The 2008 CTS is a completely redesigned model and is leaps and bounds above its 2003-2007 first generation predecessor. To call it a vast improvement is a bit of an understatement. The brand new Sigma II platform that underpins the ‘08 CTS is the spearhead of General Motors’ current product salvo and is thus far unique to the Cadillac, as no other GM car currently uses it. This new CTS is arguably the most modern and competitive vehicle that GM has ever built, and I’m not just saying that to hear myself speak or to plug GM. It really is a step forward, and it’s been designed and engineered exclusively to take on the best the competition has to offer on a global scale, with models like the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class, Audi A4, Infiniti G35, and Lexus IS specifically in its sights. Cadillac has made the CTS physically larger than the German and Japanese entry level models, but smaller than their midsize models, while still pricing it to be competitive with the entry level models. Basically, more car for the money. The fit and finish of the CTS interior is probably the greatest testament to Cadillac’s focus on interior quality, as it is easily the best interior to ever to come out of General Motors. Personally, I think the car looks absolutely stunning, and is a mature evolution of the stealthy styling theme established with the first generation model. I was never one to call GM’s products competitive, as even the first CTS was compromised in many ways. This one is a real contender though.
GM’s 3.6L LY7 V6 will be the standard engine, providing 263hp, while the direct injection version of the LY7 (known as LLT) is the high spec engine, turning out 306hp. It achieves this by utilizing direct injection technology over the LY7’s standard port injection, which helps boost power, torque and fuel efficiency. This direct injection version will also serve as the base engine in the larger STS sedan. The list of optional features is quite extensive too, although one of my favorites would have to be the “Ultraview” sunroof, a panoramic sunroof that covers 70% of the rooftop and slides all the way back to the passenger seats.
And FWIW, if your biggest concern is whether or not you’re going to need to change a lightbulb or perform “minor repairs” on a brand new $33,000+ Cadillac when you claim to not have much involvement in car repair/maintenance, then I really think you should focus your concerns on other issues. I don’t see why you’d need to replace anything on it for a long, long time. The HID xenon bulbs are designed for longevity and aren’t about to suddenly crap out. Even when they do become dim many years down the line, it’s not terribly hard to swap them out, although I really can’t say as the adaptive lamp arrays which turn the projectors as you steer could make the process more involved. It’s anybody’s guess, but I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who based a car purchase decision on whether or not the headlights were easy to replace. And, as is generally the case, there have never been reliability figures for brand new cars, as we have not yet invented time travel. Only time can tell what a new model’s reliability figures are. The last generation CTS had average reliability ratings, with no more or fewer recalls or TSBs than any other car in its class. If you’re buying a newly redesigned model, you always run the risk of being a first generation guinea pig no matter what kind of car it is. All manufacturers usually have bugs to work out in a first year model, minor though they may usually be.