Most reviewers applauded the 2008 Cadillac CTS's new look, even though the exterior is carried over mostly unchanged in overall form. "Beautifully executed," says ForbesAutos. They say the car has a "charismatic glow" that gathers "positive attention."
There's an almost excessive amount of design detail in the front and rear ends, though, and not everyone was wild about it. Cars.com said it "can come off as a bit busy." Others suggested the tall grille may not be to everyone's taste.
The interior is more of a subject of controversy. Several reviewers pointed out that the 2008 Cadillac CTS's form makes it a bit of a fashion victim, as its thick rear pillars and roofline obstructed the view and confined trunk access and rear-seat space. Yet several other reviewers said nearly the opposite. Car and Driver noted that "even with a steeply raked rear window, the CTS offers a much larger and usable back seat,"especially when compared with the smaller cars it competes with price-wise.
Up close, reviewers were split over whether the interior was too flashy and flamboyant to be effective. Kelley Blue Book said the interior's has "cheerfully luxurious design"and says "every control was easy to see, find and operate."
TheCarConnection.com especially appreciates the new 2008 Cadillac CTS's exterior appearance, The interior is attractive, but still might not agree with all luxury buyers' tastes--such as those looking for styling like that of German luxury sedans. While its styling may elicit love-it-or-hate-it remarks, the new CTS breaks the very conservative mold that compact sport sedans are expected to stay within.