Several reviewers note the availability of all-wheel drive in the 2009 Cadillac CTS, a feature that is almost a cost of entry in this class. ForbesAutos.com says 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.”
There are a few design-related feature questions. Taking a close look at interior features, the ForbesAutos.com reviewer asks, “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?”
Two new features are mentioned by nearly all reviewers: the Advanced Navigation System, and the $3,145 optional Infotainment system with Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround Sound. Adaptive forward lighting is another feature that garners the testers' attention. Edmunds singles out the 2009 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 notes that the sound system “will download and store your CD collection and operate your iPod from the pop-up touch screen,” and CNET lauds the “tabbed structure” and improved screen resolution of the Infotainment system, commenting that the 40GB built-in hard drive is the largest they’d seen in a car to date. Edmunds is 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. It can also 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.