStar, 1-year of Directions & Connections plan. Includes the innovative easy to use Turn-by-Turn Navigation services which provide voice-guided directions (where available). Also includes Automatic Notification of Air Bag Deployment, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, Emergency Services, Roadside Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Hands-Free Calling, AccidentAssist, Remote Horn and Lights, Information and Convenience Services, and Driving Directions (OnStar services require vehicle electrical system (including battery), wireless service and GPS satellite signals to be available and operating for features to function properly. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance and Remote Door Unlock success varies with conditions. OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics available on most 2004 MY and newer GM vehicles. Diagnostic capability varies by model. Turn-By-Turn Navigation requires ABS and is not available in certain areas. Visit onstar.com or call 1-888-466-7827 for system limitations and details.) *
  • Air bags, dual-stage frontal driver, dual-depth frontal passenger with Passenger Sensing System, seat-mounted driver and right-front passenger side impact and front and rear outboard head curtain (Head curtain side air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front and outboard rear seat occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the vehicles Owners Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
  • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and right-front passenger
  • Child seat restraint system
  • Door locks, rear child security

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

J.D. Power Ratings

JD Power's Initial Quality Study measures issues with a vehicle the first 90 days after purchase.

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Safety Recalls (2)

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Electrical System Jun 4, 2010
Report Receipt Date:
Jun 4, 2010
NHTSA Campaign:
10V240000
Summary:
GM IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2006-2009 BUICK, LUCERNE; CADILLAC DTS; HUMMER H2; MODEL YEAR 2008-2009 BUICK ENCLAVE; CADILLAC CTS; MODEL YEAR 2007-2009 CADILLAC ESCALADE, ESCALADE ESV, ESCALADE EXT; CHEVROLET AVALANCHE, SILVERADO, SUBURBAN, TAHOE; GMC ACADIA, SIERRA, YUKON, YUKON XL; SATURN OUTLOOK; AND MODEL YEAR 2009 CHEVROLET TRAVERSE VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A HEATED WASHER FLUID SYSTEM (HWFS). A RECALL WAS IMPLEMENTED IN 2008 TO ADD A FUSE TO THE CONTROL CIRCUIT HARNESS TO ADDRESS THE POTENTIAL CONSEQUENCES OF A PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD (PCB) ELECTRICAL SHORT. HOWEVER, THERE HAVE BEEN NEW REPORTS OF THERMAL INCIDENTS ON HWFS MODULES AFTER THIS IMPROVEMENT WAS INSTALLED. THESE INCIDENTS RESULTED FROM A NEW FAILURE MODE ATTRIBUTED TO THE DEVICE'S THERMAL PROTECTION FEATURE. THE SIGNIFICANCE VARIES FROM MINOR DISTORTION TO CONSIDERABLE MELTING OF THE PLASTIC AROUND THE HWFS FLUID CHAMBER.
Consequence:
IT IS POSSIBLE FOR THE HEATED WASHER MODULE TO IGNITE AND A FIRE MAY OCCUR.
Remedy:
DEALERS WILL PERMANENTLY DISABLE AND REMOVE THE HEATED WASHER FLUID MODULE. AN UPDATED PAGE FOR THE OWNER MANUAL WILL BE PROVIDED AND INSERTED IN THE OWNER MANUAL TO DOCUMENT THAT THE FEATURE HAS BEEN PERMANENTLY DISABLED AND REMOVED FROM THE VEHICLE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE JUNE 11, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BUICK AT 1-866-608-8080, CADILLAC AT 1-866-982-2339, CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438, SATURN AT 1-800-972-8876, GMC AT 1-866-996-9463 AND HUMMER AT 1-800-732-5493 OR AT THE OWNER CENTER AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.
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Recall Jul 2, 2014
Report Receipt Date:
Jul 2, 2014
NHTSA Campaign:
14V394000
Summary:
This defect can affect the safe operation of the airbag system. Until this recall is performed, customers should remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the ignition key. The key fob (if applicable), should also be removed from the key ring. General Motors LLC (GM) notified the agency on July 2, 2014 that they are recalling 554,328 model year 2003-2014 Cadillac CTS vehicles manufactured August 16, 2001, to April 28, 2014, and 2004-2006 Cadillac SRX vehicles manufactured March 20, 2003, to August 11, 2006. In these models, the weight on the key ring and/or road conditions or some other jarring event may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position, turning off the engine.
Consequence:
If the key is not in the run position, the air bags may not deploy if the vehicle is involved in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
Remedy:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will provide two replacement key rings, and vehicles with slotted keys will receive key inserts, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 14172.

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