Several reviewers noted the availability of all-wheel drive in the 2008 Cadillac CTS, a new feature for 2008. ForbesAutos.com said that the option makes the CTS more competitive in its class, as AWD “is fast becoming a must-have in parts of the country that see snow.”
Two new features were mentioned by nearly all reviewers: the Advanced Navigation System, and the so-called Infotainment system with Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround Sound, a $3,145 option. Adaptive forward lighting is another noteworthy feature. Edmunds singled out the 2008 Cadillac CTS’s integrated XM real-time traffic service as one of the most useful features, while also complimenting the hard-drive-based navigation system, with its three-dimensional renderings of buildings when closely zoomed.
Kelley Blue Book noted that the sound system “will download and store your CD collection and operate your iPod from the pop-up touch screen,” and CNET lauded the “tabbed structure” and improved screen resolution of the Infotainment system, commenting that the 40GB built-in hard drive was the largest they’d seen in a car to date. Edmunds was also wowed by the capabilities of the CTS’s optional ($3,145) surround sound system, which has a USB port, iPod integration, and MP3 playback capabilities and can record and replay 60 minutes of traditional or satellite radio, on a rolling basis, in case you want to rewind to a section of a show you missed. Several reviewers likened the standout feature to TiVo.
CNET criticized the CTS for lacking a Bluetooth hands-free interface, as most cars in its class now have. On the 2008 Cadillac CTS, it’s only available as a visor-attached (rather than sound-system-integrated, dealer-installed) option.
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?”