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Consumer Reports: Cadillac CTS Outscores Mercedes, BMW


Conventional wisdom seems to be falling by the wayside these days, especially when it comes to the established order among automotive nameplates. As TheCarConnection.com previously reported, Nissan’s Altima pulled an unexpected win over the well-entrenched Honda Accord, in the most recent Consumer Reports list of affordable mid-size sedans.

Now comes an even bigger surprise from the influential CR: in an equally noteworthy upset, Cadillac’s second-generation CTS sedan has whupped both the benchmark BMW 328i, as well as the recently redesigned Mercedes-Benz C300 in the magazine’s list of upscale sports sedans. Among a tough, competitive field, CTS was the only model to win an “excellent” ranking.

“The Cadillac CTS now competes toe-to-toe with some of the best German and Japanese sport sedans,” explained David Champion, Consumer Reports’ senior director of automotive testing. “There are more safety features and interior amenities in the new model. Fit and finish is greatly improved, and the interior is much more pleasant than in the previous generation.”

While the folks at General Motors headquarters, in the Detroit Renaissance Center, may be cheering, they’re not entirely surprised. CTS also won the coveted Motor Trend Car of the Year trophy late last year, and it was the first runner-up in the closely watched balloting by 45 North American auto writers. In the end, however, honors as the North American Car of the Year went to CTS’s sibling, the latest-generation Chevrolet Malibu. (The shot below captures a beaming Chevy General Manager Ed Peper collecting his NACTOY award.)

Not so coincidentally, Consumer Reports announced that it has given an “excellent” rating to the Malibu, as well, both in inline-4 and V-6 trim. In its “Auto Test Extra,” CR proclaimed, “The redesigned Malibu now ranks among the best family sedans in CR’s ratings, just below the Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, and Toyota Camry.”

Chevrolet Malibu, Mazda CX-9 Grab Car/Truck-of-the-Year kudos. Malibu marks big GM comeback while Mazda stakes out a position in the truck market. Sunday, January 13, 2008

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  1. I am curious as to which engine they used in the comparo for the cts
     
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  2. All Cadillacs models are in front of germans and japanese cars.
     
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  3. BMW's are over rated and always have been. People have been in denial about American cars being elite. It's about time that GM gets credit for making a good product. If Consumer Reports rated an Amercian product highly, it must be obvious. They have been the cheerleader for imports and are far from impartial.
     
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  4. ok, wait til' trade in time.
     
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  5. I agree with Walker. The BMW 3 Series has been overrated for years. But the new CTS is miles better than the old one, at least in appearance. I have yet to drive one. It's good to see the Saab 9-3 recommended. That's always been underrated and I've had two. I like its combination of FWD, safety, light weight, fuel efficiency, turbo and fun handling.

    UH2L
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  6. I just took delivery of a loaded '08, trading in my 03 CTS (5-speed stick, sport suspension). Deep blue outside, light grey inside, fast, responsive, planted on the road, toy-laden inside and tight all around. This car is not just a major improvement on the previous model, but an eye-catcher and attention-grabber at every stoplight. However, it's not for the timid - for them, there's the C-class.
     
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  7. People have been in denial for years about Consumer Reports - most people are ala carte about it. When it comes to cars - how could somebody outside of Detroit have a clue - they think.

    I'm an American (native Detroiter too) who lives in Europe. If American cars are so good why don't I see more here? Chrysler has the biggest presence of American cars, but they are mostly built over here and people see a better quality of build. If the new Malibu is so good it could be a top-of-the-line model for Chevy over here now that the Chevrolet brand has replaced Daewoo.

    The proof is in the pudding - we see hundreds of thousand of European cars shipped to North America - but few in return.
     
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  8. This is great that GM is finally starting to build cars that compete with the best cars in the world. I'm glad they seem to be finally putting some real effort into something besides SUV's and trucks.

    And as to why you don't see many American built cars in Europe, most European countries have extremely high barrier's to entry for importers. The government's in the EU nations have a long history of being fiercely protective of their domestic industries, while the US has traditionally been a very open market in comparison. If you haven't noticed, there aren't nearly as many cars from places like Japan in Europe either...they are there, but in much smaller numbers than North America.

    As an example, do you really think there would be more Peugeot's and Renault's than Toyota's and Honda's on the roads of France if the French government wasn't involved in limiting the number of foreign cars available to the consumer? I doubt it.
     
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  9. to Todd: American cars are useless in Europe. Too big for the road, too thirsty engine and mostly crappy suspension. There are much cheaper than European cars of the same class but nobody would buy them unless big fan of US car history. And no it's not because EU. Here in Prague you can see as much cars of any Japanese brand as of any European brand. Actually there are more Japanese cars here than Italian cars. Of cause most of the cars you can see here are of Czech brand Skoda even though they are more expensive that French cars. Of cause most of the cars in Sweden are Volvos and Saabs even though they are probably most expensive cars in Europe. Of cause most of the cars in France are either Peugeot, Citroen or Renault (these ones are actually cheap with good design and quite hi-tech so don't blame French to buy them). European countries are almost as patriotic as US. And there is also that most Europeans hate US mainly because they voted for Bush (twice!!!) so they wouldn't buy American cars even if they were actually comparable with European cars.
     
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  10. At least for GM, their presence in Europe is primarily through Opel and Vauxhall, though they do export N American vehicles, and in fact, their exports are rising. And GM gained market share in Europe in 2007. In fact, they gained market share in all parts of the world except N America. Almost 60% of GM's market is outside NA.

    You must keep in mind that American car buyers are VERY different from European buyers, and they have different priorities. So what makes a great vehicle in one continent, might be off the mark in the other.
     
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  11. It is about time that the liberal writers have to acknowledge that we in the US can compete with their alleged Japanese and European superiority or is their unlevel playing field especially the Japanese.
     
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  12. That is one ugly car. I'll never be caught driving in one no matter how "excellent" it is. American cars never sell well outside America. I'm not a big fan of Mercedes either, but I wouldn't mind driving it.
     
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  13. I lived in Europe for 15 years, Spain, Germany, and Italy. Europeans love American Cars. But the reason why they do not buy them.... Taxes. For example, a BMW in Germany cost twice what it cost in American. An American car three times. And of cause there is the gas prices. When I lived in Germany, a gallon of gas cost 6-dollars, but in America 1.45 per gallon. And most important, some of their streets and underground parking garages are too narrow for an American car.

    I do not think BlackRider ever lived in Europe. If BlackRider did lived in Europe he would of maybe had a garage sale at one time or another, and noticed European coming out of the wood work to look and buy what the Americans were selling. They love our cars, furniture, and our jeans.

    Cadillac is a fine car and I'm planning on buying one.
     
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  14. Cadillac is putting some bling onto their cars. I like. The cts is fast, luxurious, and sweet. I rented the car when I went ot Vegas. It was everything but boring.
     
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