All-wheel drive is a new feature in the CTS. ForbesAuto says that makes the sedan more competitive, as AWD is a "must-have" in northern states.
Most reviews discussed the CTS' navigation system and surround-sound. Edmunds commended the real-time traffic data supplied with satellite radio, and called it one of the most useful features.
Many reviewers like the CTS' audio system, which lets owners upload CDs and store them into the vehicle's memory. The available sound system upgrade adds a USB port and the ability to record snippets of over-the-air music--up to 60 minutes' worth--which makes it the in-car equivalent of TiVo.
However, the CTS doesn't have Bluetooth, and CNET took it to task for that. It can be added by dealers as an accessory, but it lives on a sun visor.
Taking a close look at interior features, the ForbesAutos.com reviewer asked, "Why are the door pockets so small? Why is the manual-mode shift gate for the automatic toward the passenger's thigh rather than the driver's? Why are there no shift paddles on the steering wheel?"
Conclusion The 2008 Cadillac CTS can be packed with leading-edge, gee-whiz features, yet depending on your size and needs, it might not deliver on the basics.