Compare 2008 BMW 3-Series vs 2009 Cadillac CTS

2008 BMW 3-Series
2009 Cadillac CTS
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4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV South Africa 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sports Wagon RWD 328i 20 30 $31,740 $34,500
4-Door Sedan AWD 328xi 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
4-Door Sedan AWD SULEV 328xi 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
2-Door Coupe RWD 328i 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
2-Door Coupe RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
4-Door Sports Wagon AWD 328xi 19 28 $33,490 $36,400
2-Door Coupe AWD 328xi 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
2-Door Coupe AWD SULEV 328xi 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
4-Door Sedan RWD 335i 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 335i 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
2-Door Coupe RWD 335i 19 29 $37,905 $41,200
4-Door Sedan AWD 335xi 19 25 $37,905 $41,200
2-Door Coupe AWD 335xi 19 29 $39,560 $43,000
2-Door Convertible 328i 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
2-Door Convertible SULEV 328i 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
2-Door Convertible 335i 19 28 $45,540 $49,500
4-Door Sedan M3 14 20 $49,495 $53,800
2-Door Coupe M3 14 20 $51,980 $56,500
2-Door Convertible M3 M3 14 19 $59,755 $64,950
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4-Door Sedan RWD w/1SA
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD w/1SA 16 25 $34,366 $36,560
4-Door Sedan RWD w/1SB 17 26 $36,528 $38,860
4-Door Sedan AWD w/1SA 17 25 $37,374 $39,760
4-Door Sedan AWD w/1SB 17 26 $38,314 $40,760
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,085
$34,366
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$32,700
$36,560
Monthly Payment Estimate
$545 / month
$609 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 BMW 3-Series sedan has the best overall driving experience in its class and remains the gold standard among mid-size sport sedans. The 2009 Cadillac CTS continues to compete with the best from Mercedes and BMW with a distinctly American approach, boasting some of the top tech features in its class.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
41.5 42.4
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 55.1
Second Leg Room (in)
34.6 35.9
Front Head Room (in)
38.5 38.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
93.0 98
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 54.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.4 56.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 37.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 54.7
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 62.0
Wheelbase (in)
108.7 113.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.5 72.5
Track Width, Front (in)
59.1 61.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
178.2 191.6
Height, Overall (in)
55.9 58.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.0 13.6
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x 0.79 12.4 x 1.02
Brake Type
Pwr-Assisted Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x 0.94 12.4 x 1.26
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.1 18
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.0 17.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.1 56.2
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/55R16 P235/55HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA QCH
Front Tire Size
P205/55R16 P235/55HR17
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA QCH
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3340 3509
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 17 x 8
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 17 x 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 11.7
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
180 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
200 @ 2750 253 @ 3100
Engine Order Code
NA LY7
Displacement
3.0L/183 3.6L/220
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
230 @ 6500 263 @ 6400
Engine Type
Gas I6 Gas V6
Fuel System
MPI PFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 16
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 19
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 0.79
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.32 4.15
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.66 1.53
Trans Type
6 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.94 3.67
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.46 2.33
Trans Order Code
NA MN6
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.23 4.15
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.23 1.15
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
BMW 3 Series Cadillac CTS
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Pivot Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.71
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.94
Suspension Type - Rear
5-Link Independent
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 5

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