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.”
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