Chris Brogan started it all one day on Twitter. Since he has two kids, he was checking out a new car for his family.
"If I think the CTS is hot, does that make me an old man?"
Of course, he's talking about the 2009 Cadillac CTS. He drove one on his last visit to Detroit, and that got us all talking... Is Cadillac still in the "old man" category? Christopher Barger stepped in to help us out with the discussion, which really didn't need any help at all. You see, many of us that day on Twitter barraged Brogan with our thoughts on how the CTS is not only a great car with an awesome powertrain and a hot design, it also happens to fit two car seats in the back very comfortably.
Mr. Barger just happens to be the Director of Global Social Media for General Motors, but don't let that taint this post. He's taking over to tell us how he feels personally about his very own Cadillac CTS.
What is it that I can tell you about the CTS as a family car? I've been driving mine for only a few months now (just passed 6500 miles this morning on the way to work), but I can tell you that we love this car. My wife and I have a 7 year old and a just-turned 17 year old; the car serves us very well as a primary family vehicle. Not only is it the nicest, most luxurious vehicle I've ever had, but it fits my family's needs in a very stylish way. Yeah, I know that sounds like a marketing brochure.... but I guess the best compliment one can pay a product one loves is to start gushing like a promo piece about it whenever anyone asks! (And yes, I would say this about the CTS even if I didn't work for General Motors. In fact, I'm actually writing this more as a driver and less as an employee -- though we shouldn't pretend for a moment that I'm not a PR guy for GM, so I understand if people might think I'm laying it on thick. I promise I'm not; I just love this car.)
I first realized that I might not be the only one in my family who was going to love the CTS just a few nights after I brought it home. I went to pick up my teenager on a Friday night from his local teen hangout; when I pulled into the parking lot, there was a gaggle of high schoolers standing around with him who got a first look at their buddy's stepdad's new car. Saturday night when I picked him up, the crowd was actually a little bigger... word had gotten out around his friends that his stepdad's new car was "suh-weeet!" and a few had come out to take a look. When he opened the passenger door to get in, I heard one of his friends say, "Dude, I want your step-dad's car!" At this point I have become a limo driver of sorts, as all of his friends keep asking if I can drive them where they're going. Since this is probably the first time in more than 20 years that I have been considered cool or rockin' by a bunch of 16 year olds, I am guessing that it is my CTS and not me who's earned the admiration. ;-)
My 7 year old also is a fan. Whenever we're going somewhere and we ask him "should we take Mommy's car or my car?" he always quickly shouts "Your car! Your car!" He's still at a height and weight where he needs to be in a child booster seat, and he's got plenty of room for that seat along with various stuffed animals, Leapster games, bags of gear for swimming lessons, and whatever else he takes with him. We could easily fit a second car seat back there if we ever had another one, and there'd be plenty of room for both.
From a practical family standpoint, one of the things we love is that the trunk is surprisingly spacious; we can make a full grocery run for a household that includes two growing boys without ever needing to use the back seat. The mileage is not bad for a luxury vehicle; I have a significant commute every day (50+ miles round trip) and usually only have to fill up once each work week. I wish I had done the math to give you exact numbers, but I would venture a guess that I get somewhere between 20-22 mpg. (That's *not* official and represents only my personal estimate based on the fuel I use, so pls take it only as one driver's estimate, not as official-to-GM specs!)